Statement: Before and After-School Programs

Before and after-school programs are essential parts of our childcare system for school- aged children.

Before and after-school programs are essential parts of our childcare system for school- aged children. Before and after-school care must be affordable – but it should also be accessible, high-quality and inclusive. To ensure access, quality and inclusion:

  • All expansion of before and after-school licensed childcare must be not-for-profit and public. Businesses close when a profit is not guaranteed.
  • The Department of Education is in the best position to operate before and after-school services, and should do so where there is demand.
  • Build seamlessness into the system. Prioritize school-based programs, and ensure that transportation is included in offsite programs.
  • Ensure that Operating Grant funding is sufficient to cover the cost of high-quality programs for school-aged children, including transportation and snacks. Sufficient government funding assures that existing programs are economically viable and high- quality.
  • Early Childhood Educators and other staff require a living wage, pensions, benefits and dignified working conditions. Better working conditions lead to higher-quality programs and lower staff turnover.

Public before and after-school programs in action

The City of St. John’s and Town of Paradise offer after-school programs that use municipal recreation facilities.

The government of Nova Scotia operates a Before and After Program in schools for children 4-12 years old.

In Quebec, school boards are required to operate before and after-school care where there is demand.

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