“There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.” – Nelson Mandela, Former President of South Africa

With the provincial election advanced polls now underway and election day on Tuesday, April 16, we encourage you to vote. Not only is it our civic responsibility, it’s a privilege to have this opportunity.

We have created some messaging around an important issue for our families: early learning and childcare. The points below might help you engage in conversations with community members and political candidates as they go door-knocking.

  • The quality of a child’s first five years will shape that child’s health and well-being as an adult.
    Fact: 70% of mental health problems begin in childhood or adolescence.
  • Children living in poverty are at higher risk for health problems, delays and behavioural issues.
    Fact: 1 in 7 Edmontonians live in poverty. More than 1 in 4 children in Alberta have developmental struggles as they enter kindergarten—higher than Canada’s norm.
  • Providing a safe and supportive environment for children in these early years is key to breaking the cycle of poverty in Alberta.
    Fact: Alberta now has child care spaces for only 1 in 4 children below school age.
  • Alberta’s future depends on investing in quality, affordable, accessible child care for all—especially those most vulnerable.
    Fact: The average price of centre-based care is over $1,000 per month in Canada and Edmonton.
  • Qualified staff with education and background in all aspects of child development are essential for quality child care. Early childhood professionals are able to support the whole needs of the child and family.
    Fact: Terra’s Child and Family Support Centre has been recognized for its leading practice. it was a research site for the development and implementation of Alberta’s Early Learning and Care Framework.
  • Alberta needs to invest in early learning and care workforce through increased qualification requirements and education educational opportunities.
    Fact: The well-being of children is shared among several government ministries. Other provinces have federal bilateral agreements to invest in qualifications and education for this profession.
Additional information

For more information, read Terra’s position and support for early learning and care.