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Policy Monitor: Early Childhood Program & Policy Update

 

The Atkinson Centre's Policy Monitor provides regular updates on early childhood programs and policy across Canada. Information is organized by province/territory:


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Newfoundland

April 2017 ~ New! - Budget 2017: Realizing Our Potential

  • $2 million to be added to the base amount of $12.5 million to broaden the eligibility for the Child Care Subsidy Program, which will reduce costs for low to middle income families.
  • $1.3 million increase to the Early Learning and Child Care Supplement.
  • Over $13 million annually for full-day Kindergarten across the province.

March 2017 ~ New! - Speech from the Throne - The Way Forward to Greater Prosperity

"Indicative of our Government's commitment to early learning and child care, we will increase child care subsidies available to low income families throughout the province by increasing the income threshold eligibility requirement. Our Government will also look to increase the Early Learning and Child Care Supplement for qualifying early childhood educators."

June 2016 - Enhancing Child Care Services

"The following enhancements will be implemented for eligible child care services: All staff funded through the Inclusion Program will be required to obtain a minimum qualification of Entry Level Certification through the Association of Early Childhood Educators of Newfoundland and Labrador; The staffing grant has been extended to cover the cost of a substitute for a staff member to attend multi-disciplinary planning meetings, professional learning opportunities, or other recommended activities to enhance inclusionary practices; Policies for transitional planning will be developed to support smoother transitions for children as they move from one environment to another including from child care to the school system and out of child care at the age of 13; and The inclusion process will promote increased parental involvement and communication with the child care service provider."

April 2016 - Budget 2016

"The Provincial Government will invest over $13 million annually for the implementation of full-day Kindergarten beginning in September 2016, which includes hiring approximately 142 new teachers and providing additional student assistants. $277,000 has been allocated to implement the Premier’s Task Force on Improving Educational Outcomes to examine the K-12 system and focus on outcomes for all children in Newfoundland and Labrador, including our Aboriginal children. $1.4 million is provided for an additional 27 teaching units for inclusive education."

October 2015 - Enhancing Child Care Services for Residents

Excerpt: "For child care centres, the following enhancements are being implemented: The Operating Grant Program will allow for increased flexibility by providing up to an additional 15 per cent above current grant amounts for child care centres that can demonstrate the financial need; Existing child care centres where kitchen facilities are unavailable for the provision of meals and snacks will now be eligible to apply for the Operating Grant Program at a reduced grant amount; and; Equipment grant funding will be continued and increased by 30 per cent for all child care centres in the province."

September 2015 - Enhancing Child Care Services for Families and Communities - Provincial Government Launches Early Learning and Child Care Directory

The new Early Learning and Child Care Directory is a searchable online database and interactive map that helps parents identify regulated child care centres, family child care as well as family resource centres in their area. Regulated child care service providers may also publicly post any vacancies in their service using the directory's Child Care Availability page.

April 2015 - Budget 2015: Balancing Choices for a Promising Future

Excerpt: "This year, we are investing $926 million in a wide range of initiatives, such as the continued implementation of our 10-year child care strategy, Caring For Our Future, as well as significant investments in our K-12 infrastructure. Caring For Our Future is now in its fourth year of implementation and has been tremendously successful in enhancing the quality, affordability and sufficiency of child care in our province. Since 2003, we have increased the number of regulated child care spaces by 70 per cent and we will continue to build on that momentum by investing an additional $3.2 million to continue the implementation of this strategy, bringing this year’s budget to $45.7 million."

November 2014 - Making Child Care More Affordable for Families: To help make child care more affordable for parents, the Provincial Government is launching a voluntary Operating Grant Program. Through a total investment of $9.7 million, an annual operating grant will be given to eligible licensed child care centres to help offset some of the costs associated with providing child care.

November 2014 - Enhancing Regulated Child Care to Meet the Needs of Families. There are six key differences in the new act from the existing legislation. They are: The definitions of a “child care service” and a “child care provider” have been clarified and strengthened to outline specific exemptions to each definition; The capacity limit on a regulated child care licence has been removed which allows licensees to determine the scope of their service but does not impact quality of service for children; An appeals process for a licensing decision has been defined; The Minister, rather than the Lieutenant Governor in Council, will now appoint the Provincial Director of Child Care. The normal public service competition process will apply to that position; Regional managers will not be appointed as inspectors, providing transparency in the inspection process; and A statutory review will be required every five years, including a public consultation.

September 2014 - Premier Paul Davis Unveils New Cabinet, Innovative Approach

Excerpt: "Creation of the new Department of Education and Early Childhood Development: The best education systems integrate early learning activities with the formal education system. The new department will be responsible for the continuum of learning from infancy through high school. It brings together the teams that will spearhead initiatives in early childhood education, the introduction of full-day kindergarten and other advances throughout the primary, elementary and secondary systems."

August 2014 - Provincial Government Increases Toddler Rate Under the Child Care Services Subsidy Program - With a continued focus on strengthening child care throughout Newfoundland and Labrador, the Provincial Government will increase the toddler rate under the Child Care Services Subsidy Program. Effective September 1, 2014, the program’s toddler rate will increase from $30 to $33 per day for those children aged 24 months to under 36 months who are availing of regulated child care services.

April 2014 - In addition to funding for full-day Kindergarten, at a cost of $30.6 million over three years, Budget 2014: Shared Prosperity, Fair Society, Balanced Outlook includes $4.8 million for the continuation of early learning initiatives aimed specifically at infants and toddlers.

March 2014 - The Provincial Government released its 2014 Budget, and it remains committed to enhancing the quality, accessibility, and affordability of regulated child care services for families with young children throughout Newfoundland and Labrador. Budget 2014 allocates an additional $11.4 million for child care services, bringing the province’s total child care budget to approximately $42.5 million. This funding will focus on continuing to implement the 10-year child care strategy, Caring For Our Future: Provincial Strategy for Quality, Sufficient and Affordable Child Care in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Additional Resources:

January 2014 - The Early Literacy Foundations program, designed to give parents and caregivers the tools to promote and enhance early literacy development in children, was launched today (Monday, January 27) at the Michael Donovan Library in St. John’s.

March 2013 - Budget 2013 allocates an investment of $31.1 million in 2013-14 for child care in Newfoundland and Labrador, with a focus on continuing the implementation of Caring For Our Future: Provincial Strategy for Quality, Sufficient and Affordable Child Care in Newfoundland and Labrador. Two Backgrounders were provided outlining Key Investments for Child, Youth and Family Services in Budget 2013 and A Sound Plan for K-12 Education.

February 2013 - The NL Premier unveiled a ten-year provincial child care strategy.

February 2013 - The Newfoundland & Labrador Department of Education now provides community mapping of early childhood learning programs and services which is now available for public access and use.

November 2012 - November 5-9th is Play and Learn Week "in all Newfoundland and Labrador public schools that offer kindergarten and grades 1-3.... Play and Learn Week is a Newfoundland and Labrador initiative designed to highlight the importance of play for children’s optimal learning and development, and to reinforce the notion that many of the concepts taught in primary school can be taught through play based experiences."

May 2012 - The Department of Education, along with the departments of Child, Youth and Family Services and Health and Community Services launched The Power of Play, "a multi-media promotional campaign designed to highlight and encourage play-based learning."

May 2012 - The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador "has entered into a partnership with the Margaret & Wallace McCain Family Foundation and the Jimmy Pratt Foundation to study innovative ways in which to integrate early childhood learning programs in Newfoundland and Labrador with a view to enabling the smoothest possible transition to school."

April 2012 - The Department of Child, Youth and Family Services announced "$2 million for the second year of the Family Child Care Initiative.... This two-year pilot project is making great strides in the development of regulated child care spaces throughout the province with an emphasis on spaces for infants up to 24 months of age."

April 2012 - Budget 2012 includes new funds for child care for 2012-13, "doubling its investment by 2021-22 to approximately $56 million per year under a new 10-Year Child Care Strategy. "

November 2011 - The Department of Education is seeking proposals for a marketing campaign to promote the importance of play in young children’s development.

August 2011 - The Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador announced "more than $685,000... to support three child care centres in the communities of Labrador City and Wabush…. This funding is being provided through the Early Learning and Child Care (ELCC) Capacity Initiative of the Department of Child, Youth and Family Services. It will support the development of 117 new regulated child care spaces in Labrador and also sustain existing spaces by providing funding for renovations to maintain a current child care facility."

April 2011 – Early Childhood Learning: $1.3 million, part of a total commitment of $4.8 million over three years, to begin implementation of the Provincial Government's Early Childhood Learning Strategy, Learning from the Start.  Implementation begins with initiatives that focus on social and early language development opportunities from birth to age three, and with providing parents with the information and resources to help them give their children the right start – right from the start. Resources will include brochures, resource kits, a website and other tools.

April 2011 - Family Child Care Initiative that builds on the Early Learning and Child Care (ELCC) Capacity Initiative is a two-year pilot project to develop 400 new spaces in regulated family child care homes over two years.  The initiative is targeting a shortage of regulated spaces in rural communities and for children under the age of two. 

April 2011Child Care Tax Credit allows for a maximum amount of $7,000 per year to be claimed for children up to seven years of age, for a maximum credit of $539, and $4,000 per year for children aged seven to 16, for a maximum credit of $308.

March 2011 – Access to child care and early learning emphasized in Throne Speech.

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New Brunswick

April 2017 ~ New! - Investment in early learning and child care

"The provincial government is investing $1 million to support the Early Learning and Child Care Trust Fund."

February 2017 ~ New! - Listening Getting Things and Done - 2017-2018 Budget

"Understanding the importance of early childhood education in the years before kindergarten and the struggle many families face over the cost of daycare, our government will increase the amount it provides to New Brunswickers to help pay for the cost of daycare. By January 1, 2018, in keeping with our platform commitment, we will have doubled the budget of the daycare assistance program."

September 2016 - Ten-year education plans focus on results; local authorities will have flexibility on delivery

The plans, entitled Everyone at Their Best for the anglophone sector and Donnons à nos enfants une longueur d’avance for the francophone sector, identify objectives for the early learning and education system and establish clear expectations for standards and performance.

August 2016 - Valuing Children, Families and Childcare Report: The task force had a mandate to provide a path for creating the right conditions for child care and to suggest ways to address the challenges parents face in obtaining access to quality and affordable child care services.

February 2016 - Budget 2016-2017 – Foundations for Our Future

November 2015 - Keeping Children and Youth Safe from Harm in New Brunswick: A Five Year Strategy by New Brunswickers

April 2015 - Investment of $1.1 Billion in Children’s Education and Early Development

April 2015 - Daycare inspection reports now available online: As of April 2, 2015, all approved Child Day Care Facilities Inspection Reports will be available online.

March 2015 - Facing our Challenges Together - Budget 2015-2016

Excerpt: "Increasing the budget for the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development by 3.1 per cent so that strategic investments can be made that will be guided by new, comprehensive plans for both education and literacy."

February 2014 - Budget 2014-2015: Investing in our children and our schools is one of our government’s top priorities. With the challenging financial situation that we face, we must ensure that we get maximum value from every dollar we invest in our learning system. The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development’s (EECD) budget is increasing by one per cent in 2014-2015.

Additional Resources:

March 2013 - The budget contains more than $230 million in spending reduction initiatives across departments that are designed to offset inflationary pressures. Detailed, in-depth reviews are underway in the departments of Health, Education and Early Childhood Development, Social Development, and Transportation and Infrastructure to identify service delivery efficiencies. Various efficiency measures have been rolled out across all departmental budgets to offset inflationary and service demand pressures and allow for select new investments.

September 2012 - The government of New Brunswick announced it would be "investing an additional $1 million in the Day Care Assistance program to increase childcare subsidies and to expand the program eligibility to help families with early learning and childcare costs." This funding is part of the government's $38-million three-year action plan Putting Children First.

August 2012 - The Premier of New Brunswick provided a progress report on its three-year action plan, Putting Children First: Positioning Early Childhood for the Future, unveiled last spring.  Included in the plan are integrating early childhood and education services, realigning the boundaries for local early childhood services with school district boundaries and extedning the definition of early childhood up to children 8-years-old.

