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Families in Canada will benefit from innovative early learning and child care

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VANCOUVER, BC, July 11, 2022 /CNW/ – The early learning and child care sector operates in increasingly complex and demanding environments. Identifying innovative practices and solutions that better meet the needs of children and families will improve early learning and child care for the benefit of children and families in Canada.

Today, the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, Karine Gouldwas in Vancouver to announce funding for two projects under the Early Learning and Child Care Innovation Program.

The University of British Columbia receives a total of $1,294,439 federal funding over 24 months, starting in April 2022, for their project entitled PROmoting Early Childhood Outside (PRO-ECO). In partnership with 10 early learning and childcare sites in Greater Vancouverthe University of British Columbia will study the effectiveness of outdoor play intervention. This project aims to create a locally driven and sustainable method for improving outdoor play environments that will be adaptable to other early learning and child care centers across Canada.

The Mothers Matter Center receives a total of $2,374,455 federal funding over 24 months, starting in April 2022, for their project titled Safe-space for Early Learning Foundation (SELF). This project will focus on training staff and adapting programs to provide quality early learning services to vulnerable and isolated children living with their mothers in second-stage transitional shelters. Saskatchewan, Ontario, Newfoundland and Labradorand British Columbia. This project will ensure that vulnerable and isolated children receive the care they deserve so they can grow and learn in an environment that is healthy for them.

The government of Canada is committed to supporting improved early learning and child care service delivery for all families Canada and their children. These projects will help transform child care services into Canadato better support children and parents now, and for generations to come. adapted in other communities and regions across Canada.

Since 2015, the government of Canada made real improvements to make life more affordable from coast to coast, including making a historic investment of up to $27 billion over five years to build a Canadaacross the early learning and child care system in collaboration with provincial, territorial and Indigenous partners. This investment enables governments to work together to achieve average parental costs of $10-one day per March 2026 for licensed child care spaces, starting with a 50% fee reduction on average for licensed early learning and child care spaces by the end of 2022.

Quotation

“Innovative practices can help develop solutions that better meet the needs of children across Canada. These projects will strengthen high-quality child care and programs so that every child has the best possible start in life and a fair chance to succeed. »
– Minister of Family, Children and Social Development, Karine Gould

“We know how important outdoor play is for children. Some children don’t have as many opportunities to play outside as others, which makes daycare a very important place to bridge that gap. The PRO-ECO study supported by this funding is focusing on how we can support more outdoor play in early learning and childcare centers and develop clear recommendations for others to follow. centers. »
– dr. Mariana Brussoniassociate professor at the University of British Columbiaresearcher at BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute and director of the Human Early Learning Partnership

“We believe that access to quality early learning opportunities is a fundamental right of all Canadian children. This is not the reality for the many children living in emergency and second stage housing. Thanks to the generous support of Employment and Social Development Canada, the Mothers Matter Center and its four Social Purpose Organization (SPO) partners are pleased to participate in the innovative Safe-space for Early Learning Foundation (SELF) project will ensure that mothers in second-stage transitional housing have the skills and supports they need to prepare their children under six for school and life.”
Debbie BellPresident and CEO of the Mothers Matter Center

Fast facts

  • The Early Learning and Child Care Innovation Program supports the exploration, testing and development of innovative approaches to support children and families’ access to early learning programs and services. high-quality, affordable, flexible and inclusive early learning and child care across the country.
  • The call for proposals for these early learning and child care innovation projects spanned from October 20, 2020at January 7, 2021.
  • In recognition of of Quebec leadership role in early learning and child care, the Government of Canada working on an agreement with the province to ensure early learning and child care innovation funding is available for Quebecbased projects.
  • The 2016 and 2017 budgets provided for the funding of $7.5 billion over 11 years old for early learning and child care. Of this amount, $100 million is dedicated to the Early Learning and Child Care Innovation Agenda.
  • Investments in early learning and child care will benefit everyone Canada. Studies show that for every dollar invested in early childhood education, the wider economy receives between $1.50 and $2.80 in return.

Related links

Early Learning and Child Care Innovation Program
Multilateral Framework for Early Learning and Child Care
Towards $10-a-Day: Early Learning and Child Care

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SOURCE Employment and Social Development Canada

For further information: For media enquiries, please contact: Mohammad Hussain, Press Officer, Office of the Minister for Families, Children and Social Development, Karina Gould, [email protected]; Media Relations Office, Employment and Social Development Canada, 819-994-5559, [email protected]