Ontario is making full-day licensed child care free for preschool children in Burlington and across the province from the age of two-and-a-half until they are eligible to start kindergarten, beginning in 2020.
Free preschool child care will save Burlington families an estimated $17,000 per child, allow parents to go back to work when they choose and help give children the best start in life.
Eleanor McMahon, MPP for Burlington, was at the YMCA Brant Child Care Centre today to talk about how Ontario’s new investment of $2.2 billion over three years will expand access to affordable child care for families in Burlington and across the province and ease the financial burden families are facing in our changing economy.
Early learning has been demonstrated to improve a child’s academic performance throughout their lives. Improved access to child care gives parents, especially women, more choice about when they return to work and will help Ontario close the gender wage gap.
This historic change to the way child care is delivered in the province follows advice economist Dr. Gordon Cleveland put forward in his report Affordable For All: Making Licensed Child Care Affordable in Ontario. Additionally, it follows an extensive in-person and online consultation process with thousands of parents, educators and child care professionals across Ontario.
Making full-day child care free for families with preschool-aged children is part of the government’s plan to support care, create opportunity and make life more affordable during this period of rapid economic change. The plan includes free prescription drugs for everyone under 25, and 65 or over, through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, a higher minimum wage and better working conditions and easier access to affordable child care.
“Today’s announcement is not only good social policy – it is good fiscal policy. By investing in children, and their future, we are investing in families. We are also giving parents greater options and opportunities to return to the workforce sooner. For women, the lost economic opportunity means $60 billion less in our economy, and for families, this means money that they can invest in their – and their children’s future.
This investment is going to make a significant difference in the lives of so many families and relieve anxiety about costs. Ontario is committed to the well-being and early years education of children. I want to recognize all of Burlington’s child care providers and thank them for providing high-quality care for our community’s most precious resource, our children.”
- Eleanor McMahon, MPP for Burlington
“The YMCA is proud to be part of a strong network of quality child care providers supporting families and children as they grow. Today’s announcement reflects a continued commitment to strengthen access and early learning for children in Ontario.”
- Jim Commerford, President & CEO, YMCA of Hamilton|Burlington|Brantford
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