AFFORDABLE FOR ALL: MAKING LICENSED CHILD CARE AFFORDABLE IN ONTARIO Final Report February 2018
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Here is the full final report “Affordable for All: Making Licensed Child Care Affordable in Ontario” as submitted to the Ontario Ministry of Education. This report is still being translated into French, so it is possible that page numbers will change in the final version released by the Ontario Government. Those who intend to reference this report in an academic publication should refer back here in a few weeks for the absolutely final version.
This study seeks to answer the question “What is the best way to improve the affordability of licensed child care for infants, toddlers and preschoolers in Ontario?” It seeks to provide a comprehensive analysis of alternative funding and policy options and to recommend steps forward that can dramatically improve child care affordability for families.
After much consideration of evidence and ideas, our main recommendation is that the Government of Ontario should implement free child care for preschool-aged children (30 months to kindergarten age) as an immediate priority. As physical and staffing capacity are ramped up over the next few years, increased affordability for other ages should be phased in.
Recently, Prof. Bob Brym invited me to join others in exploring the issue of equality in contemporary Canadian society. The occasion was the inaugural S.D. Clark Symposium on the future of Canadian society. My topic was to assess how good a job child care is doing in Canada in improving different types of equity – gender, child and family. I’ve attached my (rather lengthy) notes for the talk. You should look for the volume based on this Symposium to be published soon by Oxford University Press. It will contain chapters from each of the authors, including my own.