Policies

C-09

Early Childhood Development Programs

Moved by Liberal Party of Canada (Manitoba)

BE IT RESOLVED that the Liberal Party of Canada:

Work with the provinces to develop a National Childhood Educational Development Strategy that will ensure that all provinces have equal access to affordable high quality, and accessible childhood development programs.

Rationale:

In countries such as Finland, where every child born has the “right” to quality early childhood development space, the outcomes on international achievement tests, happiness surveys and measures of national productivity are among the highest in the world.

In 2005, the Liberal government represented by Ken Dryden negotiated a National Daycare Strategy which all the provinces endorsed. This was replaced by the incoming Conservative government with designer tax breaks and allowances that favoured upper middle class Canadians over single parent families and Canadian families in the lowest income brackets.

Daycare costs in this country range from $7.00 a day to $900 / month. The qualifications and quality of programs and accessibility of day care spaces continue to be a challenge to most Canadian parents.

Canadians should be able to move from province to province with assurance that their children will receive high quality early childhood development opportunities.

Research has proven that high quality early childhood programs greatly benefit the development of cognitive and social skills of our young children.