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CUPE has joined the Canadian Child Care Advocacy Association’s call for a federal policy and funding framework that includes accountability and an emphasis on regulated child care.

The “framework” would become the basis for a national child care program. And was looking like meetings between federal and provincial government officials were coming close to an agreement in time for this year’s federal budget.

Many observers are expecting the upcoming federal budget to include new money for child care. But the federal government has said it won’t put any new money into a national child care program if the provinces won’t agree on a framework for how that money gets spent.

But some provinces – including Ontario – balked at the notion that they should have to account for new money they’re given for child care, and that they be required to use those funds to improve and expand regulated child care.

CUPE is asking people to send email to Human Resources Minister Jane Stewart and their provincial premier to ask them to move forward with the plan even if all provinces don’t sign on. (See below)

“The national child care framework was first announced in 1988, but it keeps getting shelved,” said CUPE National President Judy Darcy. “It’s time to push ahead - with or without the approval of all the provinces.”