The First Six
Research has shown we set up for a lifetime in the first six years of life. Our children deserve the right start in life, and getting it for them means ensuring the right supports for early learning and care are available.
Providing that care can come in many forms - supporting parents in the home, providing for quality out-of-home child care services, addressing cultural needs, or even coordinating efforts for supporting parents with young children.
EndPovertyEdmonton, through the Early Learning and Care Steering Committee, is attempting to imagine a fully integrated system that ensures supports and child care are available to all Edmontonians, in whatever configuration may be required.
11.4% of available child care spaces in Edmonton are provided at $25 per day. (Approximately $500 per month.) (Edmonton Social Planning Council)
What’s Happening Now
What’s Coming Up
Imagining the system that can support young children and ensure appropriate and quality care is available won’t make it so. Different aspects of early learning and care reside under provincial, federal and private portfolios, requiring the mechanisms to bring people together and transfer authority between each other. Determining what authorities and regulations will need to be addressed will require collaborative efforts, policy changes and reimagined systems.
ENDPOVERTYEDMONTON WORKS WITH A NUMBER OF COMMUNITY PARTNERS ON THESE GAMECHANGER ISSUES. CLICK HERE TO SEE THE PERSPECTIVE OF ONE OF OUR PARTNERS ON THIS TOPIC.