Despite major investments by the Provincial Government in early childhood education since 1999, tens of thousands of families lack affordable child care. Only one in five children under the age of five is in licensed child care in Manitoba. In September, the Province launched a consultation asking citizens how early child care should be improved.
The Manitoba Child Care Association and Child Care Coalition of Manitoba are calling on the Province to make early learning and child care accessible for all families. They have composed an Open Letter to the Province (available here). They are looking for a wide range of groups to sign-on to their call that
Manitoba establish a Commission on Integrated Early Learning and Child Care for Manitoba, with the mandate and resources to develop and propose a multi-year plan for early learning and child care.
Contact Susan.Prentice@umanitoba.ca if you are interested in being a signatory to the letter.
To read more about this issue, please see our Fast Facts: Manitoba Needs a Public Childcare System or Download the PDF