August 2012 - The provincial government has "re-instated the wage enhancement of $2.75 per hour for early learning and childcare staff... The initiative supports the pay equity measures for early learning and childcare staff"

June 2012 - The provincial government has released a three-year, $38-million action plan, Putting Children First, that will integrate early childhood services into the school system.

May 2012 - "Amendments have been proposed to the unproclaimed Early Learning and Childcare Act to establish a single piece of legislation called the Early Childhood Services Act. The new act would combine all early childhood programs and services such as preschool autism intervention, prenatal support, early learning and childcare, and early intervention.... Changes to the section of the act detailing curriculum frameworks are proposed so that licensed childcare facilities use only one of the two frameworks provided by the department."

January 2012 - On January 11, 2012, the Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development announced a plan "to reorganize school districts; increase parents’ involvement on district education councils; and to pay chairs and members of these councils."

November 2011 - The New Brunswick Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development presented an update on early childhood development, stating that "our government believes early childhood development is a key investment for our provinces future" and that the government "has increased the budget for early childhood development programs by nearly $5 million this year."

September 2011 - The New Brunswick Department of Education and Early Childhood Development has issued a discussion paper in advance of a Stakeholders’ Summit. "The province of New Brunswick is facing a significant fiscal challenge.... In response, Premier David Alward launched an initiative focussed on government renewal.... As part of this initiative, the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development is expected to provide comprehensive options to government as to how, through system-wide efficiencies and solutions, it can improve education and early childhood services within the province’s fiscal realities..."

April 2011 - Budget announced  $1.4 million to fund an increased number of early learning and child care spaces and an additional $800,000 for the Daycare Assistance Program (child care fee subsidy).

March 2011Ministerial Advisory Committee on Early Learning and Childcare announced. The committee will provide advice on implementing the government’s Early Learning and Childcare Plan under four key principles of accessibility; affordability; inclusiveness; and quality early learning and child care. The committee will also facilitate communication between the department and early learning and child care centres, parents, schools and community partners.

November 2010 – Regulated child care and related programming moving to Department of Education.

November 2010 – The State of Our Children and Youth report and The Right to Identity, Culture and Language: A Child's Path to Development (A Statistical Background Report to the Child and Youth Advocate's 3rd Annual State of our Children and Youth Address) released.

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Nova Scotia

April 2017 ~ New! - Budget 2017-2017 – Opportunities for Growth

Excerpt: "In 2017-18, the department will introduce play-based pre-primary programming in a number of schools across Nova Scotia. This program will be available to 4 year olds the year before they enter school and will provide them with access to high-quality early learning programs based on Nova Scotia's first ever Early Learning Curriculum Framework."

July 2016 - Improved Child Care Subsidy Rates Effective July 1

"Starting on July 1, families with an income of $25,000 or less will be eligible for the maximum subsidy, up from $20,800. About 700 families currently receiving a partial subsidy will be eligible for the maximum. This change will attract about 1,200 new families into the program. Families with an income of more than $25,000 up to $70,000 will be eligible for a partial subsidy."

May 2016 - Affordable, Quality Child Care: A Great Place to Grow!

"Government will make child care more affordable for families while improving wages for early childhood educators. "We know that investing in early childhood education now will provide a direct, immediate benefit for Nova Scotia children, which is why we committed $6.6 million to begin implementing this plan," said Karen Casey, Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development."

May 2016 - More Support for Preschool Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

"The province has added an additional $3.6 million per year in Budget 2016-2017 to ensure that all preschool-aged children with autism spectrum disorder can receive Early Intensive Behavioural Intervention treatment, or EIBI, before they start school at age six."

April 2016 - Budget 2016-2017 - Working Together for a Stronger Nova Scotia

"This year’s budget will recognize the early years as the most important years in a child’s development, investing in child care, and giving a much-deserved increase in wages for workers."

March 2016 - Nova Scotia Review of Regulated Child Care Consultation Report and Recommendations

"Learning does not start on the first day of school. Research shows that the early years are the most important years in a child’s development. It is a critical stage that has a significant impact on their future long-term health, growth and well-being."

September 2015 - Four New Early Years Centres Officially Open

Excpert: "Four communities now have access to increased supports for young children with the official opening of four new early years centres. The expansion means there is now an early years centre in every school board in the province."

April 2015 - Budget 2015-2016

Excerpt: "Providing our youngest with a strong foundation: $1.3-million increase to reduce the wait lists for community-based Early Intervention; $700,000 increase for Early Learning Initiatives; $500,000 increase for four new SchoolsPlus sites.  The additional $20.4 million invested this year will bring the total amount reinvested in our education system to $37.9 million. It’s all part of the four-year commitment to reinvest $65 million in education. A greater focus on Primary to 12 means better-prepared graduates ready for the workforce or post-secondary education."

January 2015 - Minister's Action Plan to Modernize and Improve Education System.

January 2015 - Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Karen Casey announced Jan. 20, the government will address four key areas of early intervention to improve services to children and their families. The four areas are: improving access to early intervention for families; strengthening early intervention programs across the province; supporting and developing the early intervention workforce; aligning early intervention programs with the early years system and the public school system.

January 2015 - Review of Regulated Child Care to Begin: "The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development wants to ensure Nova Scotia child-care operators have quality programs in place that meet the needs of all children to help them reach their full potential," said Education and Early Childhood Development Karen Casey.

November 2014 - Early Development Instrument Results – Provincial Summary Reports: Primary Students in Nova Scotia, 2012/2013 School Year

October 2014 - The province is being challenged to make significant changes to the way education is delivered in Nova Scotia. The Minister's Panel on Education released a report Oct. 30, that contains seven themes that represent what almost 19,000 Nova Scotians said are the most important issues to improve the system.

September 2014 - Speech from the Throne - Second Session of the 62nd General Assembly of the Nova Scotia Legislature.

Excerpt: "My government, through the department of Education and Early Childhood Development, has already started a review of regulated child-care programs. This review is focusing on the safety of children in childcare and identifying ways to make childcare more accessible and affordable for families, enhancing the quality of programming for children, and supporting staff who work with our youngest children. Recommendations from the review will be ready in the spring of 2015."

September 2014 - Early Years Centre Opens in Yarmouth - Families in Yarmouth and surrounding areas, now have access to more services and supports for young children because of the new Early Years Centre for Yarmouth Central School

September 2014 - Online Prenatal and Parenting Program Launched - "In today's digital world, new and expectant parents are looking for credible information online," said Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia's chief public health officer. "This new program has been customized according to Nova Scotia standards. It provides the information parents need in the online, mobile format they want."

August 2014 - Changes to Better Protect Children at Child-Care Centres - Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Karen Casey is taking steps to ensure the protection of children at regulated child-care centres across the province. Ms. Casey will introduce regulations that will give the minister the authority to ensure no child-care staff would be allowed to work with children at any time if they did not have their child abuse registry and criminal background checks in place.

  • Memo, Compliance with Day Care Act and Regulations, August 27, 2014

April 2014 - Nova Scotia Child Benefit Will Cover More Children on July 1: "The Nova Scotia Child Benefit income threshold will rise from $25,000 to $26,000 on July 1, bringing about 1,300 more children under the program's umbrella.

Other families already in the program will get a modest improvement, on a graduated scale. Families with incomes between $18,000 and $26,000 qualify for partial benefits, and will receive average increases of $40 a year for one-child families, $100 a year for two-child families and $160 a year for families with three children. This will affect about 10,000 children already covered."

April 2014 - Early Years Centres Open in Three Communities: "The early years centres are located in or near schools, which make them accessible, convenient and familiar places for families in their communities. Each centre is tailored to meet the needs of its community by partnering with local organizations to offer programs and services such as early learning programs for four-year-olds, early intervention, before- and after-school programs, regulated child care, and parent education."

April 2014 - Finance and Treasury Board Minister Diana Whalen tabled the 2014-15 provincial budget April 3, clearing the way for private sector growth and reinvestment in education and health care.  Included in the budget this year;

  • reinvest in a new direction for education and prepare children for success by conducting a curriculum review, placing limits on classroom sizes, hiring more staff to support students with special needs, and reducing wait times for early intervention programs
  • Expand eligibility for the Child Tax Benefit to 1,300 more children from low-income families ($450,000)
  • Provide more early education for children and parenting support through Family Resource Centres ($2 million)
  • Early Years - Reduce wait lists for community-based Early Intervention Programs ($1.3 million)

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August 2013 - The province is opening early years centres in four communities to provide families with more access to services and supports for young children. Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Ramona Jennex announced the locations of the province's first early years centres today, Aug. 22, at Rockingstone Heights School, the site for the Halifax Regional School Board's centre.

April 2013 - The Premier's office announced that families will have better access to the supports they need to ensure their children get a strong start in life thanks to changes and funding announced in this year's budget.

April 2013 - The province has developed a multi-year plan - now in its second year, Kids and Learning First is improving the future success of our children through a greater focus on the early years, the basics, and safer, better schools. The plan means more teachers, increased support for special education, and smaller class sizes.  Included in the Budget 2013: Establish children’s centres so it is easier for families to access support services for their young kids and help them make a successful transition to elementary school—$1.2 million; Expand the ability of teachers to assess the developmental health of their students in critical areas like physical well-being, emotional maturity, social skills, and language—$70,000.

March 2013 - During the 2013 Throne Speech it was announced that thegovernment is establishing a Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, to better coordinate and improve the many ways that the province supports infants, young children, and their families in the first years of life. The Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development will outline the immediate action and multi-year goals for Nova Scotia to make the most of the early years, with both prevention and support that will become available as the plan unfolds.

October 2012 - Following consultations with Nova Scotians over the summer, the provincial government released a report, "What We Heard: Giving Children the Best Start," summarizing findings. An advisory council will use the report formulate recommendations on priorities for the early years.

May 2012 - The province will consult Nova Scotians on a new early years strategy. As part of the initiative, the government released a discussion paper and has appointed a nine-member advisory council.

April 2011SchoolsPlus pilot is expanded to all eight school boards. Family resource centres, child care and youth health centres will be located within select schools at all school boards.

April 2011 – Budget announced additional $1.3 million for 250 child care subsidies.

February 2011 – Nova Scotia Hearing and Speech Centres, with the agreement of the Department of Health and Wellness, will increase speech-language services to French-speaking families and focus on preventing communication disorders in young children through parent workshops and training for early childhood educators and other caregivers. $267,000 for the three-year pre-school initiative is provided by the Official Languages Health Contribution Program.

October 2010 – Government announces additional child-care subsidies and 300 child-care spaces

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Prince Edward Island

April 2017 ~ New! - Budget 2017-2018

"An additional $5.4 million dedicated to the education of Island children and youth. As a result, the total Budget of the Department of Education, Early Learning and Culture will be $256 million - an all-time high."

May 2016 - Increase to early childhood educator wages

"Government is increasing salaries to early childhood educators employed at early years centres by two per cent, as of July 2016."

April 2016 - Budget 2016

"Expenditures in this budget for the education of our children in the Early Years and K-12 school system will increase by three percent to $243 million in the coming year."

November 2015 - Learner-Focused Approach to Education to Advance Prosperity of Province

Excerpt: "A vision to deliver the highest possible quality of education to our students will engage Islanders in all aspects of learning to ensure students, parents, teachers, principals and government are working together on achieving the same goal, excellence in learning."

June 2015 - Budget 2015

"We will continue our investment in early learning. Specifically, we will maintain an annual commitment of $1.2 million to CHANCES to provide programs and supports for children from birth to 36 months.  Budget 2015-2016 makes a further commitment of $60,000 a year for five years to support literacy programs for these families."

November 2014 - Province Expands Newborn Screening Program

Excerpt: "“I am extremely pleased to expand our existing newborn screening program to ensure the early detection of even more conditions, including cystic fibrosis and sickle cell anemia,” said the Minister. “It will also mean better support and follow-up service will be in place for the improved health of Island children.”"

November 2014 - Speech From The Throne - "In 2011, the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) ranked PEI’s new early learning and child care system second in Canada, behind only Quebec. Since then, our system has been further enhanced through continued education and training of our early childhood educators and ongoing support to the implementation of our provincial early learning curriculum framework. Earlier today, OISE released its Early Childhood Education 2014 Report, increasing PEI’s rating and moving it to a first place tie with Quebec."

