International Youth Day: Equity starts with early childhood education

The Early Child Development Funders Working Group applauds the federal government’s $30 billion commitment in delivering high quality, accessible early learning and child care for all children across Canada. Benchmarking early childhood education programs is crucial for ensuring equitable services are offered to all children and fostering inclusion in our society. 

Read the Early Childhood Education Report for more background on early childhood inequalities across the country. Dr. Emis Akbari explains in this video that the 15 benchmarks identified are not aspirational goals, but the bare minimum requirements, and “yet no jurisdiction in Canada has reached 15.” 

Photo from: the Early Child Development Funders Working GroupOn the occasion of International Youth Day, August 12, McConnell reaffirms its commitment as publishedin this open letter in early May.