10/19/2012

Modernizing Child Care in Ontario: Sharing Conversations, Strengthening Partnerships, Working Together.

The Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) is pleased to comment on the provincial government’s discussion paper: “Modernizing Child Care in Ontario: Sharing Conversations, Strengthening Partnerships, Working Together.” AMO represents almost all of Ontario’s 444 municipalities. Given the crucial role played by municipalities as service system managers for the licensed child care sector, the Association and its members are well positioned to comment on the essential policy development considerations for child care modernization.

AMO supports the government’s vision to create a system of early learning and child care as a critical contributing factor in creating and sustaining a healthy and prosperous Ontario.

Modernizing child care is a significant undertaking and a welcome policy initiative. Done right, this initiative will lead to improved outcomes for children and families in Ontario’s communities. AMO appreciates the attention to this policy area given the significant impact that an effective, strong child care sector will have to improve the quality of life for Ontarians and the contributing role that the system plays in supporting local economies and labour market participation for municipal residents.

As such, AMO welcomes the opportunity to provide comment and further engage with the provincial government to provide policy advice to both inform and facilitate the successful “on the ground” implementation of the new policy directions. Licensed child care service delivery is an area of shared, co-investment by the Province and municipalities. With this in mind, this submission identifies a number of relevant policy development considerations for the provincial government. This submission, as well as those of AMO member municipalities who are tabling specific recommendations, is intended to help the Province and municipalities move forward together to modernize the child system for the benefit of Ontario’s economy and to strengthen our social fabric through an integration of early learning and child care systems.