A series of federal, provincial and territorial agreements propose that jurisdictions monitor the progress of ECE provision through annual reports. The 2017 Early Learning and Child Care Agreement has the same provision. In 2017, eleven provinces/territories have publicly-posted reports. Monitoring is an integral part of democratic accountability. It is essential for informed decision-making, ensuring that societal resources are deployed productively, scarce resources distributed equitably and social goals reached. Monitoring on its own does not deliver results, although it is a crucial part of a larger system designed to achieve them.
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