In preparation for the Aboriginal Skills and Employment Training Strategy (ASETS) successor strategy and the First Nations and Inuit Child Care Initiative (FNICCI) post-2015, the Inuit Early Childhood Development Working Group (IECDWG) and ITK undertook a research project to assess the impact of the First Nations and Inuit Child Care Initiative (FNICCI) across Inuit Nunangat.
The research and report is now complete. The results of the research found that overall FNICCI has been vital to child care programs across Inuit Nunangat and has positively contributed to families, communities and Regional economies. The key message is that renewal of the FNICCI funding agreements is imperative for the continuation of licensed child care programs for Inuit communities in Canada.
Further, a number of specific recommendations were identified in the report including the need for increased funding in order to address the following areas:
- Pay parity between early childhood educators and teachers,
- Ongoing training and professional development,
- Infrastructure support for new buildings and renovations,
- Increasing demand for child care spaces in each Region,
- Strengthening of Inuit early childhood development programs rooted in Inuit culture, language, worldview and knowledge.