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Voices for child care

Many social programs support families, but child care is the backbone of them all.

— National Council of Welfare, Preschool Children: Promises to Keep, 1999

Governments must not allow children and families to bear the brunt of austerity cuts that will only create bigger problems in the long run. Children and families must be kept high on the agenda.

— Maria Herczog, President of Eurochild, calling for a dedicated EU children’s budget, December 6, 2011

The single step that would do the most to reduce inequality has nothing to do with finance at all. It's an expansion of early childhood education.

— Nicholas D. Kristof, "Occupy the classroom", New York Times, October 19, 2011

Child care is our society's signal that we really value children. Without a strong commitment to child care, we undermine not only our children's future but our community's strength.

— Paul Dewar, MP, speaking at Glebe Parents' Day Care, April 21, 2011

Early childhood programmes are an important means of guaranteeing the rights of young children....Strong foundations for children are also strong foundations for building more equitable societies in which all may prosper.

— Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, World Conference on Early Childhood Care and Education, September 27, 2010

For decades we've realized that women are working, men are working and the second thing we've realized is that there's a great benefit to children from working and playing with others and learning with others. The notion somehow that child care is some form of alien abduction is just completely preposterous.

— Bob Rae, MP, in response to Minister Diane Finley's comment that Liberals want to "force parents to have other people raise their children", February 11, 2011

If you think your small children and your young families are a priority... you pay the amount of money necessary. It's a choice you make.

— Pauline Marois, Parti Quebecois leader, speaking in Toronto about her role in bringing in Quebec’s affordable child care system, October, 2008

I want to be clear that issues like equal pay, family leave, child care and others are not just women's issues, they are family issues and economic issues. Our progress in these areas is an important measure of whether we are truly fulfilling the promise of our democracy for all our people.

— Barack Obama, speech announcing the creation of the White House Council on Women and Girls, March 11, 2009

It is no coincidence that the first Education for All goal focuses on the youngest and most vulnerable children. Improving their well-being at the earliest age must be an integral and systematic component of education and poverty reduction policies. High-level political endorsement is essential to getting early childhood care and education on the agenda.

— Koichïro Matsuura, Director-General of UNESCO, October 2006

In strong and vibrant democracies, a generous social-welfare state is not a road to serfdom but rather to fairness, economic equality and international competitiveness.

— Jeffrey Sachs, Director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University, in "The social welfare state, beyond ideology", Scientific American, November 2006.

This year, we are going to triple the number of daycare centers, making the same amount of progress that we had made in the previous 30 years.

— Chilean President Michelle Bachelet, speaking at the opening of the Las Torres child care centre, May 18, 2006.

My goal, by the end of my administration, is... to offer all Chilean children an equal chance to develop during the first eight years of their lives, whatever their social origin, gender, place of birth or family situation.

— Chilean President Michelle Bachelet, at the announcement of a Technical Advisory Council to reform the government’s early childhood policies, March 30, 2006

Take a national child care program, in my view the biggest loss in the Liberal downfall. What if the losing parties, who all favour it, impose it? They have the votes to do so. But rather than let his government fall on the matter, what if Mr. Harper agreed to it, on condition that his own child care subsidy, or tax benefit, be enacted, too.

— Rick Salutin, “The body unpolitic”, Globe and Mail, January 27, 2006

I am convinced that when future generations look back they will recognize in our pan-Canadian approach to early learning, a project of nation-building in the same sense as universal medicare.

— Paul Martin, then-Prime Minister, speech to senior civil servants, Gatineau, Quebec, September 21, 2005

We have been clear from the very beginning that we need a national child care program that is worth its salt and that actually will deliver on the principles that so many people have worked on based on research from many jurisdictions in the world. We need a national child care program that will provide a quality product for which we can all be proud and one we will speak to in the same tone as we speak today as Canadians to our health care system and our education system.

— Tony Martin, then-NDP Child Care Critic (MP, Sault Ste Marie), House of Commons, Ottawa, June 14, 2005
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