Most families in Ontario can’t access or afford quality, licensed care for their infants and toddlers. This means that parents, often women, can’t work or go to school. It also means that children, especially those from low-income households, miss opportunities for crucial cognitive, emotional, and social development.
Early childhood education and care leads to better learning outcomes, reduces poverty, and creates a strong foundation for lifelong learning. Public investments create considerable short- and long-term returns for students and families, and for society as a whole.
Support for early learning includes continued advocacy for Ontario’s full-day Kindergarten program, a groundbreaking initiative that has benefitted four- and five-year-olds socially, emotionally, and academically. It is imperative that Ontarians protect the program by continuing to support the successful teacher/early childhood educator team model, while helping to make classrooms safer and more productive by pushing for reduced class sizes.
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