About Early Learning and Child Care

From: Employment and Social Development Canada

Early learning and child care needs across the country are vast and diverse. That is why high‑quality, affordable child care is more than a convenience—it’s a necessity. For too many families, the lack of affordable, high-quality child care means difficult choices. Some parents may have to sacrifice retirement savings to pay for child care, while others may leave their careers because child care is unavailable or unaffordable.

The Government of Canada is investing in early learning and child care to help Canadian children get the best start in life and have a fair chance to succeed. To better support Canadian communities and families, especially those most in need, Budget 2016 and Budget 2017 proposed federal investments totalling $7.5 billion over 11 years to support and create more high-quality, affordable child care across the country. This is an investment in the economic security of families.

Early Learning and Child Care Innovation Program

The Government of Canada promotes and invests in innovative projects that support early development and give children a good start in life.

The Early Learning and Child Care Innovation Program supports innovative practices in early learning and child care. It benefits children under 6 years of age and their families. This program builds on the Multilateral Early Learning and Child Care Framework. It also complements initiatives taken by provinces and territories under the Early Learning and Child Care Bilateral Agreements.

For more information, please consult the Early Learning and Child Care Innovation Program webpage.

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