Early childhood education and care in Canada 2006

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Martha Friendly, Jane Beach, Carolyn Ferns, Michelle Turiano
31 May 2007
7th edition
ISBN 1-890651-34-0


The Childcare Resource and Research Unit has periodically assembled Canadian data to produce a national snapshot of early childhood care and education. The seventh edition of Early childhood education and care in Canada presents 2005 and 2006 data. These data - together with data compiled for earlier editions - 1992, 1995, 1998, 2001 and 2004 reveal trends in ECEC over a decade and a half.  Earlier versions of ECEC in Canada are also available for download.

Early Childhood Education and Care in Canada 2006 provides cross-Canada data and information on regulated child care and kindergarten by province/ territory, maternity and parental leave together with relevant demographic information. Provincial/territorial profiles on regulated child care include: varieties of ECEC services; number of spaces; standards and regulations; service monitoring and enforcement; funding; history; and recent developments. "The Big Picture" section presents cross-Canada table compilations of material topic-by-topic. "The Long View" presents longitudinal cross-Canada tables of information on child care since the early 1990s. "Looking Beyond Our Borders" is a new section added in this edition; it uses international data and information to put Canada's ECEC in international context. The report also includes a history of Canadian ECEC, an examination of the current state of ECEC, federal ECEC programs including federal transfer payments to provinces/territories, Aboriginal ECEC, further readings and key websites.

Companion document

Trends & Analysis 2007: Early childhood education and care in Canada 2006

Childcare Resource and Research Unit, December 2007, 12pp.

This publication presents a summary and analysis of the data and identifies key trends. Includes illustrative charts and graphs.

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