September 2014 - Government will be investing $3.75 million over five years to increase and enhance services to children with complex health needs says Minister of Health and Wellness Doug Currie.

May 2014 - Early Childhood Educators Upgrade Skills - The success of the early childhood education system depends on highly trained and qualified early childhood educators, says Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Alan McIsaac.

“Government recognized that there was a shortage of qualified early childhood educators as a result of moving kindergarten into the school system and we worked with our partners to ensure that early childhood educators received the training they needed,” said Minister McIsaac. “Congratulations to all those who have upgraded their knowledge, skills and abilities and continue to provide excellent early learning and child care to our Island children.”

May 2014 - Kindergarten Teachers Receive Bachelor of Education Degrees - Last weekend, 83 kindergarten teachers graduated with their Bachelor of Education degree, which was an important milestone in the successful transition to a public full-day kindergarten program in our Island school system, says Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Alan McIsaac.

“As part of the transition, kindergarten teachers were required to obtain their Bachelor of Education degree. The University of Prince Edward Island developed a flexible program to accommodate these teachers,” said Minister McIsaac. “Congratulations to each of these graduates. Thank you for rising to this challenge and for your dedication to Island children.”

April 2014 - The 2014-2015 Provincial Budget for Prince Edward Island was presented by Hon. Wes Sheridan, Minister of Finance, Energy and Municipal Affairs and Chair of Treasury Board on April 8, 2014.  Referencing early education: "The mandate of the Ministry is to provide leadership in ensuring high quality early childhood development, learning and educational opportunities for Islanders through the achievement of acceptable results in the following areas: quality of legislation, regulations and policies; quality of programs and services; accessibility and equity of programs and services; and employee satisfaction."

September 2013 - This report is the results of the first year’s evaluation of Prince Edward Island’s Preschool Excellence Initiative -- a comprehensive 5-year plan to build a provincial early childhood system for children from infancy to kindergarten. The system’s emphasis is on building a community based, publicly managed early childhood system supporting the early development of children while at the same time supporting parents in balancing their work and family responsibilities.

March 2013 - The PEI government released its Budget Address 2013. To ensure the growth in the early childhood initiative continues, the Government will increase its commitment to the Early Years Centres by $250,000, bringing the total investment to approximately $7.7 million next year.  An additional $60,000 is being committed to the Best Start Program to expand services to include children up to 36 months of age. The total contribution to the Best Start Program is now in excess of $1.2 million.

February 2013 - The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development released the 2011-2012 Annual Report.

November 2012 - The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development announced the release of a new curriculum for Early Years Centres.

August 2012 - The PEI government announced an additional $60,000 of funding for the Best Start Program, "bringing the overall funding to more than $1 million annually. The new funding expands the program, allowing families the opportunity to receive Best Start services until their child is 36 months old. Previously, the service was only available until the child became 24 months old."

May 2012 - The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development announced a partnershio with the PEI Healthy Eating Alliance to establish new healthy eating guidelines for early years centres across the province.

April 2011 – Increased budget announced to allow for the transfer to Early Years Centres as the original 20 centres is doubled to 40 in Phase 1. Additional 8 centres will join in Phase 2 to create total of 2,159 certified spaces. Infant spaces increased by 72% over the past year and will continue to expand to meet need.

November 2010The Early Learning and Child Care Act has been created in response to the development of the Preschool Excellence Initiative. Since a modernization of the early childhood sector has begun by ensuring equitable access to quality early learning and child care programs, there is also a need to modernize the act that governs this sector.

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Quebec

March 2017 ~ New! - Budget 2017-2017: The Québec Economic Plan

"In order to enhance support for Québec families, the Québec Economic Plan provides for an additional investment of close to $130 million over six years for family services. $20 million will be allocated to the Ministère de la Famille for 2016-2017 to provide community-based financial assistance, including $10 million, which will be drawn from available budget funds over the year. Funding of $7.4 million will also be granted to the Ministère de la Famille for 2016-2017.  These sums will be drawn directly from availabilities during the year. Further more, additional appropriations of $20 million per year for the period from 2017-2018 to 2021-2022 will be granted to the Ministère de la Famille."

March 2016 - Budget 2016-2017

Excerpt: "To ensure that all of the conditions for succeeding are in place at the earliest age, we are adding more resources to ensure quality, sustainable childcare services. As my colleague the Minister of Families announced on February 23, childcare and subsidized daycare centres will receive a lump-sum allowance of $60 million in 2015-2016 to facilitate the transition to the new funding model and improve direct services to children."

February 2016 - Financement des services de garde éducatifs à l'enfance subventionnés - Un nouveau mode de financement juste et équitable pour assurer la pérennité du réseau : une première en 20 ans ! (Translated: Funding of educational childcare in subsidized child - A new way of fair and equitable funding to ensure the network's future: a first in 20 years!)

March 2015 - Budget 2015-2016

Excerpt: "This tax shield, inspired by the Godbout report, will partly offset the decrease in the work premium and the tax credit for childcare expenses following an increase in work income. Our objective is to reward workers and enable them to get more out of their work. Together, building our economy 9 The tax shield amount will vary according to the family situation and income level of households. The tax shield represents annual tax relief totalling $52 million as of 2016-2017. This relief will benefit nearly 400 000 workers."

November 2014 - Le gouvernement du Québec propose des mesures pour  moderniser et assurer la pérennité du réseau de services de garde éducatifs du Québec (Google Translation: The Quebec governemtn proposed measures to modernize and sustain the network of educational childcare in Quebec)

June 2014 - The Childcare Establishment Locator lets you find contact information of all Québec childcare centres and daycare centres and see their location on a map. The locator indicates childcare services in operation and under development that the ministère de la Famille has authorized and that are expected to open within the next 18 months. The locator is updated every week

February 2014 - Budget 2014-2015: To restore fiscal balance in 2015-2016-Program spending growth is being held at 2% in 2014-2015 and the following two years. Our actions: Improve the quality and efficiency of public services: implement patient-based funding in the health network; continue to seek efforts from public bodies to manage their spending; reassess the organizational efficiency and delivery methods of public services over five years. Ensure the funding of public services: gradually raise parents’ contribution to daycare services; review the sharing of costs of university education for students from outside Québec. Continue to fight corruption and tax evasion.

July 2013 - Full day Kindergarten for 4-Year-Olds from disadvantaged areas

February 2013 - Quebec Announces New Daycare Spaces: Province Favours Non-Profit Centres

June 2011 – Avenir d'enfants allocates $11.5 million in support for 66 local communities and about $12.5 million for projects in knowledge transfer.

May 2011 – Quebec government launches a new logo for licensed child care programs to distinguish legally-recognized child care from illegal ones.

March 2011 – Government announces plans for 15,000 new child care spaces (funded) in 2012.

February 2011 – Avenir d’enfants (a partnership between the Quebec government and the Chagnon Foundation) announces $2.4 million over two years  to support three knowledge transfer projects:

Community Child Care Centres – Backed by the Association of Community Child Care Centres of Quebec (AHGCQ), the project aims to create an education program tailored to the needs of child care centres  and will receive funding of $272,800.

Projet Victoires – Backed by the Network of Perinatal Resource Centres of Quebec (RCRPQ), the project aims to document the effects of the services offered by perinatal resource centres on the lives of families living in poverty and will receive financial support of $150,000 over two years.

Quality in Child Care Centres and Coordinating Offices – Backed by The Quebec Association of Child Care Centres (AQCPE), this project aims to accompany, support and encourage care providers in child care centres and coordinating offices in their efforts to improve quality and form regional hubs of skills and expertise in early education and child care. The project is to last for a year and a half, and will receive financial support of almost $2M."

December 2011- Report of the Auditor General of Québec to the National Assembly for 2011-2012. Educational Childcare Services-Audit objectives: Obtain the assurance that the Ministère de la Famille et des Aînés: Had taken measures to set up a quality network of educational childcare services, in accordance with the Educational Childcare Act and sound management rules and practices; Evaluates its performance and makes adequate accountability reports on the quality of educational childcare services.  

November 2010 – Quebec government introduces Bill 126 to reduce and impose limits on ownership to prevent so-called "chains" of daycares

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Ontario

April 2017 ~ New! - 2017 Ontario Budget: A Stronger, Healthier Ontario

Excerpt: "Finding quality and affordable child care can be a challenge for families in some communities due to long waitlists for subsidies and spaces. The government is helping 100,000 more children access affordable, quality licensed child care to give them the best start in life and support families across Ontario. As a first step, the Province invested an additional $65.5 million to help create 3,400 licensed child care spaces in fall 2016."

April 2017 ~ New! - Helping Ontario Families Access Affordable Child Care

Excerpt: "The government is committed to addressing these challenges by increasing access to licensed child care and by making it more affordable for families: 24,000 more children up to four years old will have access to child care in 2017-18. This is part of the province's plan to help 100,000 kids access child care over five years, as announced in the 2016 Ontario Speech from the Throne; Parents will receive more financial support to increase affordability, including subsidies for approximately 60 per cent of new child care spaces."

April 2017 ~ New! - Ontario Reducing Class Sizes, Boosting Special Education

Ontario is also investing in smaller class sizes for students in full-day kindergarten (FDK) and Grades 4-8. FDK classes, which are supported by a teacher and an early childhood educator, will now be capped at 30 students next school year, falling to 29 students in 2018-19, and average no more than 26 students per class within each school board. Support will also be provided to ensure that for students in grades 4-8, all school boards have average class sizes of 24.5 or fewer students.

February 2017 ~ New! - Ontario Investing in Northern First Nation Communities

"Ontario is investing in infrastructure and economic development in First Nation communities in Northern Ontario, to identify new business opportunities, boost economic growth and provide safe child care spaces."

February 2017 ~ New! - Ontario Continuing to Provide Support for Child Care Professionals

As part of Ontario's commitment to supporting child care professionals, the program will receive ongoing, annual funding. This year, the province will provide: An ongoing wage enhancement, up to $2 per hour plus benefits, for eligible child care workers and home visitors in the licensed child care sector; An ongoing enhancement, up to $20 per day, for eligible home child care providers; A raise in the maximum hourly wage to be eligible for the wage enhancement - an increase of 1.5 per cent to $26.68 per hour. For home child care providers, the daily fees maximum will be $266.80 per day.

November 2016 - Improving Access to Child Care for Families Across Ontario: Province Investing in 3,400 New Child Care Spaces and Launching Public Consultations

October 2016 - Ontario Bringing More Child Care to Waterloo Region Families

Ontario is creating 88 new licensed child care spaces in the Waterloo Region, increasing the availability of safe, high-quality, child care for local families. The five new child care rooms for infants, toddlers and pre-schoolers will be located in the new St. Boniface Catholic School, which is scheduled to open in 2019. The spaces will give more families the opportunity to transition from child care into full-day kindergarten at the same location.

October 2016 - Helping Families in Niagara Region with Quality Child Care

Premier Kathleen Wynne visited the onsite child care centre at Glynn A. Green Public School in Fonthill, where the government supported a retrofit of existing rooms to help create more than 30 new licensed child care spaces for toddlers and pre-schoolers.

September 2016 - Ontario Creating 100,000 More Licensed Child Care Spaces

"Within the next five years, Ontario will help to create another 100,000 new, licensed child care spaces so that more families in Toronto can find quality, affordable care."

September 2016 - Speech from the Throne - A Balanced Plan to Build Ontario Up for Everyone

"Every child deserves to have the best start in life. Over the past three years, the government has helped to create 56,000 new licensed child care spaces. Within the next five years, it will help to create another 100,000 spaces, so that working families can find quality, affordable care. Your government will also make it easier for parents to find and use the services their children need, whether they are before-and-after-school programs, drop-in centres or more licensed child care spaces."

September 2016 - Ontario Opening 35 New Licensed Child Care Rooms Across Province

"Ontario is investing more than $23 million to build 35 new licensed child care rooms across the province, delivering on its commitment to build safe, high-quality, licensed child care spaces for Ontario families."

