Andrew Fleck Children's Services Supports a Canada-wide Early Learning and Child Care System that is
National in scope to replace the current fragmented model.
Publicly funded from general revenues with low, affordable user fees – a fundamental shift from the current user fee and welfare system.
Committed to the QUAD principles of Quality, Universally Inclusive, Accessibility and Developmental
Quality means regulated; that there are basic standards for health and safety, staff training and ratios and other elements that are important for healthy child development.
Universally inclusive means the system will be open, without discrimination to all children, including children with special needs.
Accessibility means the system is affordable for and available to parents including very low income families.
Developmental means programs will promote the achievement of cognitive, physical, emotional and social development goals for children, reflect the family and community context and incorporate meaningful partnerships with parents to promote child development.
Delivered by the public and/or not-for-profit sector – As research has shown, public and not-for-profit delivery promotes accountable and stable community-based services, mitigates the risks of trade challenges, and allows limited public resources to maximize quality and developmental programming.
Supportive of the child care work force through adequate compensation, improved working conditions and accessible training programs.
Respectful of parental choice and children’s need for a continuum of early learning and child care options.
Community-based and reflective of the unique needs of each community.
Andrew Fleck Children's Services believes that
Parents are the primary caregivers in the care of their children.
Every child, as opposed to targeted groups of children, benefits from and deserves access to high quality, inclusive regulated early learning and child care.
Families need information about and access to a continuum of child care and support services that meet their changing needs and circumstances.
All parents benefit from information and support to help them raise healthy, well-adjusted and resilient human beings.
Minimum standards should apply to all home child care providers who care for children for compensation.
Funding rates should reflect actual resource requirements (costs of service) so that service providers do not resort to lowering their costs by refusing services to infants, children with special needs, or children with English or French as a Second Language, etc.
Andrew Fleck Children's Services would like to see:
Child Care included in the Federal budget and fixed at 1% of GDP annually (currently that would amount to $12 billion dollars)
All funding streams i.e. PEG, DOG, WEG, Pay Equity, Subsidies, etc. consolidated and block funding for all child care programs.
Additional new dollars directed to both creating new spaces and addressing inadequacies and unmet needs in the existing services.
Approved by the Board of Directors on January 26, 2005