Early Learning and Child Care

At the 2015 annual general meeting in Quebec City, Early Learning and Child Care became one of CFUW’s national priorities.

Canada has no national child care policy despite many promises to create one, beginning with the Commission on the Status of Women in 1968.

UNESCO recognizes that early childhood is a time of remarkable brain growth, and argues that quality child care is early learning. They have combined their advocacy for Early Learning and Childcare into the call for Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) programs that attend to health, nutrition, security and learning: children’s holistic development. CFUW National supports this initiative and pursues this advocacy with our federal government.

In February, CFUW Guelph hosted a Community Child Care Forum featuring Martha Friendly, Executive Director of the Child Care Resource and Research Unit, Zeenat Janmohamed, faculty member in the School of Early Childhood at George Brown College and visiting Scholar at the Atkinson Centre for Society and Child Development at the University of Toronto, and Lorna Reid, Director of the Early Child Care and Learning Centre at University of Guelph.

CFUW believes that child care is a collective responsibility, as well as incredibly important for the economy.

During the 2015 election, Early Learning and Childcare was on the agenda of all the major parties. Prime Minister Trudeau and the Liberal Party promised to develop a National Early Learning and Child Care Framework to deliver affordable, high-quality, flexible child care for Canadians within the first 100 days in office.

Now, post-election, is the time to make sure that accessible and affordable early learning and childcare is available for all of our youngest Canadians!

Do you want to get involved in advocating for investment in Early Childhood Education in Canada?


Want to know more?

  • Check out the videos from this event on our YouTube channel click here
  • Check out the PowerPoint presentation on Early Childhood Education in Ontario from University of Toronto OISE click here
  • Check out the Early Childhood Care Education resource list click here

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