Resolution 1989.04 National Strategy on Child Care

Whereas, The family is the most desirable environment for the nurturing of children and any substitute care should remain as close to that ideal as possible; and

Whereas, The bonding of the child with a consistent caregiver (usually the parent) is absolutely essential to the subsequent well-being of the child; and

Whereas, Society and governments must recognize their responsibility to subsidize child care for low income families including one parent families; and

Whereas, There is a need for child care strategies for special needs children such as physically or mentally disabled children, and socially disadvantaged children; therefore, be it

Resolved, That the national council of The Catholic Women’s League of Canada, in 69th annual national convention assembled, strongly recommend that the federal government give preference to family child care in a home environment over larger facilities when granting approval for child care spaces implement an education program to inform parents of the importance of bonding during the first three years of life for the subsequent well-being of their children use child care monies to expand and improve services to low income families rather than to provide benefits for higher income families give families who qualify for the Canadian Assistance Plan – child care subsidy, the option of receiving the subsidy for the parental care of their own children, through legislation which would provide equal benefits for those who choose to remain at home with their children increase significantly the funding for child care in response to special needs children; and be it further

Resolved, That the national council of The Catholic Women’s League of Canada, in 69th annual national convention assembled, ask provincial councils to bring this matter to their provincial and territorial governments.