Ontario is making full-day licensed child care free for preschool children from the age of two-and-a-half until they are eligible to start kindergarten, beginning in 2020. Free preschool child care will save families an estimated $17,000 per child, allow parents to go back to work when they choose and help give children the best start in life.
Kathryn McGarry MPP for Cambridge was at Peekaboo Childcare on Sheldon Drive in Cambridge to talk about how Ontario’s new investment of $2.2 billion over three years will expand access to affordable child care for families in Cambridge and across the province, ease the financial burden families are facing in our changing economy, and deliver free licensed child care for children from the age of two-and-a-half until kindergarten, beginning in 2020.
Early learning has been demonstrated to improve a child’s academic performance throughout their lives. Improved access to child care gives parents, especially women, more choice about when they return to work and will help Ontario close the gender wage gap. This historic change to the way child care is delivered in the province follows advice economist Dr. Gordon Cleveland put forward in his report Affordable For All: Making Licensed Child Care Affordable in Ontario, and is informed by an extensive in-person and online consultation process with thousands of parents, educators and child care professionals across Ontario.
Making full-day child care free for families with preschool-aged children is part of the government’s plan to support care, create opportunity and make life more affordable during this period of rapid economic change.
“Making early years care more affordable, and giving parents, particularly women, that choice to go back to work when they feel ready is a key part of achieving gender equality and closing the gender wage gap, which benefits our economy.”
–– Kathryn McGarry, MPP Cambridge
“Free child care for preschool aged children is an incredible support for Ontario children and families. This historic commitment will save Ontario families thousands of dollars annually and give parents peace of mind. Ontario is committed to creating a high quality child care system that is accessible and affordable for all families. This major investment will build on the progress we’ve made with a made-in-Ontario solution that supports children and families. It's a historic investment that will benefit Ontario kids for generations.”
— Indira Naidoo-Harris, Minister of Education and Minister Responsible for Early Years and Child Care
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