Yukon government extends public engagement for Child Care Act review

The initiative is part of the territory's ongoing effort to update the Child Care Act

Yukon government extends public engagement for Child Care Act review

The Government of Yukon has announced an extension to the public engagement period for the review of the Child Care Act, now allowing contributions until February 29.

This decision is part of the territory's ongoing effort to update the Child Care Act, legislation pivotal to providing the region's early learning and child care services. The extension will give Yukoners additional time to offer feedback on the proposed legislative changes.

According to the Yukon government, since the engagement period started on November 27, 2023, the initiative has received substantial input from diverse stakeholders. These include parents, early childhood educators, operators of family day homes and early learning and childcare centres, First Nations governments, and education partners. The feedback collected so far reflects the community's vested interest in shaping the future of childcare in Yukon.

The review focuses on enhancing the legislation to better embody the principles of quality, affordability, inclusivity, and accessibility within the childcare sector. Following the closure of the engagement period, a "What We Heard" document is slated for release, summarizing the community's input and the potential directions for the legislative amendments.

Yukon's licensed childcare services currently cater to children up to 12 years of age, extending to 16 years for those with diverse developmental needs. The government has encouraged public participation through a survey aimed at families and caregivers, providing discussion documents to facilitate more detailed feedback.

This legislative review builds upon insights gathered from previous engagements on early learning and childcare. The Child Care Act, which has been in force since July 1, 1990, is under scrutiny to ensure it aligns with contemporary needs and expectations regarding early learning environments and the subsequent impact on children's developmental outcomes.

Minister of Education Jeanie McLean has expressed the government's dedication to this review process, highlighting the importance of collaborative efforts with First Nations governments, childcare providers, and educators.

The Yukon government invites all interested parties to participate in the survey and provide feedback.

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