04/29/2010

On April 27, 2010 the provincial legislature passed the Full-Day Early Learning Statute Law Amendment Act, 2010.
The legislation included a number of amendments, such as clarifying the roles of teachers and early childhood educators in full-day early learning classrooms.
 
In addition to the passage of the Act, the government announced a number of changes in the provincial oversight of early learning and childcare. The government also committed funding to assist in the stabilization of childcare as implementation for full day early learning proceeds.

The announcement included the following:

  • The provision of stabilization funding for 0-4 year olds. The government is reinvesting $51 million at maturity into fee subsidy for 0 to 4 year olds. It is anticipated that savings realized from program changes will be moved into the full day early learning program for 4 and 5 year olds.
  • $12 million over five years to help non-profit child care centres make retrofits and renovations to serve younger children.
  • Transferring child care policy and program responsibilities to the Ministry of Education from the Ministry of Children and Youth Services to facilitate smoother transitions for children from the child care system to the education system.
  • Minister of Children and Youth Services Laurel Broten, assisted by Dr. Charles Pascal, will take the lead to bring about integrated services for parents of infants and young children so they can access them in a more co-ordinated, timely and efficient way.
The provision of stabilization funding is an important step as Ontario’s childcare system transitions. Many municipalities have raised concerns about the viability of the childcare system as 4 and 5 year olds move into full day early learning. Concerns about the cost of implementing the new program and the impacts on parents have also been raised. AMO is working with the government to mitigate potential negative impacts.

AMO will continue to work with the government to support this important initiative and to ensure that as Ontario’s child care system evolves into the new system of full day early learning, municipal concerns and recommendations are understood.