August 2016 - Final report and recommendations of the Gender Wage Gap Strategy Steering Committee

Excerpt: "We have two recommendations with respect to childcare. The first is aimed at developing a system to meet the needs of working women who are trying to get, keep, or extend their hours of work, or advance in their jobs and careers. The second addresses immediate pressures and gaps in the current system that have been identified."

August 2016 - Change to Ontario Cabinet Increases Focus on Child Care

Excerpt: "Indira Naidoo-Harris, MPP for Halton, becomes Associate Minister of Education (Early Years and Child Care). She will lead the government's efforts, in partnership with the Minister of Education, to build a high-quality, accessible and affordable early years and child care system that supports choice and flexibility for parents and promotes healthy development for children."

August 2016 - Region of Waterloo Children’s Services: Early Learning and Child Care Service Plan - 2016-2020

August 2016 - Ontario Ending Fees for Child Care Wait Lists

Excerpt: "Ontario has filed a regulation to end fees for child care wait lists to improve the accessibility of child care and make life easier for families. The ban will take effect September 1, 2016, and will prevent licensed child care centres and home child care agencies from charging fees or requiring deposits to join child care wait lists. The regulatory amendments also require licensed child care providers to: Develop a public wait list policy that clearly explains how children on a wait list are offered admission; Ensure wait list status is made available to families, in a manner that protects the confidentiality of their personal information."

May 2016 - Ontario Proposing To Ban Fees for Child Care Wait Lists

May 2016 - The Child Care and Early Years Act: Phase Two Regulations

May 2016 - Ontario Helping More Schools Become Community Hubs

Excerpt: "As part of today's $90 million investment to further enable the development of community hubs, the province will provide: $20 million to create space for new child care and child and family support programs through Ontario Early Years Child and Family Centres in schools; $18 million to retrofit existing child care space within a school to open up more spaces for children under four years old."

May 2016 - Ontario Investing $137 Million in New and Renovated School Infrastructure

Excerpt: "Families in Toronto, Kingsville and Oshawa will also benefit through the construction of a total of 19 new custom-built child care rooms in local schools.  This will create 318 total new licensed spaces for infants, toddlers and pre-schoolers."

March 2016 - Ontario Investing $333 Million to Improve Autism Services

Excerpt: "The newly expanded children's autism program will make it easier for families to access services for their children by reducing wait times, providing more flexible services based on children's needs, and serving more children and youth. It will also help children receive intensive therapy services during the key early developmental years."

February 2016 - Jobs for Today and Tomorrow – 2016 Ontario Budget

Excerpt: "Ontario is also investing in child care by creating approximately 4,000 new licensed child care spaces in local schools to give children the opportunity to transition more easily into full-day kindergarten. These new spaces will be built in areas of high demand and will enhance access to quality child care options for families across the province. This investment is another step towards a modern child care and early years system that will enhance programs and supports for children in Ontario."

February 2016 - Improving Access to Services for Young Children and Their Families

"Ontario is delivering on its commitment to make access to child and family programs easier by announcing the launch of Ontario Early Years Child and Family Centres. These hubs will offer parents and their children a suite of high-quality early years programs, as well as local services tailored to their communities."

February 2016 - Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014 and the Education Act: Phase 2 Regulations

The ministry is now consulting on Phase 2 regulations to continue to support the government's vision for child care modernization and its commitment to have in place before and after school programs for children age 6-12 years in publicly-funded schools. The proposed regulations focus on the following key areas:

• Service system management and funding
• Licensing clarity
• Enforcement
• Tiered Licensing - term of a licence
• Licensing standards
• Licensing fees
• Before-and-after school programs for children age 6-12: Extended Day and Third Party Programs
• Miscellaneous regulations

All interested parties are encouraged to provide feedback on the proposed regulations by April 1, 2016.

January 2016 - Ontario Increasing Wages For Early Childhood Educators

"Ontario is providing a $1 per hour wage increase for eligible child care workers who qualify in the licensed child care sector, bringing the total wage increase up to $2 per hour, plus benefits. The province is also providing an additional $10 per day increase to home child care providers who qualify, bringing the total increase up to $20 per day. Both increases are effective January 2016."

October 2015 - Ontario Building 30 New Schools, Over 2,000 Licensed Child Care Spaces

"Ontario is investing $498 million in new and renovated schools as well as new child care spaces to provide students with better places to learn while also giving families more options for quality licensed child care that is close to home."

October 2015 - Ontario Building New Licensed Child Care Spaces in Schools

Excerpt: "Over the coming year, Ontario will begin construction on 766 more licensed child care spaces in local schools across the province to improve access to safe, high quality child care."

September 2015 - Realizing Our Potential: Ontario’s Poverty Reduction Strategy (2014-2019)

Excerpt: "We are shaped by the quality of our childhood. Parents understand this intuitively, and try to give their children the best possible experiences. We act on this belief as a society, too, investing in public education, health care, community infrastructure and other supports to ensure that children get the best start in life."

September 2015 - Ontario Providing Over 2,200 Parents Reaching Out Grants

Expert: "The grants help parents identify and respond to important issues in their school community, including bullying, student nutrition, literacy and math. The grants also support parents to overcome barriers they may face to participate in their children's education, such as language and transportation."

July 2015 - Community Hubs in Ontario: A Strategic Framework and Action Plan

This report summarizes what the Premier’s Community Hubs Framework Advisory Group heard when they met with community members, stakeholders and other government ministries to learn how the government can deliver public services through local, community hubs.

June 2015 - Child care rules will be changing on August 31, 2015, when the Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014, comes into effect.

June 2015 - Government Increasing Ontario Child Benefit to Help 500,000 Families

"The OCB provides direct financial support to low- to moderate-income families with children under the age of 18. Starting July 1, 2015, the OCB, which supports about one million children in Ontario, will be increased to a maximum of $1,336 per child, per year."

April 2015 - Ontario Creating 4,000 New Child Care Spaces in Schools: Province Dedicating $120 Million to Enhance Child Care and Early Years Services

"Over the next three years, $120 million in new funding will be dedicated to building safe, high quality, licensed child care spaces in schools across the province where there is significant demand. Schools boards in Ontario can apply now to the Ministry of Education for funding."

April 2015 - Building Ontario Up: Budget 2015

Excerpt: "Since 2004, the government has doubled child care funding to more than $1 billion annually. In 2013‒14, an estimated 447,472 children benefited from Ontario’s child care investments. In 2015, the Province is allocating an additional $44.5 million in child care funding through the funding formula, which will help stabilize fees, improve the reliability of child care, and better meet the needs of child care operators and parents — protecting the gains made through previously announced investments.

As part of the Province’s commitment to increase child care spaces, Ontario is investing $120 million over three years in capital funding to create thousands more child care spaces in schools. This investment is another important step towards achieving the full vision of a seamless and integrated early years system in Ontario. It also represents an important component of the government’s commitment to community hubs. See Chapter I, Section F: A Fair Society for more details on community hubs."

March 2015 - Regulatory Registry Posting related to the Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014

Excerpt: "The proposed regulations will provide information for child care providers, parents/guardians and the general public about how new legislation will be put into practice. The proposed regulations would come into effect when the legislation is proclaimed, and would address four priority areas: licensing clarity, enforcement, licensing standards and special needs. This document also includes information about transition regulations that would support the transition to the new Act."

March 2015 - Toronto 2015 Budget

January 2015 - Starting January 2015, Ontario is implementing a wage increase of $1 per hour for eligible child care workers in the licensed child care sector. Another wage increase is set for next year.

December 2014 - Ontario Strengthening Child Care Oversight-Modernizing the Child Care Sector for Ontario Families.

December 2, Bill 10, the Child Care Modernization Act, 2014, passed third reading in the Ontario legislature.  The legislation will strengthen oversight of the province's unlicensed child care sector and increase access to licensed child care options for families. In addition, it will allow the province to immediately shut down a child care provider when a child's safety is at risk.

November 2014 - Ontario Government's Plan Is Building Opportunity, Securing Our Future

Excerpt: "One of Ontario's greatest strengths is its people's talents and skills. Highlights of the government's investments in people include: Completing the rollout of full-day kindergarten and investing in child care modernization so that every child has the best start in life."

September 2014 - 2014 Mandate Letter: Education

Excerpt: "Moving Forward on Child Care and the Early Years: Building on the successful implementation of full-day kindergarten, which will be fully implemented this year. As outlined below, you will continue to work with school boards, municipalities, First Nations, child care operators and parents to modernize, stabilize and strengthen the child care system and improve oversight; Overseeing the implementation of legislative and regulatory changes through the Child Care Modernization Act, 2014, if passed."

September 2014 - Full-Day Kindergarten Available Across Ontario - Ontario has fully rolled out its full-day kindergarten (FDK) program, making it available to 265,000 four- and five-year-olds in approximately 3,600 schools across the province.  By the end of the 2014-15 school year, almost half a million kids will have benefitted from FDK since it was first introduced in 2010. With more than $1.5 billion in funding to date, FDK is one of the most significant investments Ontario has made in education in a generation.

September 2014 - Ontario Regulation made under the Education Act Amending O. Reg. 224/10 (Full Day Junion Kindergarten and Kindergarten)

September 2014 - Realizing Our Potential: Ontario's Poverty Reduction Strategy (2014-2019)

August 2014 - New and Renovated Schools for Ontario Students - Province Investing in Better Schools for Improved Learning

July 2014 - Building Ontario Up Today For A Brighter, Stronger Tomorrow - 2014 Ontario Budget Moves Forward With Plan to Create Jobs and Grow the Economy, Build Modern Transit and Infrastructure, and Help Ontarians with Their Retirement, While Balancing the Budget by 2017–18.

July 2014 - Improving the Safety and Accessibility of Child Care: Ontario Government Proposing Greater Oversight of Unlicensed Child Care Sector. July 10, the Ontario government continues its support for families and children by re-introducing the Child Care Modernization Act, 2014. The legislation, if passed, would strengthen oversight of the province's unlicensed child care sector, while increasing access to licensed child care options for families. In addition, it would allow the province to immediately shut down a child care provider when a child's safety is at risk.

July 2014 - Building Ontario Up - Speech from the Throne, Speech from the Throne to open the 41st Parliament of Ontario. 

Excerpt: "With wage increases planned for early childhood educators and the provincewide availability of full-day kindergarten this fall, your government is ensuring that every child in Ontario has the best possible start in life. It will implement Achieving Excellence, a plan to take public education in Ontario from great to excellent by continually improving learning, so that young people are prepared to lead in the global economy."

June 2014 - More Support on the Way for Ontario Families - Beginning July 2014, hundreds of thousands of Ontario families will receive another increase of up to $100 per child annually to their Ontario Child Benefit (OCB) payment. As a result of the 2013 and 2014 increases, an estimated 90,000 additional children in 46,000 more families are eligible for the OCB for the first time. With these increases, the benefit has more than doubled since 2008.

May 2014 - Budget 2014: Building Opportunity, Securing Our Future

Excerpt: "Total education sector expense is projected to increase by $1.7 billion between 2013–14 and 2016–17, mainly due to  increased funding to school boards to support full implementation of full †day kindergarten, growth in student enrolment,  increased capital expenses associated with completed school projects, and other school board sector expenses to implement Ontario’s renewed vision for education. The increase also reflects higher funding for the child care sector to support child care modernization, help stabilize child care operators and provide increased support for front †line child care workers."

May 2014 - City of Ottawa Has No Plan to Spend $3.6M Childcare Reserve: "The city has no plan to spend the $3.6 million it has collected through development charges to build new childcare spaces, even though many Ottawa families wait for months to secure a spot in a licensed centre. The money has been accumulating since 2009 and can only be spent on childcare centres owned or operated by the city. But because such a venture is not on the horizon, the city has decided to sit on the cash and is also proposing in its updated development charges bylaw to pause any further collection."

April 2014 - The Ministry of Education released How Does Learning Happen? Ontario’s Pedagogy for the Early Years. "How Does Learning Happen? is a professional learning resource developed to support Ontario’s renewed vision for the early years. It highlights the importance of strong leadership and collaborative practice across child care and child and family support programs. This approach will help to move us towards increasingly integrated services and programs for children and families in Ontario. This document will also inspire critical reflection with a focus on children’s learning, development, health and well-being. It articulates a view of children, families and educators as competent, capable and rich in potential. This will help transform practices in early years setting."

