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Pass the gravy

July 18, 2011 by Martha Friendly

I heart gravy

I'm sure I'm not alone in that young children and low income single mothers don't immediately leap to mind when I hear "stop the gravy train". "Stop the gravy train" elicits images of highly-paid executives or well-pensioned fat-cat employees drawing high salaries and not putting in a decent day's work. But for most Canadians, three-year-olds in child care, single mothers struggling to pay the rent and feed the kids, and notoriously poorly-paid early childhood educators would hardly seem to be cruising along on any kind of gravy train, even in the caboose.

Sector futures: The childcare services sector

Author: 
European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions
Publication Date: 
1 Apr 2006
Entered Date: 
15 Jun 2011

Reforming Québec's early childhood care and education: The first five years

Jocelyne Tougas
Occasional paper 17 [EN & FR]
April 2002
89pp
$16

 

In 1997, the Québec government announced its new family policy. The government undertook a massive reorganization of the child care system and transformed it into the early childhood care and education component of the new family policy. The reform was indeed substantial and ambitious and was undertaken at a time when, as in other provinces, the government was trying to reduce its budgetary deficit to zero. As the reform enters its fifth year, the author reviews the first five years and examines the successes, challenges and lessons learned.

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