Who We Are

We Believe…

  • Child care is a cornerstone of progressive policy for children and families.
  • Children and families have the right to access a child care system supported by public funds.
  • Canadians deserve a comprehensive and affordable child care system that is high quality, inclusive, and non-profit.
  • Families deserve a range of child care services for young and school age children.
  • Those working in child care must have decent work, wages and working conditions.

Who We Are

Child Care Now Nova Scotia is a provincial chapter of Canada’s national child care advocacy coalition, Child Care Now. We are dedicated to advocating for a publicly funded, inclusive, quality, non-profit child care system. Our organization is non-profit, cross-sectoral, membership-based and regionally representative.

Where We Began

Founded after the second national child care conference held in Winnipeg in 1982 where over 700 delegates from all provinces and territories called for an effective voice to pursue child care issues at the federal level and promote a broad consensus within all regions of Canada. Although incorporated under the name Child Care Advocacy Association of Canada (CCAAC) / L’Association canadienne pour la promotion des services de garde l’enfance, in 2017, we decided to carry on our work under a new name: Child Care Now in English and Un Enfant Une Place in French.

Today, Child Care Now continues to work with provincial and territorial child care organizations and a broad range of community groups including unions, anti-poverty organizations, employers, municipalities, and those advocating for human and women’s rights. In 2013, we worked with our allies to develop the Guiding Principles for Child Care Advocates drawing on our extensive experience building partnerships through the last 30 years.

Our Structure

We are supported by a broad membership base of individuals, families, child care programs, regional and pan-Canadian groups and organizations, and are overseen by a voluntary Steering Committee.