April 2014 - Achieving Excellence: A Renewed Vision for Education in Ontario.

Excerpt: "As child care, early learning and the education system become increasingly integrated, more children will benefit from a stronger start in life. Family support programs offer a wide range of opportunities that promote healthy child development, foster children’s early learning through play, and support parents and families in their role as primary caregivers. The work that has already been done to create healthy, safer schools and to support the mental and physical health of children and youth provides an excellent blueprint for how we must work together in the future. This renewed vision must ensure that we build on the momentum we’ve achieved and equip our children and students with the skills they need to seize opportunities and overcome obstacles."

April 2014 - Ontario Giving Kids the Best Possible Start, Province Increasing Ontario Child Benefit, Improving the Quality of Child Care.

December 2013 - Ontario is taking steps to strengthen oversight of the province's unlicensed child care sector while increasing access to licensed child care options for families.  The Child Care Modernization Act, to be introduced December 3, would allow the province to immediately shut down a child care provider when a child's safety is at risk.

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October 2013 - The implementation of full-day kindergarten (FDK) in 2010 was accompanied by the launch of a two-year (2010–11; 2011–12) evaluation strategy focused on two objectives: 1. To identify early indicators of effective practices related to the impact of full-day kindergarten; and, 2. To inform program delivery moving forward through to full implementation.

September 2013 - Education Minister Liz Sandals visited full-day kindergarten students, teachers and staff at Ogden Junior Public School for the first day of school where she provided details on a study conducted in partnership with Queen's and McMaster universities on FDK.  The study measured the progress and development of students who were enrolled in FDK compared to those who participated in half-day programs.

July 2013 - Today, Liz Sandals, Minister of Education, issued the following statement on the review of unlicensed child care complaints: "As I committed to last week, my ministry has conducted a thorough review of every complaint received related to unlicensed child care providers over the past year to determine compliance with current policies. The ministry took immediate action to determine whether there were any complaints that had not been addressed. Out of a total of 280 complaints received by the ministry over the past year, it was determined that nine had not been responded to with a site visit.

June 2013 - Beginning July 2013, 510,000 families will receive an increase of up to $110 and 24,000 families will become eligible for the Ontario Child Benefit for the first time. This additional support will help families with the cost of food, clothing, recreation and other necessities.  The benefit will increase in July 2013 to a maximum annual payment of $1,210 for each child, and then to $1,310 in July 2014.

May 2013 - Premier Kathleen Wynne visited the Early Years Centre at the Thorncliffe Neighbourhood Office where she highlighted the 2013 Budget's proposed increases to the Ontario Child Benefit, which helps about one million low- to moderate-income children across the province. The Ontario government is proposing to increase the Ontario Child Benefit's annual maximum payment by up to $210 over the next two years. This would raise the maximum payment from $1,100 to $1,310 per year for each child, helping parents with their family expenses

April 2013 - London’s Early Childhood Educators Labour Market Partnership project proposal has been approved and fully funded by  the Ministry of Training Universities and Colleges for $72,789.

February 2013 - The 2013 Ontario Legislature Throne Speech included a commitment to "keep building a comprehensive early learning and care system, including the successful extension of full-day kindergarten and child care."

January 2013 A new Early Years Policy Framework, along with a letter from Education Minister, Laurel Broten.

December 2012 The government of Ontario announced a new child care funding formula and framework to take effect in 2013 and released a technical paper on the topic.

August 2012 - ADM Darryl Sturtevant, Ministry of Children and Youth Services and ADM Jim Grive, Ministry of Education circulated a memo to Directors of Education, Best Start Committees and Data Analysis Coordinator Host Agencies regarding a review of the current EDI and KPS.

June 2012 - The Department of Education has released a discussion paper Modernizing Child Care in Ontario, "to begin a conversation that will help move Ontario towards a high quality, accessible and co-ordinated early learning and care system for all children."

March 2012 - Government memo re: amendments to "O. Reg 399/00 to include s. 2.1 under Elementary School Classes – Requirements Respecting Size. This section provides class size provisions for full-day junior kindergarten and kindergarten, clearly identifying an average class size unit of 26 pupils."  Link to regulation>

February 2012 - The Ministry of Education, Early Learning Division announced an interim policy regarding capital funding to replace child care spaces in replacement schools.  The funding would affect "child care spaces for children aged 0 to 3.8 years old located in schools that are scheduled to close or to be rebuilt."

June 2011 Government memo re: amendments to legislation, regulations and guidelines related to Full Day Early Learning Kindergarten Program, including overview; operational framework for extended day and third party programs; safe schools and FDK;  and broader implementation of  FDK. Regulations indicate non-profit delivery of afterschool programs unless commercial programs are already in schools or no other alternatives are available.

June 2011 – Ministry of Children and Youth Services released the report, Realizing the Vision of Ontario’s Best Start Child and Families Centres. Next steps include community action research in demonstration sites, pilot project of integrated preschool speech and language services and an integrated Outcomes Index.

June 2011 – The government announced the final roll out plans for full-day kindergarten for all 4- and 5-year-old children – approximately 250,000 children by September 2014.

May 2011 – The province’s licensed child care website is expanded will include inspection reports.

April 2011 – The new Children’s Activity Tax Credit allows parents to claim up to $500 in eligible expenses and get a refundable tax credit of up to $50 for each child under the age of 16, and up to $100 per child under the age of 18 who has a disability.

March 2011Legislation amendments allow for third-party delivery of extended day in schools.

March 2011Full-day kindergarten will be available in an additional 200 schools, benefiting up to 50,000 four- and five-year-old children in September 2011. In September 2012, full-day kindergarten will be available in an additional 900 schools, benefiting up to 120,000 four- and five-year-old children.

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Manitoba

April 2017 ~ New! - Budget 2017: Responsible Recovery

"Budget 2017 also makes significant investments in the Department of Families, increasing its budget by more than $105 million, a 5.4 per cent increase over last year."

March 2017 ~ New! - Province Announces New Licensed Community-Based Child-Care Spaces, Releases Plans for Modernization of Early Learning and Child-Care System

January 2016 - Province Releases Road Map Toward Creating Universally Accessible Child Care - Plan Includes Lower Fees, 12,000 More Spaces, Better Wages, More Training: Premier Selinger

November 2015 Speech from the Throne: At the Opening of the Fifth Session of the 40th Legislature

"We want to make sure every family can find high-quality, affordable child care.  We are announcing an ambitious goal: we will create a universally accessible child care system with 12,000 additional spaces for families, and expand Manitobaʼs workforce of early childhood educators with our partners, such as Red River College and Université de Saint-Boniface. We will be expanding child care centres into new housing developments as well as schools, colleges and universities. Every family who needs child care should have access to an affordable space."

October 2015 - Province Invests $3 Million to Hire More than 50 New Teachers to Support Smaller Classes, Student Success

"The Manitoba government continues to invest in student success by providing $3 million in new funding to hire more teachers and keep kindergarten to Grade 3 classes smaller"

September 2015 - New Child Care Nutrition Strategy an Investment in Children's Quality Of Life

"The Manitoba government will invest $375,000 to promote healthy eating for young children by encouraging positive eating environments in child-care settings, Healthy Living and Seniors Minister Deanne Crothers and Family Services Minister Kerri Irvin-Ross announced today at the launch of the province’s new Child Care Nutrition Strategy."

September 2015 - Manitoba Builds on Commitment to Families with Plans for New Child-Care Spaces

Excerpt: "The Manitoba government will build a new child-care facility at the King Edward Community School, resulting in 40 new high-quality, licensed spaces for families living and working in northwest Winnipeg, Family Services Minister Kerri Irvin-Ross and Education and Advanced Learning Minister James Allum announced today."

June 2015 - Manitoba Government Commits Funding for 14 Child-Care Centres, Raising Wages

June 2015 - Province Announces Funding for 18 New and Expanded Classrooms to Support Smaller Kindergarten to Grade 3 Classes

April 2015 - Budget 2015

Excerpt: "Budget 2015 continues to move Manitoba toward a truly universally accessible child-care system by: investing in 900 newly funded child-care spaces; supporting higher wages for child-care workers; and building and expanding child-care centres."

March 2015 - Manitoba Government Moves Ahead On Commission To Address More Universally Accessible Early Learning And Child Care

February 2015 - Manitoba Government Provides $3 Million To Hire At Least 50 New Teachers To Support Student Success

February 2015 - Manitoba government establishes commission to create road map for providing universally accessible Early Learning and Child Care

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November 2014 - Manitoba Government Creating New Child-Care Spaces At Harrow School: Minister To Introduce New Legislation That Would Protect Early Learning, Child-Care Centres In Schools

November 2014 - Manitoba Government Introduces Important Legislation that Would Help Students Succeed in Early Years. The Manitoba government is investing $10 million this year and 64 per cent of classes have met the target of 20 students or fewer, Minister Bjornson said.  Under the proposed legislation, Manitoba parents would also be able to go online to see class size number in kindergarten to Grade 3 in every school.

November 2014 - 2014 Throne Speech

Excerpt: "Having access to quality and affordable child care is essential for parents returning to work, pursuing higher education, or looking for their first job. Working together with parents, communities and child care workers, Manitoba has built one of the best early learning and child care systems in Canada – with over 14,000 newly funded spaces, over 100 new and expanded child care centres, and the lowest fees in Canada outside Quebec."

September 2014 - Manitoba Government Announces Capital Building Fund to Create Additional High-Quality, Affordable Child Care for Families

May 2014 - "The Government of Manitoba is launching a new five-year plan to create more high-quality child care for families across the province including investing in 5,000 more child-care spaces and another 20 new or expanded child-care centres, Family Services Minister Kerri Irvin-Ross announced today."

March 2014 - $5.5 million to boost child-care spaces and improve wages. Budget 2014 is the Manitoba government’s plan to create good jobs and grow Manitoba’s economy – while protecting the frontlines of services that families count on.  A key part of this budget is a $5.5 billion Five-Year Plan that will build our core infrastructure like highways, bridges, flood protection and municipal infrastructure. These investments will stimulate our economy, keep businesses growing and create job and training opportunities for families.

February 2014 - Budget 2014 is the Manitoba government’s plan to create good jobs and grow Manitoba’s economy – while protecting the frontlines of services that families count on.

February 2014 - Families in Winnipeg, St. Andrews and Oak Lake will have greater access to some of the best, most‑affordable licensed child care in Canada with the creation of more than 250 new child-care spaces at four new centres and one existing site, Education and Advanced Learning Minister James Allum announced today.

January 2014 - The Government of Manitoba acknowledges the failure of the child welfare system to protect Phoenix Sinclair and will immediately act on the recommendations of the Hughes inquiry and continue strengthening protections for children in Manitoba, Family Services Minister Kerri Irvin-Ross said today.

November 2013 - The Government of Manitoba and the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation are working together to establish a million-dollar Early Childhood Development Innovation Fund, the first of its kind in Canada, Premier Greg Selinger announced today. In a partnership with United Way of Winnipeg, the Winnipeg Poverty Reduction Council and the business community, the fund is being seeded by a $500,000 investment from the Montreal-based McConnell Foundation, with matching funds from the Government of Manitoba.

July 2013 - The Manitoba government is investing in the health of mothers and babies through the Healthy Baby Program, Children and Youth Opportunities Minister Kevin Chief announced July 3, 2013.  “The Healthy Baby Program supports moms and their families early and gives them financial and community support,” said Chief. “Early childhood development programs, like Healthy Baby Manitoba, have shown they give babies a strong start by increasing moms’ access to prenatal care, increased breastfeeding rates and decreased number of preterm births.”

May 2013 - Family Services and Labour Minister Jennifer Howard announced a new partnership with l’Université de Saint-Boniface and an expanded partnership with Assiniboine Community College that will give 70 more child-care professionals access to the province’s popular workplace-based early childhood education diploma program.  The new partnerships mean the program will begin training a total of 135 early childhood educators this year.

