Early Childhood Development

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Early Childhood Development

In September 2000, First Ministers 1 reached an important agreement on early childhood development to foster the well-being of Canada’s young children. Under this agreement, the Government of Canada is providing $500 million per year to help provincial and territorial governments improve and expand early childhood development programs and services.

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Early Learning and Child Care

In March 2003, federal/provincial/territorial governments 2 reached an important agreement on early learning and child care programs and services to foster the well-being of Canada ’s young children . Under this framework, the Government of Canada is providing $1.05 billion over 5 years to help provincial and territorial governments improve access to affordable, provincially and territorially regulated early learning and child care programs and services.

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  • 1 While the Government of Québec supports the general principles of the Early Childhood Development Agreement and the Multilateral Framework on Early Learning and Child Care, it did not participate in developing these initiatives because it intends to preserve its sole responsibility on social matters. However, Quebec receives its share of federal funding and the Government of Québec is making major investments toward programs and services for families and children. Return to reference 1
  • 2 While the Government of Québec supports the general principles of the Early Childhood Development Agreement and the Multilateral Framework on Early Learning and Child Care, it did not participate in developing these initiatives because it intends to preserve its sole responsibility on social matters. However, Quebec receives its share of federal funding and the Government of Québec is making major investments toward programs and services for families and children. Return to reference 2

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Date Modified:
2014-05-12