A Culture of Health

Transform Ontario child care to a universal, affordable, quality childcare system

As their parents did a generation ago, today's Ontario families struggle to find accessible, affordable, quality childcare. The provincial government's commitment and substantial funding is welcome and the right first step for building a system of universal high quality childcare. Now what's needed is the follow-up: affordable, geared-to-income fees; a professional and properly paid child care workforce; public/non-profit service expansion; and options for families in all communities urban/rural/suburban. This is achievable and necessary. Access to quality childcare is fundamental for supporting women's equality, family functioning, poverty reduction, children's development, equity and fairness, and Ontario's social and economic prosperity. The childcare system envisioned fits into all the campaign categories identified on the Common Ground site.

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