Applications accepted until December 3

October 30, 2020              Gatineau, Quebec              Employment and Social Development Canada

The early learning and child care sector is evolving in increasingly complex and challenging environments. Identifying innovative practices and solutions that better meet the needs of children and families is necessary to improving early learning and child care practices for the benefit of Canadian families.

Today, the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, Ahmed Hussen, launched a call for proposals for innovative projects that aim to improve the quality of early learning and child care across Canada by fostering cutting-edge practices. Priority will be given to projects that address the needs of families through the next phase of recovery from the pandemic.

Additional consideration will be given to projects promoting cultural diversity and inclusion and to projects primarily targeting children and families with unique child care needs. This includes Indigenous families, lower-income families, families with children with varying abilities, newcomer families, single-parent families, Black and other racialized families, families from official language minority communities, families working non-standard hours and families in underserved communities. Projects that support the next generation of leaders, such as researchers, practitioners and service providers, will also be considered.

Canadian not-for-profit organizations, provincial and territorial entities, municipalities and Indigenous organizations are encouraged to submit a proposal by December 3, 2020, at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

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