Child Care Can’t be Transformed Like This: Child Care Now Nova Scotia Calls on the Federal and Provincial Governments to Invest More

Yesterday, the federal government announced the Early Learning and Child Care Infrastructure Fund, with $625 million in capital investment in child care over four years. Prime Minister Trudeau explained that the funding is to “help early learning and child care providers renovate, retrofit, and build new not-for-profit and public child care facilities.” The federal government… Continue reading Child Care Can’t be Transformed Like This: Child Care Now Nova Scotia Calls on the Federal and Provincial Governments to Invest More

From Market to Public: The Todd Veinotte Show

Thankful we had the opportunity to chat with Todd Veinotte this morning on CityNews Halifax 95.7. We were able to expand on the importance and complexity of moving from a market model to building a publicly funded and managed system; and emphasize why government must develop a wage scale that acknowledges ECEs critical place at… Continue reading From Market to Public: The Todd Veinotte Show

Government of Nova Scotia fails to achieve target promised to Canada, leaves ECEs disappointed again

KJIPUKTUK/HALIFAX—When the federal and provincial governments signed the Canada-Nova Scotia Canada-wide Early Learning and Child Care Agreement in 2021, it outlined a number of objectives, targets, and benchmarks that both parties agreed were critical to achieving their vision of reducing parent fees, creating more high-quality spaces, recruiting and retaining qualified early childhood educators (ECEs), and… Continue reading Government of Nova Scotia fails to achieve target promised to Canada, leaves ECEs disappointed again

Wage grid doesn’t go far enough, entrenches pay inequity

Government released Nova Scotia’s Early Childhood Educator (ECE) compensation framework on October 11th with the promise that it “will help support licensed centers to offer more care, stabilize and grow the Early Childhood Education workforce and the child care sector,” and declared that “most of the 2,600 ECEs” would see a wage increase of an… Continue reading Wage grid doesn’t go far enough, entrenches pay inequity

Workforce in Crisis: Early Childhood Education in Nova Scotia 2022 Sector Snapshot

We continue to hear that child care spaces are closing, directors are unable to find educators, and that ECEs are leaving the field due to the inaction by the government on the workforce strategy and compensation framework. As a part of our The Time is Now campaign; we asked Early Childhood Educators (ECEs) and Directors… Continue reading Workforce in Crisis: Early Childhood Education in Nova Scotia 2022 Sector Snapshot

On Early Childhood Educator Appreciation Day we owe them action 

On June 8th, the government of Nova Scotia proclaimed June 9th, 2022, to be the inaugural “Early Childhood Educators Appreciation Day.” In this statement, government acknowledged that “our children deserve the best possible start in life to help them develop to their full potential,” and acknowledged that this happens through the “important service that Early… Continue reading On Early Childhood Educator Appreciation Day we owe them action 

Media Release: Nova Scotia child care system building must stay on track

May 10th, 2022 KJIPUKTUK/HALIFAX—Child care fees are on track to drop substantially across Canada but the rollout across provinces and territories will vary. The federal government promised a 50% fee reduction by the end of 2022 in its 2021 federal budget. According to a report released by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives this morning,… Continue reading Media Release: Nova Scotia child care system building must stay on track

Commercial child care operators object to Nova Scotia’s ELCC plan

Child care advocates welcomed Nova Scotia’s recently announced plan to transform how licensed child care services are funded and managed, but the province’s commercial providers say the proposed changes will make it more difficult for them to control their businesses including how much they charge parents and what they pay their staff.

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NIKKI JAMIESON: Nova Scotia’s transformational framework, grounded in research

The plan we are seeing in Nova Scotia right now is positioning us for a truly historic and revolutionary change in the way we manage, fund, deliver, and view child care in the province. In a recent announcement, we were informed that Nova Scotia is ahead of target and an immediate reduction on the average… Continue reading NIKKI JAMIESON: Nova Scotia’s transformational framework, grounded in research