Indigenous Early Learning and Child Care

From Employment and Social Development Canada

The Government of Canada believes that all Canadian children deserve a real and fair chance to succeed, and that early learning and child care provides a solid foundation for future success.

For Indigenous families and children, access to culturally appropriate, high-quality, fully inclusive, flexible and affordable early learning and child care is critical.

The Government of Canada has committed to engage with Indigenous organizations and partners to develop an Indigenous Early Learning and Child Care Framework:

This distinct Framework is being developed on a separate and parallel track to the Federal-Provincial/Territorial Framework for Early Learning and Child Care to reflect the unique cultures and needs of First Nations, Inuit and Métis children across Canada.

Key principles guiding the development of this Framework are:

  • Co-development and partnership
  • Comprehensive and inclusive dialogue
  • Responsive to needs and focused on outcomes
  • Family-centered

Find information about the engagement process with Canadians on Indigenous Early Learning and Child Care to develop an Indigenous Early Learning and Child Care Framework.

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