September 24, 2012 - HOME CHILD CARE ASSOCIATION OF ONTARIO RESPONDS TO MINISTRY OF EDUCATION'S MID-TERM AND LONG-TERM PLAN FOR CHILD CARE
The Home Child Care Association of Ontario is pleased to provide a response to Modernizing Child Care in Ontario: Sharing Conversations. Strengthening Partnerships, Working Together, released by the Ministry of Education in June 2012. Our association is grateful for the commitment that government has demonstrated, through the release of the discussion paper, to addressing the challenges facing the sector.
The Home Child Care Association of Ontario is committed to working with the Ministry of Education throughout the Modernization process to ensure that the families and children in Ontario benefit from a regulated, monitored, early learning and child care system. We look forward to the opportunity to explore with the Ministry options for consideration regarding Licensed Home Child Care in Ontario.
June 27, 2012 - MINISTRY OF EDUCATION LAUNCHES THEIR MID-TERM AND LONG-TERM PLAN FOR CHILD CARE IN ONTARIO
Today, the Ministry of Education launched their mid-term and long-term plan for child care in Ontario. This document speaks to many facets of child care, most importantly stabilization and consistency.
Rupert Gordon, Director of Early Learning and Child Care Policy and Program, Ministry of Education has consulted with the Home Child Care Association in advance of the mid-term and long-term plan launch. Rupert Gordon, reports to Jim Grieve, Assistant Deputy Minister of the Early Learning Division for the Ministry of Education There is clear support for licensed home child care in Ontario. The Ministry is aware of the advantages of licensed home child care and is committed to strengthening child care and providing consistency.
Please take time to review the document Modernizing Child Care in Ontario launched by the ministry today. Further details are also available on the Ministry of Education website. Also see the News Release and Backgrounder.
May 14, 2012 - PRESIDENT MARNI FLAHERTY WINS YWCA HAMILTON WOMEN OF DISTINCTION AWARD
Congratulations to Marni Flaherty, President of the Home Child Care Association of Ontario, on winning the YWCA Woman of Distinction Award, Education and Mentorship. Marni is helping lead the way to ensure that quality child care options are available for all families.
April 19, 2012 - HCCAO RESPONSE TO ONTARIO BUDGET
The Home Child Care Association of Ontario and its members were disappointed that there was not an acknowledgement of the immediate crisis faced by this sector during this most recent budget announcement. Read HCCAO's response to the Ontario budget.
February 8, 2012 - SOLUTIONS - How the Ontario government can rescue and ensure the viability and quality of the province’s child care system
Child care is an essential part of an early learning and care agenda. It is a vital service for thousands of families in Ontario and an important contributing support to our economy. Child care faces an unprecedented 'crisis' – we do not use this term lightly as indeed we are facing a dramatic reduction of child care services in Ontario. This open paper outlines the crisis, but more importantly, starts a dialogue toward solutions.
SOLUTIONS offers a practical way forward. A way that can lead child care away from the coming collapse. A way that can lead to and foster a new healthy construct for this service. We have offered short term proposed actions that we recommend implementing in 2012 and a long term blueprint, based on evidence and best practice, which would modernize child care.
This paper calls for increased public investment. As responsible Ontarians, we are acutely aware of the economic situation facing our Province. While we recognize this reality, we outline the positive contributions child care provides to our economy and remind that it is a key foundation for bringing people into the workforce. We cannot imagine a 'modern' Ontario without a base child care service. Indeed, while the pressures on the public purse are extraordinary, can we afford not to make this investment?
On behalf of the Quality Early Learning Network, we welcome and hope that this paper stimulates discussion and reaction. We welcome your reaction by way of an email response to QELNetwork@gmail.com.