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The Ministry of Education's Building a Better Future

The Ministry of Education's Building a Better Future

January 8, 2017 | By Ron Spreeuwenberg
Recently, Ontario’s Ministry of Education released a discussion paper regarding the transformation of early years education and child care in Ontario. This document, entitled Building a Better Future, offers an overview of the province’s commitment to creating more child care spaces for children under the age of 4 over a five year period, modernizing child care and family centers, as well as improving access to before and after school care.

The Building a Better Future document is part of Ontario’s commitment to investing in the future of its children, and follows 2015’s Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014, which replaced the previous 70-year-old legislation. The following is a brief summary of the Building a Better Future discussion paper, which the Ministry invites Ontarians to comment on, offering their feedback and starting a conversation about early years care and education.

Investing in Our Future

The Ministry of Education recognizes that children are an important resource for our province, and require high-quality learning experiences starting at an early age. Early years education programs can support essential development of children up to age 4 in three major ways:

How Ontario is Currently Improving Child Care

The paper also outlines the initiatives that are currently underway to help meet the diverse child care needs of families across Ontario:

A Renewed Framework for Early Years and Child Care

Ontario is working with parents and families to develop a refreshed framework for early years and child care, based on four key pillars:

This document is by no means a strict guideline that dictates the future of early years education in Ontario. The Ministry of Education is calling all educators, parents and community members to respond to this paper and the set of questions it asks. To read the entire discussion paper from Ontario’s Ministry of Education, and to respond to its discussion questions, you can download it here.

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