Royal College Calls for action to address Canada’s inadequate support for early childhood
OTTAWA, Nov. 12, 2014 /CNW/ – Canada’s support system for early childhood lags far behind other countries and action is urgently needed, said the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in a new position statement issued today.
To address this crisis, the Royal College and its partners have issued 15 recommendations to improve the health and wellness of Canada’s children, including calls for increased government funding and enhanced support for parents.
“Early childhood is the most important development phase and our current approach is inadequate,” says Dr. Andrew Padmos, Royal College CEO. “Canada can, and should, be a world leader in supporting its children.”
Currently, Canada’s system of childhood care and education lags behind other developed countries – tied for last out of 25 states according to key OECD indicators. Currently, Canada also spends below the OECD standard 1% of GDP on early childhood care and learning — with the majority of this spending occurring in Quebec.
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