Building Blocks for Child Care, Ontario, is a charitable corporation with a mission to expand and preserve accessible, affordable, high quality non-profit and public early learning and child care for future generations.
Our work will focus on helping community groups, existing non-profit and public child care organizations and governments build new facilities or redevelop existing spaces to increase the availability of non-profit and public child care for families and communities across Ontario.
Children thrive in enriching environments. – Central to high quality are the highly-skilled staff, with only a few children for every adult. Quality exists when children are able to engage with people who foster important and meaningful relationships with every child and their family. It depends on the ECEs ; who understand and demonstrate inclusive best-practices and culturally-appropriate programs, and create conditions for learning and healthy child development, in welcoming places and well-designed spaces.
A strong, high-quality system must be built on not-for-profit and public Early Learning and Child Care (ELCC) Leading research and policy reports demonstrate the importance of not-for-profit delivery of services as a critical underpinning of quality services.
A universal, publicly-accountable system must include as its cornerstones, diversity, equity and inclusion in order to meet the needs of children, families and the early learning workforce. Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (BIPOC), the Disability community and their representatives must be prioritized in the processes and outcomes of a renewed system. Parents too must have a voice.
We share the commitment of the Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care (OCBCC) and The Association for Early Childhood Educators Ontario (AECEO) and other organizations, to work towards creating a universal system of public and not-for-profit services that are inclusive, developmental, accessible and affordable for all children and families, with decent working conditions, fair compensation, and professional recognition for those working in the sector.
We must build on the strengths of the early learning and child care sector across Ontario, and work through collaboration and collective intelligence to focus our efforts, share expertise and resources to achieve our collective goals – and the vision for ELCC contained in the 2021 Federal budget.
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