Campaign 47 Early Learning and Child Care

Investing in quality child care and early learning opportunities makes sense for building healthy communities

The link between investing in high-quality early learning and child care and building healthy, successful communities is clear. High-quality child care isn’t just taking care of children’s physical needs and it is not babysitting. It is supporting children to achieve their optimal development and learning and starting them on a solid path of social, physical and intellectual development.

Quality child care is an important early-learning opportunity in today’s society. The first six years count the most in terms of a child developing the skills that build the foundation for success throughout life. Moreover, quality child care is extremely effective in supporting families in their parenting role. Societies that understand how important high-quality child care and early learning opportunities are, societies that invest in their children to guarantee vibrant communities — these are the societies that succeed. These are the societies that understand the value of investing in social infrastructure. It is not a drain on government funding. The return on investment not only yields social benefits, it yields direct economic benefits as well.

Investing in high quality early learning and child care makes sense

Regulated quality child care provides consistency and builds security and continuity for the child, and ensures the parents can rely on a safe, dependable service that enables them to consistently be at work and be productive. Informal, unregulated care is often of poor quality and achieves none of those things.

We feel strongly that high quality, effective early learning and childcare programs nurture children that go on to contribute meaningfully to society. This level of service requires stakeholders to take a coordinated, multi-faceted, integrated public policy approach. It also requires an infusion of funds — more than are currently spent. While we acknowledge the work governments have already done in terms of early learning and childcare, we urge the government to do more. This level of service requires stakeholders to take a coordinated, multi-faceted, integrated public policy approach. It also requires an infusion of funds — more than are currently spent. While OMSSA acknowledges the work governments have already done in terms of early learning and childcare, we urge the government to do more.

Working towards a healthy, vibrant society – a source of pride for all Canadians

Canadians pride themselves on living in a country with a high standard of living; and on being a caring, community-minded people. They are shocked when they hear how many children go to school hungry, how many people are stuck in the cycle of poverty, how many people struggle to make ends meet, how many children are cared for in arrangements that do not promote optimal development. It’s a lack of adequate social infrastructure.

Social infrastructure, or the system of social services, networks and facilities that support people and healthy communities, is essential to ensuring every person the opportunity to contribute to a progressive society in a meaningful way. It means assuring necessities like shelter, education, adequate income, safety, recreation and leisure, and cultural expression. It is built upon the values of equity, access, integration, inclusion and diversity. Building a community in which individuals can contribute to their full potential is working towards a society that is thriving — economically, socially, culturally and politically.

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