September 23, 2011 - NEW RESEARCH ON EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT
The Lancet has released new research in a series of papers focused on Early Childhood Development. The 2011 series examines risks and protective factors for early child development, and new evidence on program effectiveness from 40 studies and program evaluations. UNICEF's Innocenti Research Centre website has the complete report and much more. Read UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre's take on the series.
June 24, 2011 - BIZ RATE MAGAZINE INTERVIEWS MARNIE FLAHERTY, HCCAO PRESIDENT
The interest in Licensed Home Child Care continues to build. Recently, a reporter from BankRate.com magazine interviewed Marni Flaherty, President of the Home Child Care Association of Ontario to learn more about the requirements of operating a home child care and the benefits of being with a licensed agency. Read the article.
February 4, 2011 - CHILD CARE: WOULD YOU PREFER BENEFIT CHEQUES OR A NATIONAL DAY CARE SYSTEM?
February 4, 2011 - CANCELLING NATIONAL CHILD CARE PROGRAM MEANS HIGH COST, LITTLE CHOICE FOR PARENTS
February 6 marks the 5th anniversary of Prime Minister Stephen Harper's cancellation of a national child care program and child care advocates and women's groups have a message for the government: Canada urgently needs a public system of early childhood education and care.
"Cancelling the national child care program has put a huge burden on low, modest and middle income families," said Sue Delanoy of the Child Care Advocacy Association of Canada. "Mr. Harper claims he's delivered 'choice in child care' but the facts show that for most families, the options are severely limited. What families need is a quality system that's accessible and affordable for everyone."
In 2006 the Conservatives' first act in government was to terminate federal-provincial agreements that would have established a new $1 billion a year national program. Instead the government is spending twice as much on its substitute Universal Child Care Benefit which pays $100/month to parents for each child under age six. However fees for infant care in some Canadian cities can be higher than $1,200 a month.
Laurel Rothman of Campaign 2000, a national group fighting child poverty explained: "The Harper government has spent $11 billion in scarce public funds and has nothing to show. Most parents are still scrambling to find child care. Instead, we could have been building a real child care system that by now could have offered 500,000 more families a choice of quality services."
A decline in growth of regulated child care spaces has made finding good child care even harder. Many families are forced to rely on unregulated care and on the growing for-profit child care sector. In 2008 there were regulated child care spaces for just 20 per cent of 0-5 year olds, with rural communities and children with special needs even more poorly served. International child care studies rank Canada behind even the United States and Australia.
"Five years ago, Mr. Harper made a choice that has put many parents and especially women in a tough dilemma," said Paul Moist, national president of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE). "Parents who have to go to work don't have choices. They can't find a quality space and can't afford the high cost. It shouldn't be this way. A public option would give families the quality choices for their kids that all parents want."
Child care advocates note that five years later, Harper's choice doesn't address the actual cost of child care, doesn't build for the future, and makes finding quality affordable child care a serious challenge for Canadian families.
Signed by: Child Care Advocacy Association of Canada; Campaign 2000; Childcare Resource and Research Unit; Canadian Union of Public Employees; Ad-Hoc Coalition for Women's Equality and Human Rights; Canadian Federation of University Women
January 21, 2011 - HOME CHILD CARE ASSOCIATION OF ONTARIO CALLS FOR CORONER’S INQUEST INTO DEATH IN UNLICENSED HOME CHILD CARE
As a result of the recent tragedy in an unlicensed home child care in Mississauga, the Home Child Care Association of Ontario is calling for a Coroner’s Inquiry to investigate the death and the systems that allowed such to occur.
The Home Child Care Association of Ontario represents more than 75 Licensed Home Child Care Agencies, providing licensed, home-based early learning and child care to more than 60 000 children in over 3000 homes across Ontario. Agencies are licensed and individuals contracting with agencies must follow the province’s Day Nurseries Act. Licensed home child care providers can care for no more than two children under 2 years and three under 3 years to a maximum of 5 children; including their own children. Unregulated operators do not have to adhere to the maximum number of children.
The membership of Home Child Care Association of Ontario is deeply committed to the well-being of children and their families and so have a strong interest in how programs and services for children are organized and delivered throughout the province.
The Home Child Care Association of Ontario believes:
- Quality in home-based care is achieved through licensing standards, fair remuneration, training, education and social support.
- Licensing standards should apply to all home-based child care.
- Legislated standards should apply to all home-based child care.
- All children should have equal access to quality care.
For more information contact Marni Flaherty, President of the Home Child Care Association of Ontario 905 574 9344 ext. 115.
Home Child Care Association of Ontario
756 Ossington Avenue, Toronto ON M6G 3T9
Phone: 416-233-1506 | Fax: 416-530-1924 | firstname.lastname@example.org
January 11, 2011 - ADVOCATES CALL FOR CORONER'S INQUEST INTO DEATH IN UNLICENSED HOME CHILD CARE - Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care
January 12, 2011 - HORWATH CALLS FOR CORONER'S INQUEST INTO TODDLER DEATH - Ontario NDP