May 2013 - Premier Greg Selinger announced Budget 2013 will give families better access to quality child care by opening up to 1,000 new spaces over the next year. "Our government is focused on what matters most to Manitoba families and for growing families that includes better access to good quality child care," said Selinger.  "More child care spaces will support parents while they are at work and help prepare young children to succeed at school, while also creating jobs for qualified early childhood educators across the province."

April 2013 - To meet the needs of families in the growing Waverley West neighbourhood, Premier Greg Selinger announced that the province will build an early learning to Grade 8 school in the area that will serve families in this community for years to come.

April 2013 - The province released its 2013 Budget, and announced in its Budget Address: "We know that high-quality child care is vital to a growing economy and a strong workforce. This year, we will fund new child-care spaces and new child-care centres...which will help parents, especially women, find and keep stable, rewarding jobs. Our government will also partner with parents to support efforts to recruit and retain much-needed child-care workers...The recently announced After School Network brings community-based organizations together to provide more structured after-school activities and programs."

March 2013 - The province announced funds to relocate and expand a child care centre in Vita. The funding is part of the government's Family Choices, the province’s five-year early learning and child-care initiative.

January 2013 - The Manitoba Early Learning and Child Care Program oversees child care (often called daycare) services provided by licensed child care centres and family home providers. It is administered by the Department of Family Services and Labour. We examined the Department’s management of the Program, including its systems and practices for planning and performance measurement, ensuring compliance with child care standards, and providing financial support to eligible child care facilities and families.

Winter 2012 - New edition of the EDI Teacher Newsletter is released.

November 2012 - The province announces an "investment of more than $1 million in the Steinbach and La Broquerie areas’ child-care centres helped create 158 new spaces for local families" in the form of "a new child-care centre and the expansion of two others".

October 2012 - The 2011/12 Annual Report of the Healthy Child Manitoba Office is released.

October 2012 - The Manitoba Centre for Health Policy releases the second edition of How are Manitoba’s Children Doing? which examines how the province's children are doing in four areas: 1) physical health and emotional health; 2) safety and security; 3) successful learning; 4) social engagement.

August 2012 - The government announces a committment to fund 20 new preschool and 45 new school-age child care spaces.

May 2012 - The Manitoba Centre for Health Policy has released a new report on the Early Development Instrument results in Manitoba. The report focusses on: socioeconomic adversity and children’s vulnerability at age five; biological vulnerability at birth and children’s vulnerability at age five; and children’s vulnerability at age five in three at–risk subgroups of children.

April 2012 - The Government of Manitoba announces "new funding to child-care centres for 900 spaces, new capital and operational funding for child-care centres and homes, and improved subsidies for those most in need, Family Services and Labour Minister Jennifer Howard announced today….  Now in its fourth year, Family Choices, Manitoba’s five-year early learning and child-care initiative, is providing new funding for 6,500 quality child-care spaces by the end of 2013."

March 2012 - The Abecedarian model of early learning and child care has been introduced in the Lord Selkirk Park housing development. The model "will include a curriculum that promotes literacy and language development, in addition to a family resource centre."

February 2012 - The government announced new funding centres in rural and northern communities "to help ensure long-term viability for more than 200 existing unfunded spaces that were operating prior to April 1, 2011, at 23 small centres throughout Manitoba; and consistent funding for small rural and northern early learning and child-care centres so they don’t lose funding if enrolment drops on a seasonal basis such as in farm communities during winter."

September 2011 - Healthy Child Manitoba Office has released its 2010/11 Annual Report. "This report reflects the continued commitment of government and community partners in the Healthy Child Manitoba Strategy to facilitate child-centered public policy..."

June 2011 – Manitoba Child Care Program launches Early Returns: Manitoba’s Early Learning and Child Care Curriculum Framework for Preschool Centres and Nursery Schools. This curriculum framework supports staff to develop, describe and enhance their curriculum.

June 2011 – Province-wide online resource and child care registry allows parents to find out about, and register for child care options, including licensed child care centres, home child care and nursery schools. Manitobaparentzone.ca also provides parenting and child development information. Manitobaparentzone.ca will run on a $70,000 annual budget, with initial site development and marketing costs of $200,000.  The online registry is being launched at a cost of $1.575 million and will operate on an annual investment of $150,000.

April 2011 – Education announces capital funding to include child care space in school buildings and/or on school property adjacent to schools.  Capital funding for 15 school-based sites.

April 2011 – An Early Childhood Education Unit within Manitoba Education will invest $300,000 in early-childhood development to support families and communities as they prepare young children for success and investing $300,000 to increase the connection between early-childhood education and the formal kindergarten to Grade 12 education system.  The province will also invest $300,000 in early-childhood development to support families and communities as they prepare young children for success when they start school. The new unit will monitor and disseminate research respecting early childhood development, connect research to practice in terms of using Early Development Instrument (EDI) data.

April 2011 - Budget announced additional $21.3 million for an additional 25 centres and revitalization of 21 other centres; 2,100 newly funded child care spaces (about half will be new spaces) and enhanced funding for 400 nursery school spaces. Also new funding for centre operational costs.

April 2011Increased funding for pension plan including a new two per cent incentive for workers who want to join the pension plan, and funding for the employers’ share.

December 2010 – A new “Seeds of Empathy” program to bring the Roots of Empathy model to 3-to-5-year-olds in child care, nursery school and preschool Aboriginal Head Start programs.

December 2010 – Provincial government introduces pension plan for child care staff.

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Saskatchewan

March 2017 ~ New! - Meeting the Challenge - Provincial Budget 2017-2018

"$55.8 million for child care funding – 889 childcare spaces created"

May 2016 - Saskatchewan’s Early Years Plan 2016 – 2020

"Through the Early Years Plan, parents can expect: Prenatal and early childhood support for mothers and children; Better access to high quality early learning and child care options; Support for families in their role as parents and caregivers; And programs that make sure children and families receiving support don’t “slip through the cracks.”"

January 2016 - Governments of Canada and Saskatchewan Make it Easier for Parents of Newborns to Apply for Benefits - Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and Saskatchewan Health Minister Dustin Duncan, today announced the Bundled Birth Service which will give Saskatchewan parents the option to apply for a Social Insurance Number (SIN) and Canada child benefits for their newborn at the same time that they register their child’s birth.

May 2015 - High School Students Can Now Receive High School and Early Childhood Educator Dual Credit - The Government of Saskatchewan has expanded its dual credit partnership with Saskatchewan Polytechnic to offer high school students three more courses that will be recognized as a credit toward both high school graduation and an Early Childhood Education certificate or diploma.  The courses will be available province-wide to all Grade 11 and 12 students, including students in First Nations schools.

March 2015 - Keeping Saskatchewan Strong: Budget 2015-16

Excerpt: "Government’s investment in early learning and child care includes a $2.14 million increase for ongoing costs of recently developed child care spaces and a $546,000 increase to support full-year Pre-kindergarten costs of recently implemented programs."

June 2014 - New Booster Seat Laws Effective June 27 - Booster seats will be mandatory for children under age seven, effective June 27.  To help encourage parents to comply with the change, Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) and Canadian Tire are working together to support child safety, offering coupons for a free booster seat to drivers when they’re caught without one.

June 2014 - Education Minister Don Morgan announced that more than 500 new spaces are being allocated in eleven communities across Saskatchewan.

May 2014 No Change Coming to Daycare Regulation - "The Saskatchewan government has no plans to introduce closer oversight of unlicensed daycares. Last August, then-education minister Russ Marchuk and Social Services Minster June Draude said they were open to considering changes to the rules, after a Kijiji ad warning parents of an unlicensed daycare was shared on social media. The Saskatchewan government can issue provisional licenses for violations at licensed day cares and child care homes. They are also inspected. Unlicensed daycares aren't subject to provisional licenses or inspections. Instead, the province will investigate if it receives complaints from the public."

March 2014 - Investment in to the education of our children begins even before they reach kindergarten. This budget provides $20.4 million–an increase of more than 6 percent over last year–to support 15 new pre-K programs. This will bring the total number of pre-K programs across Saskatchewan to 316. The number of childcare spaces in Saskatchewan is also expanding. The 2014-15 Budget provides $52.7 million, an increase of 4.3 percent compared to last year, to expand the number of childcare spaces by 500.

December 2013 - The Child Care Amendment Regulations

December 2013 - Child Care Licensee Manual

May 2013 - Education Minister Russ Marchuk announced the names of 15 communities that will receive new child care spaces as a result of this year’s budget.

March 2013 - The Saskatchewan government released their 2013-1014 Provincial Budget, and continue to make students a priority by investing in the PreK-12 education system.

August 2012 - The government announced additional professional development funding for staff and board members of child care centres. "Grants are provided to reimburse costs associated with attending professional development events such as workshops or conferences held in the province."

May 2012 - Education Minister Donna Harpauer announced the Saskatchewan Government has allocated 500 new child care spaces to 15 communities across the province.

September 2011 – As part of Saskatchewan's 500 new spaces, a new 25-space child care centre was opened on September 23.

May 2011New child care spaces ($2.1 million) announced in 2011-2012 budget allocated to 13 communities. More than 150 of the new spaces will support post-secondary students with children at University of Saskatchewan, Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies (SIIT) and Punnichy Child Care Centre. Since November 2007, investment in licensed child care has increased over 36%, allocating funding for 3,435 new child care spaces to communities across the province.

March 2011Budget increase of $4 million was announced: $2.1 million to support development of 500 new child care spaces, with some designated to post-secondary institutions; and $2.6 million to develop an additional 40 pre-kindergarten programs to provide new spaces for up to 640 three and four-year-old children targeted in high needs areas.

February 2011 – The Saskatchewan government announced more support for early childhood educators. Supports include: an increase in start-up grants for school-age spaces from $308 to $615 per child; Tuition Reimbursement Grants increase from $150 per individual course to $500; and from $450 to $1,500 for the Early Childhood Orientation course equivalent to an Early Childhood Educator I. In addition, early childhood educators working in a licensed setting can also apply for a Professional Development Support Grant to assist with the costs of attending in-province professional development opportunities taking place between September 1, 2010 and March 15, 2011.

November 2010Expansion of 18 pre-kindergarten programs to 230 programs in Saskatchewan, serving approximately 3,700 children.

April 2010 – The government announced that it intends to add 235 new regulated child care spaces this year to bring the provincial total to 11,650.

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Alberta

March 2017 ~ New! - Budget 2017

Excerpt: "The newly established Ministry of Children’s Services creates an increased focus on ensuring Alberta’s children are provided with services and supports they need to thrive; Budget 2017 provides stable funding for the child intervention system and provides a solid foundation to strengthen the system; The Alberta Child Benefit provides $174 million in 2017-18 with up to $2,785 each year to Alberta’s most vulnerable families, in support of about 200,000 children; The Alberta Family Employment Tax Credit supports working families with children by providing a maximum annual credit of $773 for families with one child, and up to $2,038 for families with 4 children or more."

November 2016 - Improving Access to Quality, Affordable Child Care

Excerpt: "Each new child-care centre will receive up to $500,000 in operating funding in the first year, with the opportunity to receive two more years of funding. The locations of new child-care centres, targeted to where demand is greatest, will be announced early in 2017."

October 2015 - Budget 2015: Supporting jobs, supporting families. The Alberta way.

Excerpt: "Proposals were put before this House by the previous government to cut funding to Alberta’s elementary, secondary and post-secondary school systems – even though education is the single most important investment our province can make in the welfare of our children, and the success of our future economy. In this budget, we confirm we are restoring funding to the education and advanced education budgets that were cut by the former government."

March 2015 - Budget 2015

Excerpt: "There is $297 million budgeted in 2015-16 for child care programs, a $10 million or 3.5% increase from 2014-15. This budget maintains full child care subsidies for families with a household income of less than $50,000, as introduced in Budget 2012."

June 2014 - Strathcona County’s new Child Care Information Bank is a response to an identified service gap, namely, difficulty finding childcare and knowing how to choose safe, quality child care.

