McGuinty Government to strengthen Ontario's Child Care Network

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McGuinty Government to strengthen Ontario's Child Care Network

TORONTO, Jan. 7 - Minister of Children's Services Dr. Marie Bountrogianni today announced that the McGuinty government will strengthen child care and early learning by making $9.7 million in federal funds available to municipalities. "After years of neglect, it's time to repair the foundation of child care across Ontario," said Dr. Bountrogianni. "We know that if children experience high quality early learning and child care, they are better prepared to succeed in life." Dr. Bountrogianni made the announcement at the Parkdale Beach Child Care Centre, surrounded by children. "Our children represent the future of this province," said Dr. Bountrogianni. "We owe it to them, and to ourselves, to give them the best possible start." Dr. Bountrogianni said the funding announcement signals a new era of cooperation between the federal, provincial and municipal levels of government. "We all understand that as a society, our first responsibility is to our children," said Dr. Bountrogianni. The $9.7 million will be shared proportionately with regulated child care centres across the province. They will use these funds to make much-needed capital improvements and purchase new equipment. Disponible en français For more information visit www.children.gov.on.ca Backgrounder ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Federal, Provincial and Municipal Governments Working Together for Change Ontario's Youngest Children to Benefit On March 13, 2003, the Multilateral Framework on Early Learning and Child Care was released by federal, provincial, and territorial social services ministers. Over the next five years, $900 million in federal funds will flow to the provinces and territories for regulated early learning and child care programs for children under the age of six. The federal government also allocated an additional $35 million for aboriginal child care. The objective of this initiative is to promote early childhood development and support the participation of parents in employment or training by improving access to affordable, quality early learning and child care programs and services. Investing in Young Children Social Services Ministers agreed to invest federal funds in regulated early learning and child care programs for children under six, defined as programs that meet quality standards that are established and monitored by provincial/territorial governments. They agreed to invest in early learning and child care programs that provide direct care and early learning to children in a variety of settings including child care centres, family child care homes, preschools, and nursery schools. Federal funds could also be used to support capital and operating costs, fee subsidies, wage enhancements, professional development and support, and parent information and referral. The federal government began to flow funds in November 2003 through the Canada Health and Social Transfer. Although year one represents a small increase (1.3 per cent), the funds will increase and stabilize over the five-year period, with the majority of federal dollars allocated in the last three years. The Ministry of Children's Services Share of Federal Early Learning and Child Care Funds ------------------------------------------------------------------------- ($millions) 2003/04 2004/05 2005/06 2006/07 2007/08 TOTAL ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Total Federal Funding 25.0 75.0 150.0 300.0 350.0 900.0 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Ontario's Share 9.7 29.1 58.4 117.3 137.3 351.8 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- (Source: Federal Department of Finance, revised October 2003) Disponible en français For more information visit www.children.gov.on.ca Contact Info For further information: Andrew Weir, Minister's Office, (416) 212-7159; Anne Machowski-Smith, Ministry of Children's Services, (416) 325-5156 HELP | CONTACT US | PRIVACY | IMPORTANT NOTICES © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2008-2009 — Last Modified: February 15, 2009 For further information: Andrew Weir, Minister's Office, (416) 212-7159; Anne Machowski-Smith, Ministry of Children's Services, (416) 325-5156