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The Canadian Coalition for the Rights of Children (CCRC) is a network of Canadian organizations and individuals who promote respect for the rights of children. View this email in your browser
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        Early Childhood: Equitable Access

Children's right to equitable access to services also applies in early childhood. Canada was specifically asked to do an equity analysis of support services in early childhood in the last review.  The government report for this review ignores that recommendation. The CCRC has prepared a Fact Sheet on Child Care that points to the need for a greater focus on equitable access in early childhood.  It also calls for action to make children's rights part of both policy and programming in early childhood. 

The Fact Sheet is based on helpful research reports for anyone interested in early childhood and children's rights. These reports are posted on the CCRC website as resources for use in the current review process.

This Fact Sheet is one in a series on important issues in the current review. These are designed for distribution and discussion to raise awareness in Canada. 

Be Part of the Review of Children's Rights 

March 1, the deadline for submitting alternative reports is just three months away.  The CCRC encourages you to start thinking about how you can use the review process to raise awareness of issues that matter for children with whom you work or live. 

Mark The DateWebinar on Review of Children's Rights, January 7, 8 am PST, 11 am EST. 
Staff from Child Rights Connect in Geneva will join the CCRC to explain the process.  There will be opportunity to ask questions. Watch for more details in next newsletter. 

The official government report is a whitewash instead of a thorough analysis of the situation of children in Canada. Hearing from civil society groups will be essential for the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child to prepare useful recommendations to make progress in Canada.  The CCRC is willing to help you prepare a report or find a way to include your issue in another report or the CCRC report.    

The timeline for the process is:
  • March 1, 2020:  Deadline for submitting alternative reports to the UN Committee
  • May, 2020:  The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child will host a pre-session to gather input for the review of Canada. More detailed information later. 
  • Summer, 2020:  A List of Issues for Canada to address will be public. These come from our submissions. 
  • October, 2020:  Deadline for Canada to submit its official response to the list of issues. (Last time Canada's response was late - the CCRC will track it and keep you informed)
  •  December, 2020:  Deadline for additional information from civil-society on list of issues..
  • January 11-29. 2021: Official hearing before UN Committee. More details later
  • Spring, 2021: Report with recommendations for government action 
  • 2021-Next Review:  Follow-up and monitoring progress 
HOW CAN YOU USE THIS PROCESS FOR CHANGE IN CANADA?  
  1.  Name the significant issues in your work with children that relate to children’s rights.
  2.  Consider what evidence you might have to contribute -  to describe the issue and/or suggest actions that would better respect children’s rights.
  3. Tune in to the webinar to find out how process works, check CCRC website for related resources, and contact us if you need more information through info@rightsofchildren.ca. 
  4. Plan to submit a short analysis of your issue or area of expertise, engage young people in your circle, and use your work for advocacy in Canada in parallel with the review process.
  5. Use the report back to Canada to support your own and collective advocacy until children’s rights are implemented in Canada.
 HOW WILL THE CCRC SUPPORT YOU?   We will provide:
  •  Updates on the process and resources to use in your own work
  •  Webinar on the process with Child Rights Connect, experts in Geneva
  •   Fact-sheets and analysis by others for your use on the CCRC website
  •   Contact Persons for assistance in using this process to advance your goals
  •   CCRC alternative report on systemic issues will  link the work of all groups on specific issues and address general issues that affect everyone. 
  • Follow-up to recommendations to Canada through advocacy and public information.

                   Review Project: Special Donations  

Can you consider a special donation to achieve the CCRC goal for the review process - real change for children in Canada? All donations will be used for public awareness and more participation in Canada.   

Plans include regional gatherings to focus on the situation of children in different provinces;  sharing information between different groups and different aspects of children's rights; commentary on the official process for groups who can't go to Geneva; and follow-up on the report to get action by governments.

You can donate safely through the website and receive a charitable receipt for tax purposes.   
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