April 2014 - How are our Young Children Doing? Community Profiles of Early Childhood Development in Alberta

June 2013 - The Alberta Approach to Early Childhood Development aims to change that by improving supports and services so that all children have the opportunity to reach their full potential.  Our plan is to create connected networks rooted in communities – to build a systematic approach to early childhood development that ensures every Alberta baby, toddler, child, and their family has access to high quality programs and services. Our plan means working together more effectively. The Ministries of Human Services, Health and Education are collaborating with each other and with communities to make this happen.

May 2013 - Government, stakeholders and service delivery partners have identified opportunities to enhance legislation, tools, processes and policies to improve the security, education, health, safety and well-being of children and youth in Alberta.  The Children First Act was brought before the Legislative Assembly on May 7 and is currently being debated in the house.

March 2012 - In Budget 2013, funding for child care is $269.7 million, an increase of $5 million. Families will continue to be supported through child care subsidy benefits that offset the cost of child care." The Operational Plan notes investments in child care (maintaining full child care subsidies for families with a household income of less than $50,000); early childhood development (providing $89 million in 2013â€14 for early intervention and fetal alcohol spectrum disorder initiatives); and private schools (to support accredited private schools & private operators that provide EC Services programs for children). See the Alberta Human Services backgrounder for Budget 2013 for a description of separate streams of funding to child care and to early child development.

January 2012 - Following consultations with Albertans, the province announced a new 10-point plan for the education system, which includes "examining the operational requirements of full-day kindergarten."

November 2011 - The province has launched Our Children, Our Future: Getting it Right Public Consultations on the Education Act. The government will hold forums in seven communities on education legislation. 

July 2011 - Child care inspection summaries now available online for all licensed child care programs and contracted family day home agencies.

January 2011 – Effective January 5, 2010, all space creation grant funding has been committed and the ministry will no longer accept new applications. Applications submitted prior to this date will be assessed and applicants will be notified. 

October 2010Auditor General report calls for improvements in licensing requirement documentation and more attention to compliance with requirements.

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British Columbia

February 2017 ~ New! - Balanced Budget 2017

"To increase accessibility of child care, $20 million of that investment in 2017-18 will support the creation of up to 2,000 new, additional, child care spaces. These spaces are in addition to government’s current goal of creating 13,000 new licensed child care spaces between 2014 and 2020, announced as part of the B.C. Early Years Strategy."

October 2016 - EDI BC: 2016 Provincial Report

Explore EDI vulnerability rates & trends for BC kids via our new interactive EDI BC 2016 Provincial Report.

May 2016 - New Child-Care Spaces Are On Their Way

Excerpt: " Families in 30 B.C. communities will soon benefit from 1,818 new licensed child-care spaces, thanks to a nearly $11.3-million investment from the Province through the Child Care Major Capital Funding Program, announced Minister of Children and Family Development Stephanie Cadieux from the BC Institute of Technology (BCIT) Student Association Child Care Centre."

May 2016 - The B.C. Early Years Strategy: An Update

Excerpt: "The B.C. Early Years Strategy is the Province’s long-term plan to ensure our youngest citizens have the best possible start in life. It was released in 2013 and builds on the Province’s $1-billion annual investment in the early years."

May 2016 - $500,000 for Early Childhood Educator Training

Excerpt: "Students participating in early childhood education programs can apply for up to $300 per course, to a maximum of $1,500 per semester. Priority will be given to Aboriginal students, students attending programs with an Aboriginal focus and students working to achieve an infant/toddler educator designation."

February 2016 - Budget 2016

December 2015 - Autism Research Project to Help B.C. Parents of Young Children

November 2015 - Growing Up In BC – 2015

"Children who have developed a range of key skills and abilities before starting Kindergarten are more likely to do well academically, graduate and enjoy success as adults."

August 2015 - Evaluation Report 2015 - Early Years Centres (EYC)

In the Fall of 2015, the Human Early Learning Partnership was engaged by the provincial Early Years Office to complete an early stage evaluation of the lessons learned from the first twelve Early Years Centres (EYCs) funded under the government’s Early Years Strategy. This report documents the findings from this evaluation.

June 2015 - 1,488 new child-care spaces will help B.C. families

March 2015  - $1 million for early childhood educator training: Government will provide $1 million to continue a bursary fund for students enrolled in early childhood education programs, Children and Family Development Minister Stephanie Cadieux announced today at the BC Early Years Forum in Richmond. The Early Childhood Educators of BC established the ECE Student Bursary program in April 2014 with support from a provincial investment of $513,000.

February 2015 - Balanced Budget 2015

Excerpt: "Approximately 180,000 families will begin receiving the B.C. Early Childhood Tax Benefit starting April 1, 2015. It provides up to $660 a year for each child under the age of six, to help with the cost of child care. The cost of this program will be $146 million annually beginning in 2015-16. Also available starting this year is the Training and Education Savings grant—a one-time payment of $1,200 for every child resident in B.C. who was born since January 1, 2007. As many as 40,000 children may be eligible every year, once they turn six."

January 2015 - Child-care capital funding, ECE bursaries available - Child-care providers throughout B.C. can now apply for the second phase of major capital funding under the B.C. Early Years Strategy, which will create 1,000 new licensed child-care spaces in 2015-16. These spaces are in addition to the 1,006 new child-care spaces government announced Nov. 2014.

November 2014 - 1,006 New Child-Care Spaces Coming to B.C. Families: Families in 28 communities throughout B.C. will benefit from 1,006 new licensed child-care spaces, announced Children and Family Development Minister Stephanie Cadieux and Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation Minister John Rustad today at the Victoria Native Friendship Centre.

September 2014 - Four-year Capital Plan includes significant investments for Vancouver - Priorities for capital investments: Childcare ($30 million); Highlights of the plan: Create 1,000 new childcare spaces over four years.

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August 2014 - Parents and families in several B.C. communities will soon be able to connect to early learning, health and family services in one convenient location. Twelve community organizations throughout the province have been selected to host new BC Early Years Centres that will help support families with children aged 0-6.

July 2014 - City of Vancouver - 2015-2018 Capital Plan proposes major investments in affordable housing, childcare, transportation: 1,000 new childcare spaces; proposed investment $30 million.

May 2014 - Child-care providers throughout the province are encouraged to apply for a total of $14.8 million in major capital funding to create new licensed child-care spaces for B.C. kids.

Starting today, non-profit child-care providers can apply for up to $500,000, while private child-care organizations can apply for up to $250,000. Funding can be used to:

  • Build a new child care facility, including the cost of buying land or a building.
  • Assemble a modular building and develop a site.
  • Renovate an existing building.
  • Buy eligible equipment (including playground equipment) and furnishings to support new child-care spaces in an existing facility.

April 2014 - New bursary supports early childhood educators - The B.C. government is investing $513,000 to help increase the number of early childhood educators throughout the province. The funding is going to the Early Childhood Educators of BC to establish a bursary fund for students enrolling or enrolled in early childhood educational programs.

January 2014 - The new Provincial Office for the Early Years will focus on the needs of families with children up to age six and help ensure they have easy access to a range of early-years services no matter where they live in B.C., announced Minister of Children and Family Development Stephanie Cadieux at the UBC Early Years Conference in Vancouver.

January 2014 - From the British Columbia Teachers' Federation, 2013–14 Canadian Teacher Salary rankings: Provinces and territories.

November 2013 - New Kindergarten to Grade 9 Curriculum Framework for feedback - Four new features:

  • The reduction in the number of content learning standards places greater emphasis on acquiring and developing key disciplinary thinking skills. These skills are built around six major historical and geographical thinking concepts: significance, evidence, continuity and change, cause and consequence, perspective, and ethical judgments. While the Social Studies curriculum focuses on topics from the disciplines of history, geography, political science, and economics, Social Studies can draw topics from disciplines across the humanities and social sciences, such as archeology, philosophy, or anthropology
  • This focus on disciplinary thinking means that students will take part in actively building their own understanding of important concepts and topics. Social Studies covers many interesting topics with no agreed-upon answer, such as questions about the causes of major historical events or debates about which policy decisions government should make to address a societal problem. Using disciplinary thinking tools, students will learn to develop and support their own answers to these questions, as well as challenge the answers and information obtained through various sources.
  • Less detailed and less prescriptive content allows teachers and students to go in directions of particular interest or local relevance.
  • In order to build greater understanding of Aboriginal history and culture, the study of these important topics and perspectives are embedded throughout all grades.

February 2013 - The BC Premier unveiled an eight-year provincial early years strategy.

February 2013 - Since launching the Families First Agenda, the BC government has had the opportunity to engage with British Columbians from across the province. Through the website, face-to-face meetings and by using social media, we have received thoughtful comments and practical, useful advice on how to improve our programs, refocus our planning, and better orient government so that our significant yearly investments of taxpayer money make a positive difference in the lives of British Columbians. In the Families First Agenda, we were clear that work to support British Columbia’s children is an essential part of our plan to support families.

February 2013 - This year’s Service Plan sees the ministry moving forward to improve the quality of programs delivered to children and their families across key service areas: Early Years; Services for Children and Youth with Special Needs; Child and Youth Mental Health; Child Safety, Family Support and Children in Care Services; Adoption Services and Youth Justice Services.

June 2012 - Government unveils the Families First Agenda, which includes "advancing supports in early childhood."

Spring 2012 - BC releases its 2010/11 Annual Report on the early years.

July 2011 - The Ministry of Children and Family Development "is adjusting child care subsidy rates and will increase the maximum monthly subsidy rate for parents requiring care before and after school, on non-instructional days and during school closures. The province has invested $296 million in child care this year and $154 million in subsidies (which assists 54,000 children).""

July 2011 - The Government announced $5 million funding for continued support for "programs aimed at supporting the health and well-being of Aboriginal children. Funds will flow through the First Nations and Urban Aboriginal Early Childhood Development Steering Committee to programs and projects "focused on early child development for BC First Nations and urban Aboriginal children, ages zero to six years of age, and their families."

May 2011 – Government announces 10 additional StrongStart programs through an RFP process from school districts. The school districts will receive $52,000 for each of the new programs: $20,000 to prepare in-school space, including renovations and the purchase of new equipment and learning materials and $32,000 for annual operating costs, including staff, professional development, supplies and snacks.

March 2011 – Ministry of Children and Family Development has allocated $1 million in one-time funding for licensed group child-care (30 months to school-age) to 900 providers that receive funding under the Child Care Operating Funding program and may be used for quality enhancement expenses, including professional development. Payments are based on the number of funded licensed group child-care spaces – at the rate of approximately $45 per licensed space.

March 2011 – The province signed a $28.5 million contract with Shelter Industries to design, construct and install 138 modular classrooms in 25 BC school districts to allow space for full-day kindergarten space.

March 2011 – B.C. Government supports the Success By 6 partnership through an investment of $3.4 million for 2011-12. The B.C. Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres will help promote the importance of Aboriginal early childhood development in B.C.

February 2011 – The report, Family Roots, is the province’s first step in establishing a comprehensive baseline of government programs and services supporting children, youth and families, upon which the success of future actions and investments will be measured.

February 2011 – The enhanced monthly subsidy rate for the Young Parents Program will increase from $850 to $1,000 per child, effective March 1, 2011. (Funding for the programs is estimated at more than $1.7 million annually – $400,000 in child care operating funding and $1.3 million for child care subsidies.)

November 2010 – Representatives of B.C. First Nations, Urban Aboriginal and Métis peoples have come together to administer a $5-million fund aimed at strengthening and expanding early childhood development programs and services to their children and families.

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Yukon

April 2015 - Budget 2015-16

Excerpt: "School will never be a replacement for a healthy home, but if the fundamental promise of our education system is to develop the “whole child”, then we cannot ignore students non-academic needs in school. To that end, we will be focusing specifically on assessing what resources our schools and our educators require to ensure that those needs can be met."

April 2014 - The well-being of children and families in Yukon is the focus of a new plan issued today by Minister of Health and Social Services Doug Graham. On the Path Together: Wellness Plan for Yukon’s Children and Families provides evidence-based strategies for improving the health and well-being of children and youth that will be used to help plan and set priorities and provide practical information on healthy living. The plan sets out three pathways to improve wellness: Giving kids a good start in life (0-5 years); Raising kids who flourish (6–19 years); Healthy living for all.

