Petition to the House of Commons in Parliament assembled
There is scientific evidence showing that experiences during the first five years of life have a material impact on economic and social success, including educational and career attainment, health and overall well-being;
Early childhood education has shown beneficial in reducing education-related expenditures and promoting childhood wellbeing, improving mothers’ participation in the labour force, and reducing income inequality;
Affording child care is difficult for many families across Canada and high fees exclude most families from accessing child care across the country where child care reaches only 25 percent of children outside of Quebec;
The current services too often do not include the high quality early childhood education shown to benefit young childhood development; and
The analysis shows that for every dollar invested, the return ranges from roughly 1.5 to almost 3 dollars, with the benefit ratio for disadvantaged children being in the double digits.
We, the undersigned, residents and citizens of Canada, call upon the House of Commons in Parliament assembled to create and provide a national early childhood education and child care program.
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