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  • April 06, 2018

More Child Care, More Choice for Families in Burlington

Ontario Providing Free Preschool Child Care for Children Aged 2.5 to Kindergarten

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.

QUOTES

“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

QUICK FACTS

  • Ontario is making an overall new investment of $2.2 billion over three years in child care, which includes over $930 million in 2020-21 to make licensed preschool child care free for kids from the age of 2.5 until they are eligible for kindergarten, beginning in September 2020.
  • As part of the overall investment, Ontario is increasing operating funding across the child care system by an additional $162.5 million over three years to increase access to licensed child care, support fee reductions, and reduce or eliminate fee-subsidy waitlists.
  • This investment includes $90 million in 2018-19 to support continued expansion of child care for children ages 0 to 4 years, including $53 million to create approximately 4,200 fee subsidies and $26 million to establish base funding for home child care.
  • A two year, $30 million innovation fund will seek solutions to chronic issues in child care, including ways to extend child care hours to ease anxiety and stress for parents who work long hours, shifts or are in precarious work situations.

LEARN MORE

Creating More Child Care Spaces

Child Care in Ontario

EarlyON Child and Family Centres

Renewed Early Years and Child Care Policy Framework

 

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