Canadian Child Care Federation counsels governments to listen to Canadians - affordable quality child care is a top priority

    OTTAWA, Oct. 11 /CNW Telbec/ - Environics polling results released Monday
show that a lack of affordable child care is a serious issue for 77% of
Canadians, yet the Government of Canada continues to disregard this critical
issue that affects millions of Canadian families.
    Conservative Leader Stephen Harper's recent and modest election proposal
to adjust the $100-per-month Universal Child Care Benefit fails to solve the
Canadian population's increasing demand for affordable, high-quality early
learning and child care services. With 70% of parents in the workforce, both
women and men, there simply isn't enough quality child care available to
parents who need to keep working.
    "We are disappointed with their lack of leadership and not listening to
families who struggle in today's economy to find real child care spaces and
real choice so they can work and contribute to the economy," says Canadian
Child Care Federation President, Don Giesbrecht. "In this election, there are
distinct choices being offered from other platforms that provide a more
balanced approach by investing directly into child care programs along with
direct support through the UCCB family allowance. We need leadership to
provide a national framework that will ensure high-quality services and
financial accountability across the country."
    Affordable, accessible, high-quality programs help parents and their
families, but also allow children to thrive, by offering positive social and
emotional development environments. When children fail to thrive, so do the
societies they live in and child care should not be left to a buyer beware
philosophy. If Canada is to prosper and weather the current economic
challenges of today and in the future, it will need a high-quality, literate,
innovative and adaptable adult population that can succeed in the competitive
global economy. The time is now for governments to act to support parents and
    CCCF urges voters to demand better long term plans that create new child
care spaces across the country and train and recruit the qualified staff
needed to oversee them. A national child-care program was within our reach in
the last election. Canadians are clearly showing the issue is serious in their
minds in this election too and will need to vote in a government that will
make national child care a reality.

    Canada's largest early learning and child care organization, CCCF is a
federation of 20 provincial/territorial organizations from across the country,
representing 11,000 members - practitioners, academics, parents and policy
makers. CCCF is committed to excellence in early learning and child care
through best and promising practice, capacity building, and collaborations,
networks and partnerships. For more information, visit

For further information:

For further information: Don Giesbrecht, President of CCCF, (204)
889-9858, cell: (204) 223-9369

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