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Provinces and Territories Urged to Implement Predictable Funding Models for Child Care Operators to Support $10-a-Day Program: Canadian Child Care Federation (CCCF) Outlines Vision for Quality Child Care

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As Canadian provinces and territories advance towards the realization of accessible and affordable child care through the $10-a-Day program, the Canadian Child Care Federation (CCCF) says that for this program to fulfill its promise, it is crucial to establish predictable funding mechanisms that accurately reflect the true costs of operating child care centres, sustain child care operators and expand new programs.

The CCCF’s new Vision for Quality Child Care outlines a Canada where every child receives high quality Early Learning and Care, irrespective of family type, parental employment and income. CCCF believes that by championing these principles and establishing predictable funding models and adequate support for ECEs, we can create a child care system that truly serves the needs of all families, wherever they live in Canada.

In its Vision for Quality Child Care in Canada, the CCCF emphasizes the need for equitable funding models that go beyond simply covering basic operational expenses. These models must account for additional costs incurred by child care operators, including providing care for children with special needs and delivering services in remote or rural areas. By acknowledging and addressing these additional expenses, provinces and territories can ensure that child care operators have the resources necessary to deliver culturally affirming, inclusive and high-quality care to all children no matter where they live.

Marni Flaherty, Interim CEO of the CCCF, stated, “Achieving quality child care for all Canadian families requires more than just affordable fees; it demands sustainable funding models that support the diverse needs of children and families across the country. By prioritizing stable funding, increasing compensation and benefits to support ECEs, and championing inclusive and high-quality child care, we aim to build a brighter future for generations to come.”

As provinces and territories continue to work towards implementing the $10-a-Day Child Care Program, the CCCF urges policymakers to consider the recommendations outlined in its Vision for Quality Child Care. By adopting funding models that accurately reflect the true costs of running child care centers and address the unique needs of children and families, governments can build a child care system that is inclusive, equitable, and sustainable.

For media inquiries, please contact:

Marni Flaherty, Interim CEO, CCCF – 905-906-0030

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