January 30, 2017

The Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) welcomes the provincial consultation on the development of a renewed policy framework to guide the development of child care and early years policy in Ontario and future decision-making, including the expansion of 100,000 new child care spaces over the next five years. The consultation document “Building a Better Future: A Discussion for Transforming Early Years and Child Care in Ontario” provides a good platform for ongoing dialogue and the setting out of core strategic pillars.

Ontario’s children and families will benefit from a renewed Ontario Early Years and Child Care Policy Framework to support an integrated system of child care and early years programs focused on quality, affordability, access and parent choice, and flexibility; targeted towards the child care needs of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers as part of a broader continuum for children and families.