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Sep 21, 2011

Election Results: Kathy Dunderdale of the Progressive Conservative Party has been elected as Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador. The Conservatives have won a majority government.

Nomination Deadline: Oct 1, 2011
Territorial Election: Oct 11, 2011

Currently, the premier of Newfoundland and Labrador is Kathy Dunderdale of the Progressive Conservative party.

Kindergarten is offered part-day to all five year olds, but is not compulsory, and is under the Department of Education. Child care centres are mostly for-profit and are under the Ministry of Child, Youth and Family Services.

Party platforms

Progressive Conservative Party
Leader: Kathy Dunderdale
Party Platform: 2011 Policy Blue Book
"Child Care Pilot Project...this initiative includes supports for home-based child care business providers offering regulated child care for children of a mixture of ages, with a maximum of six children per home; start-up grants for operators; and, annual infant stimulus grants for offering regulated infant care to children 24 months of age and younger, with a maximum of three children per home."
>>See page 7 of pdf

Liberal Party

Leader: Kevin Aylward
Party Platform: People's Platform
"...will establish a task force... to develop a strategic action plan for the implementation of full-day kindergarten."
>>see page 2 of pdf Education
"We will... increase the Early Childhood Education Supplement (ELCC) from a maximum of $6,660/year to $8,000/year; ... invest in recruiting and retaining early childhood educators; and creating new infant care spaces by providing a monthly supplement to licensed child care centres."
>>see page 2 of pdf A Strong Social Agenda

New Democratic Party
Leader: Lorraine Michael
Platform: "NDP plan for Newfoundland and Labrador"
"A universal, accessible childcare and early development program flows from justice, fairness and equality"
>> See page 7 of pdf Pledge 4: Giving children an early start

NGO positions and campaign materials

Candidates Against Poverty Leader Responses
The Religious Social Action Coalition of Newfoundland and Labrador, Oct 2011

Candidates Against Poverty Questionnaire
The Religious Social Action Coalition of Newfoundland and Labrador, Oct 2011

CUPE NL to host three election forums on child care in NL
CUPE Newfoundland Labrador Division, 22 Sep 2011

Provincial election 2011
Cupe Newfoundland Labrador Division, 20 Sep 2011

89% of NL parents support a public child care system
CUPE Newfoundland Labrador Division, 19 Sep 2011
>> Full poll results in pdf

Letter about the provincial election
CUPE Newfoundland Labrador Division, 20 Sep 2011

Election Bulletin 2011
Newfoundland and Labrador's Teacher Association

News articles

Addressing the ‘moral crisis' of poverty
The Telegram, 6 Oct 2011

Grits promise more for child care
CBC News, 26 Sep 2011

Child-care system divided, forum told; Publicly funded system would improve accessibility, fairness candidates hear
The Western Star, 26 Sep 2011

No longer talking babysitting, Michael says
The Telegram, 26 Sep 2011

Newfoundland election promises include moose safety, early education
The Globe and Mail, 25 Sep 2011

Save the children! No, like really.
The Independent, 20 Sep 2011

NDP: Raise oil taxes, boost social spending
CBC News, 20 Sep 2011

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