If I could establish a National Daycare Program, this is what I would propose:
- Remove a level of government from the process – make daycare a federal issue. Thus reducing cost and finger pointing.
- Establish universal rules and regulations that apply to all provinces and all types of daycares – home / centers & for-profit / non-profit. Thus making it an even playing field for all.
- Make all rules and regulations reasonable. There is no logical reason I can think of to set a cap on the number of spots in a daycare if the staff and space is available. (In Saskatchewan, there is a cap of 90 spots per facility; you can have more than 1 facility in a building but they have to have separate space, staff, etc.)
- Establish criteria for all daycare workers that is fair and removes barriers.
- Commit to establishing, and funding, a certain number of new spots every year as demand requires. Thus making more spots available as the population increases.
- Commit to adequate public funding so that daycares can pay a living wage to all workers.
- Commit to adequate public funding so that quality, licensed daycare is affordable to all.
- Work with organizations who wish to establish daycares to “cut through the red tape.” Thus enabling new centers to open without a run around.