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CRRU's main focus is early childhood education and care policy research. However, as a national ECEC organization, we often receive calls and emails from parents with questions about accessing child care and managing their child care arrangements. In an effort to assist, we have developed this resource to provide answers to some of the most frequently asked questions regarding ECEC that we receive from Canadian parents.
We have created a website that provides information for parents looking for quality child care that's affordable and meets the needs of their families. Findingqualitychildcare.ca will help parents find out why it's hard to find good child care, about child care options in each province and territory, general information about child care in Canada, what the best evidence says about quality, and how to improve your chances of accessing high-quality child care.
The Parent Quality Information project is intended to provide resources for Canadian parents in understanding and accessing high-quality child care to meet their, and their children's needs. This website and video were developed by the Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU) and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW).
Most provincial/territorial governments provide lists or online search tools of licensed child care centres and family child care homes. See provincial/territorial profiles on findingqualitychildcare.ca
Availability of fee subsidy and criteria for receiving subsidy are different in each province. In some areas there are waiting lists to receive fee subsidies. In all cases, parents should apply for subsidies well in advance to receive financial support.
To better understand how subsidies work see CRRU's working paper Child Care Fee Subsidies in Canada by Jane Beach and Martha Friendly.
If you have a serious concern about a situation in your child's centre or family child care, such as a possible licensing infraction, contact information for the appropriate licensing office has been provided in each provincial section.
If you have a question about your child's care or disagree with a policy at your centre you should first try talking with the caregiver/staff and explain your concerns. In many cases issues can be resolved with open communication and understanding.
If talking doesn't solve the problem, then use the links for each provincial section to find out the appropriate provincial authority to go to for help.
The main national advocacy group for better child care is the Child Care Advocacy Association of Canada. Many provinces have child care coalitions or advocacy groups; these have been listed in the appropriate provincial section. In some provinces the only formal group is a child care professional association, a body made up of early childhood educators working in the field. In provinces without a formal child care advocacy group, these associations have been listed as a starting point for getting in touch with people in the child care movement.