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Voices for child care

Everybody now understands, I think...that early learning and child care fused together is the kind of objective which any civilized society strives for, and that it becomes an indispensable and vital dimension of a child's life, enhancing all of the family characteristics which shore up the child, but profoundly influencing in the most positive imaginable way the opportunities for the child.

— Stephen Lewis, closing address of the Child Care for A Change! conference, Winnipeg, November 14, 2004

First of all, this is not daycare, this is early learning and child care. We want to make sure that children are ready to excel as soon as they go to formal school, regardless of income. What Ken Dryden is doing is setting up that national program with the provinces. This doesn't mean we shouldn't be doing other things, but we are breaking new ground here. But should one have a broader view? Of course.

— Paul Martin, then-Prime Minister, when asked why he was investing in "day care", December 17, 2004

The time has come for a truly national system of early learning and child care, a system based on the four key principles that parents and child care experts say matter -- quality, universality, accessibility and development. The Government will put the foundations in place with its provincial and territorial partners, charting a national course that focuses on results, builds on best practices and reports on progress to Canadians.

— Speech from the Throne, to open the first session of the the thirty-eighth parliament of Canada, October 5, 2004

Readiness to learn is shaped at the earliest stages of childhood. That is why early childhood development is a national priority. That is why we will accelerate the implementation of the federal-provincial agreement on early learning and care.

— Paul Martin, then-Prime Minister, House of Commons, Feb. 3, 2004

[If] we're serious -- if we're really serious -- about making Canadians the healthiest people in the world, we have to be serious about investing in the early years education and child care.

— Roy Romanow, on the occasion of receiving The International Foundations Public Service Award, Ottawa, May 8, 2003

I'm very proud of the infrastructure, the human infrastructure that we have been building together in support of our children and families...that investment is as important, if not more important, than investing in streets and roads and the other kind of traditional infrastructure.

— Jane Stewart, then-Minister of Human Resources Development Canada , Speech at The Empire Club, Toronto, March 27, 2003

We cannot afford to waste the talent and experience of women in our country. We need to massively invest in child care.

— German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, quoted in Reuters, October 2, 2002

The need for deliberately provided early learning experiences and intellectual stimulation outside the home may no longer be limited to children from the most obviously disadvantaged households...numerous children of non-needy and relatively well-educated parents are spending much of their time in sub-optimal care arrangements that do not provide the fullest opportunities for early development.

— George Radwanski, Ontario Study of the Relevance of Education, and the Issue of Dropouts, 1987

Child care is a key step towards achieving the ultimate goal of increasing the quality of life of Canadians.

— John Godfrey, MP. , Submission to the TD Forum on Canada's Standard of Living, July 1, 2002

The issue of child-care has once again landed in the lap of the provincial government and, like a two-year-old covered in peanut butter, it can't be ignored.

— Chatham (Ontario) Daily News, Editorial, October 25, 2001

If States are to fulfill their obligations under the Convention on the Rights of the Child they will have to stop seeing early childhood care as an issue of concern to families alone, as an optional extra, a soft alternative. Investing in ECD should now be second nature for the human family, as natural and inevitable to our lives as the sun and the rain on a field of rice.

— UNICEF, "State of the world's children", 2002

I think there's a way of talking about rights that says we need some social investment and if we want to have strong families - want to have equality - if we want to have rights - then we have to stump up the public goods that make it possible for us to be equal and free at the same time.

— Michael Ignatieff, Interview on CBC, November 2000

A good family policy, providing childcare of good quality, is a necessary basis for a fair and modern society. It gives parents a possibility to combine work and family life, it allocates resources so that all children are guaranteed a good school, childcare and health care. And it gives all of us the freedom to have children and family life.

— Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, Closing remarks from the OECD Thematic Review of ECEC international conference, June 2001

...the positive relation between child care quality and virtually every facet of children's development that has been studied is one of the most consistent findings in developmental science.

— National Academy of Sciences, "From neurons to neighbourhoods", 2000

Access to childcare/daycare should become the right of every child by virtue of Canadian citizenship, and not restricted by either income class or whether both spouses are gainfully employed.

— Tom Courchene, "A State of Minds", 2001
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