Universal access to publicly-funded, non-profit, high quality care for children from birth to 12 years.
A comprehensive system including full-day infant and pre-school care, part-time programs, lunch time and before- and after-school services, group care, home care and resource centres. The integration of children with special needs and children whose parents are shift workers is also key.
Diverse services that reflect the requirements of urban and rural residents and are sensitive to linguistic, cultural and regional variations across the country.
A flexible approach, linked to user needs, accountable to the community, and responsive to language and culture. Parental and employee participation is essential for quality child care services.
Better wages, salaries and benefits for child care workers. In-service training, full compensation while attending early childhood education programs, built-in relief-substitute provisions and workshops on quality care are essential support programs.
Integrated services through new, autonomous child resource departments or divisions at the federal, provincial, territorial and municipal levels of government. Jurisdiction should not rest with welfare-oriented departments or ministries.
Community-based group child care centres and/or municipally operated child care services should be the hub around which satellite child resource programs and home child care services can be integrated.