The RisingOaks Early Learning Board of Directors has affirmed support for universally accessible, high quality, non-profit, regulated child care that is affordable for families and includes professional pay and decent work for educators.
As part of this mandate, we'll share information on advocacy campaigns that are working towards that goal.
Advocacy Associations and Campaigns
Association of Early Childhood Educators of Ontario (AECEO)
The AECEO is the professional association for ECEs and its primary purpose is to advocate for respect, recognition and appropriate wages and working conditions for all ECEs.
- Stop the Child Care Changes
- Proposed regulatory changes under the Child Care & Early Years Act will erode quality within the sector.
- Voices from emergency child care and next steps for advocacy
- Transforming Work in Ontario's Early Years and Child Care Sector
- Decent Work Charter
Child Care Now
Child Care Now is dedicated to advocating for a publicly funded, inclusive, quality, non-profit child care system. Our organization is non-profit, membership-based and regionally representative.
- Pandemic Response
- An Analysis of the Multilateral Early Learning and Child Care Framework and the Early Learning and Child Care Bilateral Agreements
- The report describes and analyzes each provincial and territorial Action Plan, and details initiatives proposed in the creation of spaces, affordability, working conditions of ECEs, auspice, and inclusion/equity/diversity.
Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care (OCBCC)
Ontario’s central advocacy group for a universal early childhood education and care system. We want: low fees or no fees for parents; decent work and pay for educators; and an expansion of public and non-profit services.
Formed in 1981, the OCBCC is a member organization comprising local child care centres, national and provincial groups and individuals from all across Ontario. Our members are educators, parents, grandparents, centre directors and trade unionists.
- A Long-Term Plan for Ontario Child Care in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic
- Fact Sheet - overview of proposed regulatory changes under CCEYA
RisingOaks' Government Relations
Submissions to Government
COVID-19 Supports for Child Care
In response to COVID-19, as part of our RisingOaks' response and recovery plan, we have reached out to the Ministry of Education and Provincial Government to address several issues including health and safety protocols and the need for stabilization funding for the sector.
From March 15 to June 30, 2020, 80% (parent fees) of RisingOaks' revenue is lost. Thanks to the Canadian Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS), our educators and staff remained fully employed. During the closure period, educators connected with children and families online as they provided learning activities, story time and special times for connecting (e.g., bedtime stories). In July, we re-opened for full-day and summer camp programs operating at 33% capacity. New health and safety protocols were put in place to minimize COVID-19 risks. By September, we were allowed to return to full capacity, yet many parents were not quite ready to have their children return.
In managing the financial risks of COVID-19 on the organization, the board of directors and management have been closely monitoring RisingOaks' financial position and have applied for available funding through all three levels of government. As we head into 2021, there remains many unknowns - the trajectory of the pandemic, whether future closures will be required and funding for 2021 COVID-19 supports.
We need a coordinated, well-funded recovery plan for child care to ensure the health and safety of children and staff and the long-term sustainability of child care centres.
What others say about COVID-19 recovery
- Article: The child care sector is a critical part of our pandemic response Child Care Recovery Plan proposed by provincial and national associations
- The Childcare Resource and Research Unit has developed a comprehensive information source on child care and COVID-19 in Canada. Here are some relevant links they have shared