Playing Fair: CICPO’s Recommendations to Government

In the wake of the critical child care shortage created by Ontario’s new Child Care Early Years Act, the Coalition of Independent Childcare Providers of Ontario is pleased to present “Playing Fair”. This document sets out recommendations to government to restore and improve Ontario’s failing child care sector, advancing a solution to increase self-sustaining, safe, legal and accessible childcare in Ontario. Visit our Resources Page to read through the document:

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Call to Action: Contact Patrick Brown

Providers it’s obvious by this latest round of child care announcements that the Liberals are still not listening. The funding they have announced looks rosy but it’s unsustainable, we’ll be right back here when the money runs out. The Liberals are trying desperately to win votes by spreading around money that Ontario doesn’t have. It’s time for us to take matters into our own hands again. This is a call to action. We’ve all heard the old adage “the enemy…

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Alert: Time to Stand Up & Be Heard

ALERT! “Changing provincial regulations so unlicensed home daycares are allowed to care for just THREE CHILDREN UNDER AGE 6, would be more incentive for them to become licensed” – February 25th, 2017 – Marnie Flaherty, CEO Today’s Family, HCCAO The HCCAO has the ear of the Ministry of Education and was a significant contributor to the creation of the CCEYA’s current regulations. After the devastating blow to childcare accessibility, they wish to go even further to force us into the…

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‘Why is the solution to affordable daycare in Canada so elusive?’

Excerpt from CBC’s Cross Country Checkup April 23 2017: “according to Canadian developmental psychologist Dr Gordon Newfeld – if we wanted to improve our children’s outcomes we’d send them to school late, not early. And essentially institutional daycare environments are a lot like school environments so attachment principles need to be paid attention to but above all parental choice and when we… fund one particular form of care we’re essentially distorting demand and telling parents that that’s what our country…

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Have your say at a Town Hall Meeting

The Ontario Government is committed to expanding licensed childcare for children 0-4 years of age by 100,000 spaces. This will double the existing number. In addition, the Federal and Provincial Governments are working on a national framework for early learning and child care. Public town hall meetings are being held in various communities across Ontario. All are welcome to join the meetings and have a say in this matter which affects us all. CICPO invites providers and their clients to…

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PARENT OPINIONS ON ONTARIO CHILDCARE: Let the Ontario Ministry of Education know what YOU want for your children!

The Ontario Ministry of Education is poised to spend $3.8B on 100,000 new childcare spaces in Ontario.  Their focus is on creating spaces in centre based care, with each space costing $38,000+.  This begs three questions: 1) Is this the most efficient and cost effective way to provide more regulated childcare spaces? 2) Is this the way Ontario’s families want their tax dollars to be spent? 3) Was proper consultation conducted to ensure that this is what the majority of…

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Preliminary Results: CICPO Survey on Home Childcare Losses

According to initial membership responses to the CICPO survey released September 14th which asked ICPs about the impact the new CCEYA has had on their businesses, 16% of respondents are planning to close their daycares and 6% have already shut their doors. If these results are indicative of independent care across Ontario we can extrapolate that a 6% closure rate can potentially equal the loss of approximately 21,000 self sustained, affordable and safe childcare spaces.  Adding another 16% of closures…

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Ministry Meeting Update

On September 23rd, the Minister of Education, Mitzie Hunter, made an announcement regarding child care in the province. Debra Keedwell from CCPRN and Becky Jarvis attended the announcement to represent ICPs. In this stage the government is developing the phase 3 regulations, although this is still in the very early stages. We listened to speeches made by the new MOE, Minister Mitzie Hunter and the new MOE assistant, Indira Naidoo-Harris, who will be solely in charge of overseeing the childcare sector. We…

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2016 Survey on Home Childcare Losses

SEPTEMBER IS HERE!!! Following a break over the summer months, CICPO is back to work. Our website has been revamped and we look forward to another year of advocating for and educating ICPs and the thousands of families who value what we do. We look forward to more work with the Ministry of Education and others as we secure our position in Ontario’s childcare industry. Please take a moment to fill in this short survey outlining the effect of the…

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