Families in Canada will benefit from innovative early learning and child care practices
The early learning and child care sector operates in increasingly complex and demanding environments. Identifying innovative practices and solutions that better meet the needs of children and families is necessary to improve early learning and child care practices for the benefit of families in Canada.
Today, Families, Children and Social Development Minister Karina Gould was at Collège Boréal in Sudbury to announce funding for a total of 16 projects that aim to improve the quality, accessibility, affordability, inclusiveness and flexibility of early learning and child care programs and services across Canada.
The funding announced includes $506,339 to the Carrefour francophone de Sudbury for its research-action and model transfer project: preschool forest, which aims to offer children aged 5 and under in childcare centers an experience of ecology-based learning.
The 16 projects, funded through the Early Learning and Child Care Innovation Program, are receiving total federal funding of $27.4 million over three years and will be completed by March 31, 2025. The call for proposals focused on projects that provide leading practice in supporting the changing nature of early learning and child care, prioritizing projects that meet the needs of families struggling with the effects of pandemic.
Additional attention was given to projects promoting cultural diversity and inclusion and projects primarily targeting children and families with unique childcare needs. This includes Indigenous families, low-income families, families with children of varying abilities, newcomer families, single-parent families, Black and other racialized families, families from official language minority communities, families working non-standard hours and families in underserved communities. Projects that support the next generation of early learning and child care leaders, such as researchers, practitioners and service providers, were also considered.
The Government of Canada aims to support improved early learning and child care service delivery for all Canadian families and their children. These projects will help develop a better understanding of the changing nature of early learning and child care, including innovative tools, models and approaches that have the potential to be replicated, scaled and adapted in other communities and regions of Canada.
Later today, the Minister will participate in a roundtable with Discovery Early Learning and Childcare parents, who are seeing their child care costs reduced due to the pan-Canadian early learning and child care system. Now more than ever, increased access to high quality, affordable, flexible and inclusive child care is essential to building a system that meets the needs of children and makes life more affordable for Canadian families.