Stable child care can protect kids in the face of major life stressors — so should subsidy policies.
Cutting the cost of childcare for families won’t help them if there are no places available at local childcare centres or people to staff them.
Among provinces, Ontario is the least generous supporter of its childhood educator workforce. Parents pay the price in available child-care spaces if a staffing recruitment crisis does not improve.
Planning outdoor early learning and child care has implications for training and recruiting educators as well as for planning, developing and funding physical spaces.
Restructuring children’s outdoor play in child care centres into shorter, more frequent bouts helps maximize children’s physical activity.
As provinces and territories beyond Québec develop early learning and care plans, they should be aware of the pitfalls of taking shortcuts in response to parent demand.