Association of Early Childhood Educators Ontario (AECEO)

Advocates for Progressive Childcare Policy (APCP)

June 09, 2014 15:54 ET

CORRECTION FROM SOURCE: Who made the grade? Liberals, NDP earn mediocre C, PCs get F, flunk child care, early learning test

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - June 9, 2014) - At the beginning of the 2014 Ontario provincial election, early childhood education (ECE) and child care advocacy, professional, research and labour groups, parents and educators challenged political parties to "make the grade" by prioritizing child care and early learning in their campaign platforms. They outlined key areas the parties would be assessed on.

With election day - June 12 looming - a report card grading the three main political parties' (Liberals, New Democratic Party (NDP), Progressive Conservative (PC)) commitments to early childhood education and child care is now being released.

Research shows that quality child care and early learning benefit children, parents and the economy by returning $1.50 to government coffers for every $1 invested in programs. But Ontario's PC leader in this election equated investment in child care to incurring credit card debt and promised to make cuts to full day kindergarten and fire thousands of early childhood educators and child care staff. Hudak and the PCs get an F. They are the only one of the main three parties to fail.

"For a party that says it is all about jobs and the economy in this election, by refusing to have a meaningful policy or even discuss the merits of quality child care and early learning in the campaign, Hudak's PCs are just not credible to parents like me. They could learn a thing or two about the economic value of investments in early learning and child care, which are considerable," says Brooke Richardson a mother of three young children.

While recognition of severe underfunding for child care by committing an annualized $300 million to keep centres from closing and stop funding cuts to 18 municipalities, was a key report card marker, only the NDP made the grade with a tepid one-time funding allocation of $100 million.

However only the Liberals have committed to taking a leadership role with provinces/territories/federal leaders to put a national child care program back on the political agenda.

Kathleen Wynne's Liberals and Andrea Horwath's NDP get a C.

The child care and early learning report card is issued by Association of Early Childhood Educators Ontario (AECEO) • Advocates for Progressive Childcare Policy (APCP).

Contact Information

  • Brooke Richardson
    416-662-4480