Kids First Parents Association of Canada

Creating Positive Child Care Policy

January 2019 - policy paper - A Positive Vision for Child Care Policy across Canada

Kids First is a signatory to this landmark policy paper. Share it with policy makers and parents! Add your signature by emailing your name and brief description/position to info@kidsfirstcanada.org.

The paper calls for 'child care' to be defined as the care of a child, regardless of who does it or where.

IT PROVIDES 6 GUIDING PRINCIPLES FOR CHILD CARE POLICY:

CHOICE: Accommodation of diverse types of care, not a top-down, one-size-fits-all system.

FUNDING NEUTRALITY: Governments shouldn't favour one type of care over another parents may choose.

QUALITY: Care settings should be subject to simple, consistent, and easily understood and enforced standards.

DIVERSITY: Working together, we can allow for a diversity of child care options to flourish.

PARENT ACCOUNTABILITY: Funding parents instead of care providers restores power to families.

BEST INTERESTS OF THE CHILD: The best child care policy prioritizes children's well-being.
SIGNATORIES:
  • RICK AUGUST, Independent Public Policy Analyst, Regina, Saskatchewan

  • BRENDA BURNS, President, Child Care Providers Resource Network of Ottawa-Carleton

  • SARAH GODOY, Mother, BFA

  • AMORIZA GUNNINK, M.Ed

  • SAMUEL HAMMOND, Director of Poverty and Welfare Policy, Niskanen Center

  • HEIDI HIGGINS, Co-founder, Coalition of Independent Child Care Providers of Ontario

  • PAIGE MACPHERSON, Atlantic Director, Canadian Taxpayers Federation

  • LYDIA MILJAN, PhD, University of Windsor

  • ANDREA MROZEK, Cardus

  • REGNARD RAQUEDAN, Co-Founder of ParentUp, MBA, MS, A-CSMSM, CSP®, UXC

  • LIBBY SIMON, MSW

  • PETER SHAWN TAYLOR, Contributing Editor, Maclean's

  • HELEN WARD, Mother, President of Kids First Parents Association
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