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Northwest Territories

February 2017 - 2017-18 Budget

$1.5 million to help offset the costs of the junior kindergarten program as it is rolled out in all NWT communities for four-year old children and a commitment to spend an additional $2.7 million for schools before the end of the 18th Legislative Assembly to ensure that this critical program can be implemented in all communities.

June 2015 - Feasibility Study of Universal, Affordable Daycare in the Northwest Territories

February 2015 - Budget 2015-16 provides $4.9 million in funding for actions in support of improving health and well-being, including: $1.12 million to support the Early Childhood Development Action Plan and enhance community-based early intervention service delivery to improve the care of youngsters.

September 2014 - Investments in early childhood guided by new early development data - "New data released today by the Department of Education, Culture and Employment (ECE) confirms that actions the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) is undertaking to support the healthy development of children in the NWT are focused on areas of greatest need. The information was collected over three years using the Early Development Instrument (EDI), a standardized method of measuring readiness to learn that is used across Canada and in several other countries."

June 2014 - Minister Lafferty tabled a Junior Kindergarten Information Kit that provides background on Junior Kindergarten, the Government of the Northwest Territories’ (GNWT) financial investment in the education system, dedicated funding for Inclusive Schooling and the NWT’s Pupil-Teacher Ratio (PTR). The information kit also looked at the projected impact of implementing Junior Kindergarten on the two Yellowknife school boards, Yellowknife Catholic Schools (YCS) and Yellowknife Education District No. 1.

February 2014 - An action plan outlining the Government’s future priorities for programs and funding.

May 2012 - The Departments of Education, Culture and Employment and Health and Social Services will update the 2001 Early Childhood Development Framework for Action.

December 2011 - Free preschool is being considered in the Northwest Territories: ""We've heard from various jurisdictions across Canada, even internationally, that we have to invest heavily into early childhood," said Jackson Lafferty, GNWT minister of Education, Culture and Employment. Currently, the earliest children in the territory can begin publicly funded education is in kindergarten at age five. Early childhood education and childcare is the first of four priorities outlined by the Aboriginal Student Achievement (ASA) Education Plan that was tabled in the legislative assembly on Aug. 19. The priorities aim to eliminate the gap between aboriginal and non-aboriginal student achievement in the NWT. " [Source: Northern News Services]

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Nunavut

February 2017 - Budget 2017-2018

Excerpt: "$1.6 M to the Nunavut Arctic College to support a new law program in partnership with the University of Saskatchewan, launching this fall. The GN is also providing $1.3M to help the College fund its Social Worker and Early Childhood Education programs."

February 2015 - Budget 2015-2016

Excerpt: "Early childhood education is essential to our success. It gives children a head start in preparing for modern life. It gives parents opportunities to enter the workforce or take training. In this budget our government is increasing support for early childhood education by 14% to $7.4 million. The Education department is also thoroughly reviewing all early childhood education programs and services to improve their results. In making these investments, we also recognize our responsibility to ensure that Nunavut’s child care centres and schools are safe and secure. As this house knows, the Auditor General reported last year on a number of deficiencies. The Department of Education and the Department of Community and Government Services are working to ensure proper inspections and safe working practices. The Nunavut Teachers Association has joined us to implement proper methods for school safety and training for school staff."

July 2014 - Understanding the Training Needs of Early Childhood Educators Across Inuit Nunangat: "This document summarizes information on training gaps in the field of early childhood education in Inuit Nunangat. It was developed to inform future investments in early childhood education, as well as policy and program development in the field. While this project did not undertake a rigorous research process, nor an exhaustive literature review, Inuit regional partners were engaged at every stage. The resulting document gives a voice to representatives working on the ground with child care centres."

November 2013 - Responsibility for ensuring the safety of students in schools and children in childcare facilities is shared by the Department of Education and the Department of Community and Government Services. We looked at how the departments of Education and Community and Government Services have carried out their responsibilities in this area, focusing on the inspections they are required to conduct in school and childcare facilities.

May 2013 - The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health and Member of Parliament for Nunavut, announced funding for a project to provide capacity to expand the availability of preschool programs for children ages 3 to 5 years of age living in communities across Nunavut.

November 2012 - The government responds to the release of Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated’s Report on the State of Inuit Culture and Society – The Status of Children and Youth, stating that "the future of Nunavut depends on ensuring the health and well-being of our children today."

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Canada-wide

March 2017 ~ New! - Budget 2017 - Building a Strong Middle Class

"Budget 2017 proposes to invest an additional $7 billion over 10 years, starting in 2018–19, to support and create more high-quality, affordable child care spaces across the country. A portion of this investment will be dedicated to early learning and child care programs for Indigenous children living on- and off-reserve.

"To ensure that Canadian families have better access to high-quality, affordable child care, the Government is working with the provinces and territories to develop a National Framework on Early Learning and Child Care, focusing on best practices and new approaches to best serve families."

"In addition, a distinct Indigenous Framework on Early Learning and Child Care, will be created in cooperation with Indigenous partners. The distinct Indigenous framework will reflect the unique cultures and needs of First Nations, Inuit and Métis children across Canada."

February 2017 ~ New! - Employment Insurance Special Benefits Consultations - Release of Summary Findings

"Overall, the most common challenges experienced while on maternity or parental leave are regarding financial hardships, restrictions in the qualification criteria for those self-employed or on contract, and difficulties finding childcare. When asked about their challenges while being in maternity or parental leave, the most common challenges mentioned are related to finances, especially among those with single income families, twins, and multiple births; difficulties finding suitable and affordable childcare; and problems qualifying for EI benefits while being self-employed or working on contract."

August 2016 - New tax credit for educators will benefit Canada's children

"Budget 2016 proposes to introduce a teacher and early childhood educator school supply tax credit for 2016 and subsequent taxation years. This measure will allow an employee who is an eligible educator to claim a 15% refundable tax credit based on an amount of up to $1,000 of purchases of eligible teaching supplies by the employee in a taxation year."

March 2016 - Growing the Middle Class: Budget 2016

"For Canadian families, high-quality, affordable child care is more than a convenience—it’s a necessity. The Government recognizes the deep connection between child care and the economic security of families, and proposes to invest $500 million in 2017–18 to support the establishment of a National Framework on Early Learning and Child Care. Of this amount, $100 million would be for Indigenous child care and early learning on reserve."

December 2015 - Making Real Change Happen - Speech from the Throne to Open the First Session of the Forty-Second Parliament of Canada

November 2015 - Minister of Families, Children and Social Development Mandate Letter

April 2015 - Budget 2015: Strong Leadership - A Balanced Budget, Low Tax Plan For Jobs, Growth And Security

Excerpt: "A typical two-earner family of four will receive tax relief and increased benefits of up to $6,600 in 2015, as a result of the Family Tax Cut, the Universal Child Care Benefit, the Goods and Services Tax (GST) rate reduction, the introduction of new credits, such as the Children’s Fitness Tax Credit, and broad-based income tax relief including the reduction in the lowest personal income tax rate (Chart 1.3)."

October 2014 - PM announces tax cuts, increased benefits for families. The proposed new measures include: The Family Tax Cut, a federal tax credit that will allow a higher-income spouse to transfer up to $50,000 of taxable income to a spouse in a lower tax bracket; Increasing the Universal Child Care Benefit (UCCB) for children under age six; Expanding the UCCB to children aged six through 17; Increasing the Child Care Expense Deduction dollar limits by $1,000, effective for the 2015 tax year.

October 2014 - PM Announces Intention to Double the Children’s Fitness Tax Credit - Parents will be able to take advantage of the new $1,000 maximum limit in the spring of 2015 when they file their tax returns for 2014. The credit will be made refundable as of the 2015 tax year, increasing benefits to low-income families claiming it for that year and subsequent years.

May 2014 - Federal Court of Appeal Clarifies Nature and Scope of Family Status Protections 

"On May 2, 2014, the Federal Court of Appeal unanimously upheld the findings of the Federal Court concerning an employer's obligation to provide workplace accommodation for an employee's childcare needs in Canada (Attorney General) v. Johnstone, a case that has garnered significant media attention. As the first decision from an appellate-level court on this issue in more than a decade, this ruling serves as the most authoritative statement to date on a difficult issue that has generated a lot of uncertainty for workplace participants."

Also see Employers Can’t Punish Parents over Child Care Needs

April 2014 - Current Canadian Leave Policies

April 2014 - Nutrition for Healthy Term Infants: Recommendations from Six to 24 Months

July 2012 - During their 100th meeting, the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC), celebrated "provincial and territorial cooperation in education" and discussed several topics, including, early childhood learning and development.

July 2011 - The Council of the Federation announced the importance of families as well as providing children with a good start in life. The Council emphasized the need to provide families with choice in child care, as well as quality programming. The Council also noted that current maternity and parental benefits are inadequate and that Canadian families need better supports.

February 2011 – CMEC Ministers of Education held a special session on early-childhood learning and development, led by the Honourable Leona Dombrowsky, Minister of Education for Ontario. They confirmed the importance of early learning as one of the four pillars of Learn Canada 2020 and noted the large and growing body of research that shows the positive effect of early learning on children’s overall academic achievement.   Ministers committed to continue knowledge-sharing on early childhood learning and development through CMEC to ensure that all provinces and territories benefit from the learning and innovation taking place throughout the country.

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Aboriginal

July 2013 - The Government has now concluded the first phase of consultation on a proposed framework for legislation on First Nations elementary and secondary education. As the consultation process moves forward, the Government has released a Blueprint for Legislation which sets out the Government of Canada’s proposed approach to a First Nation Education Act and has been informed by the work of the National Panel on First Nation Elementary and Secondary Education, and recent consultations undertaken between December 2012 and May 2013.

July 2013 - In Budget 2010 the Government committed to work with First Nations to develop options, including new legislation, to improve the governance framework and clarify accountability for First Nations elementary and secondary education. In 2011, the Government and the Assembly of First Nations launched a National Panel, which made a number of recommendations for reforming First Nations education in its February 2012 report.  In response to the Panel’s report, the Government is working with partners to introduce a First Nation Education Act and have it in place for September 2014. The purpose of this legislation is to establish the structures and standards to support strong and accountable education systems on reserve. This will set the stage for more positive education outcomes for First Nations children and youth. The Government will also work to explore mechanisms to ensure stable, predictable and sustainable funding for First Nations elementary and secondary education.

December 2012 - The Auditor General of Ontario's 2012 Annual Report included a chapter on Education of Aboriginal Students.

October 2012 - For its Chiefs Assembly on Education (October 1-3), the Assembly of First Nations released a series of documents and factsheets on First Nations education, including: "Early Childhood Education in First Nations Communities"; "2011 AFN School Survey Results," of which ECE was one of six themes; and "A Portrait of First Nations and Education."

October 2012 - The Aboriginal Head Start Association of BC released Stepping Stones to School: AHS to Kindergarten Transition Toolkit, "an educational resource for all Early Childhood programs that include Aboriginal children... [that includes] a collection of tools and suggestions from AHS programs that help create a successful transition into school for Aboriginal children and their families."

July 2012 - During their 100th meeting, the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC), celebrated "provincial and territorial cooperation in education" and discussed several topics, including, Aboriginal education.

December 2011 - Statistics Canada predicts that the Aboriginal identity population in Canada could be between 1.7 million and 2.2 million by 2031 "representing between 4.0% and 5.3% of the total population. The average annual growth rate of the Aboriginal identity population as a whole during this period would be between 1.1% and 2.2%, compared with 1.0% for the non-Aboriginal population. In 2006, an estimated 1.3 million people reported an Aboriginal identity. These populations accounted for 3.9% of the Canadian population. Among them, 785,000 were North American Indians, 404,000 were Métis and 53,000 were Inuit..."

June 2011 - The National Committee on Inuit Education released a report containing a national strategy for Inuit education containing  10 core investments. The goal of the strategy is to "graduate more Inuit students and transform early childhood, K-12 and post-secondary programs throughout the four Inuit regions of Canada, Nunavut, Nunavik (Northern Quebec), Nunatsiavut (Northern Labrador) and the Inuvialuit Settlement Region of the Northwest Territories."

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