Child Care Coalition of Manitoba

working for a fully accessible, publicly-funded, non-profit system of comprehensive and high quality child care


Upcoming events

There are no upcoming events currently scheduled.
View full calendar
PDF Print E-mail
The Coalition built on our social and economic impact studies of childcare, by working with community partners,  providing educationals and sharing our learning at a conference. We focused on the many ways a universal childcare system can promote local economic development while simultaneously enhancing women's economic security and reducing work-family conflict, particularly for rural and northern communities.  Our 2007 -2009 project was funded by Status of Women Canada Women's Program.
Project Honoured at United Nations Showcase in New York
The CCCM's "Promoting Economic Security and Work-Family Balance for Rural and Northern Women in Manitoba" project was awarded a "Best Practice" by Canada's SWC, and showcased at the March 2012 session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women at UN headquarters in New York. While we are honoured by the award, the irony is sharp: the Harper government has eroded progress on childcare in Canada and erased the equality and advocacy mandate that made our project possible. See the "Open Letter to Stephen Harper."

We undertook five community projects with rural and northern women's community groups. These community projects are now complete, and the final reports are now available. You can read about each project in-depth by visiting its own page


We offered a series of educational workshops for communities interested in learning more about the social and economic impacts of childcare, held around Manitoba over 2008 and 2009. We are still available to offer educational sessions: if you would like to arrange an educational in your community, please contact us.

Dauphin: On March 28, 2008 we hosted an educational and luncheon workshop with business leaders and community members.

Winnipeg: In April, 2008 we hosted the Australian expert Dr. Deborah Brennan at the Manitoba Legislature to speak on ABC Learning, the multinational corporate childcare provider.

Thompson: On November 12, 2008  Susan Prentice spoke to the Thompson Chamber of Commerce, on the surprising value of childcare to Thompson's economy. Read the local coverage, "Child Care Crisis in Thompson" from the November 19th edition of the Thompson Citizen. An earlier talk in June 2008 garnered CBC radio coverage - listen to the radio interview [MP3 Audio - 3.95 MB]

Portage la Prairie: On June 10 2008, the Coalition held an educational session on childcare's economic impact, and its contribution to women's economic security and work-family reconciliation. Based on the educational luncheon, the local radio station ran some coverage.  Three short radio reports are available for listening: Radio report 1, Radio report 2, Radio report 3

Morden:  On October 10, 2008 working with local partners, we hosted an educational on the "$urprising returns" of childcare, which has the capacity to enhance women's economic security, reduce work-family conflict, and support local economic development. The Morden Times, covered the event in an article titled "Childcare impacts region's growth" (Oct 17, 2008, p. 7).

Portage la Prairie Think Tank: Over January 22-23, 2009 we hosted an exciting think tank in Portage, with guest speakers Charlie Coffey of Toronto, Carol-Ann Young of Vancouver, and a range of local leaders. Visit the Think-Tank page for presentations, reports, and photos. The final report of the think-tank is also available for download.

Steinbach: May 14, 2009 we presented our research findings to SouthEastman to a wide audience. Happy Feet Early Learning Centre Executive Director Mary Anne Beavis organized the session. Listen to the local radio coverage.

National Community Economic Development Conference: At the national CED conference held in Winnipeg June 2009, the Coalition organized a great session: "Missing Links: Childcare as Economic and Community Development." Presenters were Ilse Ketelson, Councillor for Rossburn; Charlene LaFreniere, Councillor for Thompson and Coordinator of the Thompson Urban Aboriginal Strategy; and Liz Sousa, from North Central Community Futures, as well as the Coalition. You can download the conference presentations of Ilse Ketelsen and the CCCM. Our CED approach got an enthusiastic review in the Community Futures newsletter - in an article titled "Childcare's Economic Impact: Quality Childcare has Multiple Benefits for a Community" (Summer 2009).

Last Updated on Monday, 25 May 2015 11:22