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Manitoba Government News Release–The Manitoba government is establishing a new parent advisory committee that will guide public engagement and provide advice to the province on how to ensure child-care services meet the diverse needs of parents and families and protect Manitobans, Families Minister Heather Stefanson announced today.

“The most important decision-makers when it comes to child care are Manitoba parents, who know what their children and families need,” said Stefanson. “This new parent advisory committee will ensure they have a strong voice as we build a renewed child-care system that works better in protecting more Manitoba families and offering more choices in child care. We must find solutions that meet the needs of under-served communities while still ensuring affordability and sustainability for the future.”

Earlier this year, the province received a draft report from KPMG outlining the findings of its review of the funding model in child care. Connecting to this work, the parent advisory committee will have two primary responsibilities: to help lead public engagement with parents and caregivers on their priorities and needs for child care, and to provide feedback to the government on how to move forward with broader plans to renew Manitoba’s child-care sector. This work will help in developing an action plan on child care to be released in the spring of 2021, the minister noted.

The parent advisory committee will be chaired by Janice Morley-Lecomte, legislative assistant to the minister of families. It will include parents from across the province with children up to the age of 12, representing diverse families and their unique child-care needs, as well as other expert voices.