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Ontario Premier Doug Ford visits a child-care centre in Brampton, Ont., on March 28, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Ontario needs to remove barriers to child-care subsidies for low-income families

For vulnerable and marginalized groups, access to early learning and child care remains uncertain. Inclusive access must become a top priority to achieve affordable care for all families.
When four- and five-year-old children are provided with a full day of schooling, space is freed in child-care centres that is instantly filled by younger children. (Allison Shelley/The Verbatim Agency for EDUimages)

Children’s early learning belongs in neighbourhood schools

Access to schooling for four-year-olds is inconsistent across Canada. Families need to know children are immersed in high-quality early learning, and they shouldn’t be exhausted searching for it.
Uber wealthy couples are rather traditional when it comes to who works and who doesn’t. EXTREME-PHOTOGRAPHER/E+ via Getty Images

Most super rich couples have breadwinning husbands and stay-at-home wives, contrasting sharply with everyone else

While most heterosexual couples are dual-earners, super rich couples continue to have gender-traditional arrangements in which the man is the sole breadwinner.
Policymakers need to better consider the needs of all children to ensure that children with disabilities are not left out. (Shutterstock)

Inclusive child care must support children with disabilities

As federal and provincial governments bring in measures to make child care more affordable, the voices and needs of children with disabilities must not be ignored.
Immigrant women working in the care sector do the essential work many Canadians rely on, but low wages mean many need to work past retirement age. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

Working more and making less: Canada needs to protect immigrant women care workers as they age

Immigrant care workers are having to work into retirement age to make ends meet. The Canadian government must do more to support them.
Investing in non-profit programs that provide culturally-relevant education is important to children and families.

‘Child care’ or education? Words matter in how we envision living well with children

Early childhood education isn’t about warehousing children so adults can go to work. There is an ethical imperative to support a paradigm shift in how our society values educating young children.

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