This is the 4th edition of the Early Childhood Education Report (ECER). Established in 2011, the report is released every three years to evaluate provincial/territorial early years services against a 15-point scale. Results are populated from detailed profiles of each province and territory. The ECER is organized around 5 categories with 21 benchmarks forming a common set of minimum criteria contributing to the delivery of quality programming. This report captures changes to early years services from March 2017 to March 2020, as such it is able to assess the impact of the Early Learning and Child Care Bilateral Agreements and serves as baselines for both the pre-pandemic status of ECEC in Canada and Federal Budget 2021.This year two new benchmarks have been added. To see changes in this edition see Methodology.
Explore the status of early childhood education provisions for each province and territory.
Results at a Glance
Explore our interactive map to see a snapshot of provincial/territorial early childhood education services.
The federal profile and those of each province and territory compile information to March 31, 2020 that examine the status of early childhood education and care provisions across five equality weighted categories of quality.
ECE Report 2020
View the trends across the country in early childhood education services
Early Childhood Education Benchmarks of Quality
The ECER is organized around 5 categories with 21 benchmarks forming a common set of minimum criteria contributing to the delivery of quality programming.
Canada's Children Need a Professional Early Childhood Education Workforce
Download the Workforce Report.
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