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Early learning and child care bilateral agreement

Funding from the bilateral agreement will benefit Yukon children, parents, licensed child care owners and early childcare care educators.

Signed on February 7, 2018, the Early Learning and Child Care Bilateral Agreement provides Yukon with more than $7 million in funding over three years. The funding investments will support four main areas of early learning and child care.

Improving Affordability and Accessibility

Total Investment over 3 years: $4,317,112

  • $3,212,112 in funding to increase the Direct Operating Grant.
  • $450,000 in financial support will be made available to licensed child care programs to ensure regulatory requirements for health and safety continue to be met and for playground development.
  • $280,000 in one-time funding will be made available to licensed child care programs to purchase culturally and developmentally appropriate toys and equipment.
  • $30,000 in funding will be provided to conduct a feasibility study to review Yukon’s capacity to serve its French language communities’ child care needs and make recommendations to address any deficiencies in those capacities.
  • $75,000 in supplementary funding will increase financial support for a grant program to assist grandparents who are the primary care givers for their grandchildren with child care costs.
  • $210,000 in funding will be made available to Yukon First Nation’s Governments to review current child care needs within their communities and develop recommendations that can be used to guide future investments.
  • $60,000 in new funding will be made available to support the development of new licensed child care programs in underserved Yukon areas and rural communities.
  • For more details, see the full-length Yukon Action Plan.

      Improving Quality Through Training

      Total investment over 3 years: $650,000

      • $60,000 will be allocated to an annual two-day professional development-training event to provide an opportunity for early childhood educators across Yukon to share best practices and access training and professional development opportunities.
      • $100,000 will be allocated to support students enrolled in recognized early childhood education courses with the cost of their education.
      • $270,000 will be allocated to support education for early childhood educators in the communities through Yukon College.
      • $220,000 will be allocated to developing and implementing culturally appropriate programming for early childhood development and education from ages 0-5.
      • For more details, see the full-length Yukon Action Plan.

      Innovation

      Total investment over 3 years: $432,200

      • $222,200 will be used to create child care spaces for children whose parents are accessing addiction treatment programs. 
      • $210,000 of the funds will be available to support expanded training for early childhood educators and parents in the Handle with Care program, particularly in rural Yukon. Handle with Care is a simple interactive program to help ECEs and parents to promote the mental health of young children from birth to 6 years.
      • For more details, see the full-length Yukon Action Plan.

        Providing Inclusive Child Care Programs

        Total Investment over 3 years: $1,150,000

        • Funds will be made available to provide support children with special needs ($900,000) including children with specific behavioral problems in licensed day cares. ($210,000).
        • $40,000 will be used to provide training for early childhood educators and parents in the Ages and Stages measurement tool that helps in identifying developmental delays at early benchmarks in a child’s life.
        • For more details, see the full-length Yukon Action Plan.
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