Québec, June 12, 2017 – To promote the development and educational success of young children in Quebec, educational childcare services will receive an extra $40 million in funding.
— Sébastien Proulx (@SebastienProulx) June 12, 2017
This was announced today by Sébastien Proulx, Minister of Education, Recreation and Sports, Minister of Families and Minister responsible for the Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine region, following the adoption of the 2017-2018 budget rules relating to subsidized educational childcare services.
A better-equipped network
In 2017-2018, subsidized educational childcare services will be backed by more resources to prepare children to be successful upon entering school:
- $9 million to increase amounts in the direct services subsidy scale to improve the quality of services (training of staff and purchasing of educational and recreational equipment);
- $4 million to support actions facilitating the transition of 4-year-old children to school (e.g.: activities to familiarize children with their future schools; activities to stimulate their interest, taste and curiosity for words, sentences and books, etc.);
- $2 million to assess and improve the quality of childcare services;
- $1 million to strengthen the quality of home childcare services. A call for projects to this end will be launched in home childcare coordinating offices (e.g.: development of educational material for childcare service providers, activities to spark interest in reading and writing);
- $2.3 million to index non-salary expenses in line with the cost of living;
- $10 million to increase preparation times for nutritious, complete meals.
An equal chance for all
To make educational childcare services more accessible for children with special needs:
- Change to the funding of childcare services for special clienteles so that they aren’t affected by the potentially lower attendance rate of these clienteles. The attendance rate calculation will exclude days that should be occupied by children whose parents are exempt from paying the basic contribution and by children with a disability. This adjustment to the 80% attendance rate optimization measure has been implemented to encourage childcare services to act in favour of these children;
- Almost $9 million to promote the integration of children with disabilities;
- Additional $3 million subsidy to improve interventions for children in precarious socio-economic situations.
The 2017-2018 budget rules go well beyond the parameters that govern the allocation of funding for childcare services; they reflect the government’s commitment to ensuring the overall development of young children, accompanying them in their transition to school and boosting their educational success. These improvements meet the expectations of the network, which is working hard to offer quality services to children and parents in Quebec.
– Sébastien Proulx, Minister of Education, Recreation and Sports, Minister of Families and Minister responsible for the Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine region