On May 14, 2019, Child Care Now and a coalition of allies launched the Affordable Child Care for All Plan, a proposed federal strategy to achieve accessible, affordable, quality child care across Canada. The launch also featured the release of a new Oxfam report: Who cares? Why Canada needs a public child care system.
Morna Ballantyne, Executive Director of Child Care Now, joined early childhood educator Jessie Wu and Adrienne Vicente, a parent and child care advocate for a panel presentation to the crowd of Parliamentarians who attended the unveiling of the plan.
The Honourable Karina Gould, Conservative MP Karen Veccio, NDP MP Jenny Kwan, and MP Elizabeth May, leader of the federal Green Party, each spoke to acknowledge the need for government action with respect to making high quality early learning and child care programs available and affordable to parents.
Other advocates, researchers, civil society members and those from the labour movement took the opportunity to show support as #childcarechampions by taking photos and signing the petition to federal leaders asking them to commit to affordable, quality child care for all.