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About Canada: Childcare

About Canada: Childcare by Martha Friendly and Susan Prentice

Child care: Canada can’t work without it

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Gillian Doherty, Ruth Rose, Martha Friendly, Donna Lero, Sharon Hope Irwin
Occasional paper 5
1995
70pp
$10

This paper describes the purposes that can be served by child care services and illustrates how it can advance social and economic objectives of national importance.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Acknowledgements

Executive Summary

Chapter I - Introduction
Context
A definition of child care
The purposes that can be served by child care services
The importance of quality in child care services

Chapter II - Funding
Introduction
Federal Funding
Provincial and territorial funding
Municipal funding
The impact of the current funding mechanisms on the users of child care services

Chapter III - Accessibility
The availability of spaces
Hours of operation
Affordability
Child care for children with special needs
Child care for Aboriginal peoples
Child care and cultural diversity
Chapter summary

Chapter IV - Salaries, Benefits, And Working Conditions
Salaries
Benefits
Working conditions
Unique issues of family day care providers
Domestic workers

Chapter V - A Framework For Federal Government Action
The market model and the public good model
The implications of the market model
Model for providing child care services
Funding options
Criteria and standards
Legislation

Chapter VI - Recommendations
Who should have access to child care services?
Guiding principles
The requirements of a national child care system
Specific recommendations

Endnotes, References

Appendix A - Key Informants List
Appendix B - Recurring Grants, Canada, 1993
Appendix C - The Canada Assistance Plan
Appendix D - Net Annual Cost of Child Care by Income Level
Appendix E - An Evaluation of the Impact of Various Funding Options on Three Possible National Objectives
Appendix F - An Example of an Existing Comprehensive Child Care Service

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