In this episode, Trevor McAlmont, Executive Director of the Macaulay Child Development Centre, shares the importance of providing affordable, universal child care to change the system in Ontario, and Canada.
While directly serving 7000 children and 6000 parents through the multi-service agency, Trevor also invests in areas to strengthen the outcomes for these clients. He sees a need for nonprofits to be able to pivot to address emergency needs, as they did in providing food to their families through COVID, thanks to the emergency relief funds granted through United Way.
Under Trevor’s leadership, the organization has also been setting the foundation for being able to measure impact – and identify areas for improvement to have better results for their families. We also talked about the importance of finding time for advocacy work, to ensure government and other decision makers could understand the implications on children and their families in making decisions. All of these investments are considered “overhead”, and require an organization to have flexible funding to be able to carry them out – an ongoing challenge for the sector. All of this and more in this episode. Have a listen.
Macaulay Child Development Centre: https://macaulaycentre.org
Canada Early Learning and Child Care Plan: https://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/news/2021/04/budget-2021-a-canada-wide-early-learning-and-child-care-plan.html