As news broke that child care centres in Fort McMurray are facing an uncertain future as they were forced to close down operations to ensure the health and safety of their staff and the children they serve, Public Interest Alberta’s Executive Director Bradley Lafortune issued the following statement:Read more
On Monday, April 19, the federal government announced a historic investment into child care, proposing to spend an additional $30 billion over the next 5 years, with the goal of establishing a nation-wide $10 per day child care system.
This is wonderful news and long overdue. Child care costs can be one the the largest household expenses - sometimes the same cost as mortgage or rent. Access to high-quality, accessible, and affordable child care is a proven method for lowering the rates at which children experience poverty and reducing barriers for women. This investment is a gamechanger for working families all over the country.
The Kenney government, however, has failed children and families by undercutting our public services, and the child care sector specifically. They continue to maintain the significant cuts they’ve made to the child care sector over the past two years. In addition to ending massively successful pilots like the $25-a-day child care program, the Kenney government has cut grants like the Benefit Contribution Grant and the Staff Attraction Incentive which help operators hire and retain highly-trained staff. The result is that the largely woman-dominated profession and the families who rely on child care are worse off than before.
The federal government’s commitment offers a once in a generation opportunity for us here in Alberta, but the work is far from done. All of us must organize to win a reversal to the cuts and the government's corporatist agenda. We need to stand together and demand the provincial government match the federal investment. We need to dream big and fight together for the ultimate goal of universally-accessible, fully publicly-funded and publicly-delivered child care for every working family in Alberta.
We need your help! Will you join us in the fight for $10-a-day child care?
We want to hear from you! Send us a video about what $10-a-day child care would mean for your family!
- Take a short (10 - 15 second) video on your cell phone filling in 1 - 2 sentences after "$10-a-day child care would mean...."
- Take it in landscape mode with good light in front of you
Our new Executive Director Brad Lafortune tried a couple of times to submit a video.
His first attempt had some issues:
❌ Too close
❌ Too long
❌ In portrait mode
❌ Too rambling and quiet
After extensive consultation with our communications officer, his second try was much more successful!
Here's what he did better:
✔ Great lighting (in front of him)
✔ Good framing of face and shoulders
✔ 1 - 2 sentences; directly to the point!
✔ In landscape mode
✔ Good speaking volume
Great job Brad!
Email Laura at [email protected] to submit your video!
Together, we can create a nation-wide $10-a-day child care system!
Child Care Now: Public Interest Alberta demands the UCP commit to matching funding following historic federal government budget announcement
EDMONTON - Yesterday, the federal government announced a historic investment into child care, proposing to spend an additional $30 billion over the next 5 years, with the goal of establishing a nation-wide $10 per day child care system. Today, Public Interest Alberta is demanding that the provincial government commit to the rollout of the federal program by upholding a 50-50 agreement to match half of the federal investment and ensure that every family in Alberta has access to high-quality, accessible, and affordable child care.Read more
EDMONTON - Public Interest Alberta has released the results of its biennial Child Care Operator Survey. The survey respondents highlighted the struggles the sector is experiencing during the COVID-19 pandemic, and shows how government cuts to sector funding is making a difficult situation even worse.Read more
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If even one kid living in poverty is too many, what is 164,000 children?
In Alberta, 1 in 6 children live below the poverty line. This is unconscionable in such a wealthy country and province -- ending child poverty is a moral obligation for all of us.
The research shows us without a doubt that allowing any child to live in poverty has ripple effects. When children grow up in poverty, it affects their mental health, educational attainment, employment, and housing throughout their lives, and they are more likely to remain in low-income status as adults.
Investing in ending child poverty now means better outcomes for everyone. Childhood poverty leads to less healthy adults with more serious health and social problems. This means greater stress on our health care and social support systems. Investing in prevention now means we avoid those downstream costs and we build healthier communities. These impacts benefit all of us, regardless of our economic status.
One key intervention in child poverty is affordable, accessible, and high-quality child care and early learning. Child care is one of the biggest household expenses, up to two-thirds of a low-income family’s monthly income. Access to high-quality, universally-accessible, and affordable child care is a proven method for lowering child poverty and is an especially profound intervention for single mothers, who are among the most affected by poverty. Studies show that children in places with universal access to child care have better physical health, developmental, and psychological conditions by age six.
We can’t leave children trapped in life-long cycles of poverty. We must act now, especially during the pandemic when even more people are struggling. We have a moral obligation to end child poverty in our province, and the result would be a more healthy and compassionate society for all of us.
Will you join the fight to end child poverty?
Public Interest Alberta submits recommendations to the review of the Child Care Licensing Act and Regulation
On July 15, 2020, Public Interest Alberta submitted the following backgrounder and recommendations to the provincial government as they undertake their review of the Child Care Licensing Act and Regulation. The recommendations were formulated in collaboration with the policy experts and sector workers who sit on our Child Care and Early Learning Task Force.Read more
Many areas of public services have been in the spotlight across Canada during the current COVID-19 crisis. For struggling parents, early childhood educators, and service providers in Alberta, the arrival of the COVID crisis has forcefully highlighted why a new way needs to be found to support tenuous child care services if Alberta is to thrive economically after the pandemic.
Child care is an essential service that was already in flux in Alberta with the expiration of the first phase of funds through the Early Learning and Child Care bilateral agreements the federal government signed with each province/territory three years ago. With cessation of ordinary economic activity, however, the COVID crisis has pushed many of Alberta’s child care services to the verge of collapse, with mass staff layoffs and parents paying fees to hold spaces at closed services. Yet the Alberta government has been reluctant to commit to shoring up the child care sector with effective fiscal and policy remedies, as some other provinces have done.Read more
EDMONTON - Alberta NDP Leader Rachel Notley has announced her party’s child care plan for the provincial election campaign. It pledges to cap costs for all existing child care spaces at a maximum of $25 per day, as well as add 13,000 new spaces, expanding on her government’s successful pilot project.Read more
The Alberta government's $25-a-day child care pilot program is important, not only for parents and their kids, but also for the workers in the field. The results are clear: the program is a success. We need universal child care so families are fully supported in the care and development of their children. Watch the video!Read more