Island children and families will benefit from new investments that will make high-quality early learning and child care more affordable and accessible.
Federal, provincial, and territorial ministers signed an historic agreement in Ottawa today on a common framework to improve the lives of Canadian children and their families. The governments of Canada and Prince Edward Island led the development of the framework, which will be supported by $7.5 billion in federal funding over 11 years to create and support more high quality, affordable child care across the country.
“The agreement we signed today will have very significant benefits for our 0 to 4 year-olds and the strategic growth of our early childhood sector,” said Education, Early Learning and Culture Minister Doug Currie. “It will enable us to improve quality, expand access to more affordable and flexible child care, while providing more support for children more in need.”
A three-year bilateral agreement with the federal government will outline details on the funding Prince Edward Island will receive and how it will be allocated. The agreement will be finalized over the next few weeks.
“Together, we are optimistic that the new agreement will mean that more Island children can experience the enriching environment of high quality early learning and care,” Minister Currie said. “It will allow us to build on the excellence PEI has achieved to date, to improve quality, and to expand access for under-served populations and children who are more vulnerable.”
The priorities outlined in the framework are very similar to the five-year priorities outlined by the PEI Minister’s Early Years Advisory Committee, which includes representatives of government departments, early childhood associations, and parent and other groups.
The framework encourages accountability by requiring provinces and territories to set targets, identify indicators, collect data and report annually on their progress. Provinces and territories will also participate in a separate framework that the Government of Canada will develop with Indigenous partners based on unique cultural needs.