Provincial and Territorial Overview of Early Learning and Child Care Agreements 2021-2026
So far, eight provinces and one territory have signed federal-provincial Early Learning and Child Care Agreements. Notably absent are Ontario, New Brunswick, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut.
People for Education is an independent, non-partisan organization staunchly supportive of public education. This organization works to create evidence, instigate dialogue and build links to enable people to make connections between public education and a fair and prosperous society. Demonstrating their commitment to this mandate, they have prepared a chart showing the essential ingredients of each of the signed federal-provincial-territorial ELCC agreements. People for Education has granted us permission to reproduce this chart here.
It shows that:
- All of them are committed to getting to an average fee of $10/day by 2026
- Most will be introducing a 50% fee reduction by 2022
- All have committed to introducing wage grids for early childhood educators
- Most are in support of providing ongoing professional development and study opportunities
- NS, PE, NL and YT have agreed to increase qualified staff by 15%
- Four have agreed to work in collaboration with Indigenous organizations
- All have agreed to improve access to vulnerable children from diverse populations
- BC, NS, PE and YT have agreed to regular data collection
Interesting that the chart makes no mention of the commitment to expansion only in the non-profit or public sectors. So far, they’ve all agreed to limit expansion to the non-profit or public sectors.
STAY TUNED for Ontario, New Brunswick, Northwest Territories and Nunavut!