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Neo-conservatism and child care services in Alberta: A case study

Jacqueline Hayden
Occasional paper 9

The development and delivery of child care services in Canada has never been without controversy. Although stakeholders from opposing spheres of influence have battled for divergent demands, the concept that some form of support for child care falls within the realm of state responsibilities has been acknowledged for many decades.

Theorizing political difference in Toronto’s postwar child care movement

Susan Prentice
Occasional paper 8

Theorizing political difference in Toronto's postwar child care movement examines the complicated history of child care service and advocacy in Toronto between 1942-1953. It reviews how and why the State reorganized and closed down child care centres, and in so doing, how public policy and practices stigmatized child care services. The paper seeks to explain how and why different women participated in this process of reorganization, arguing that instead of seeing such women as 'dupes' or 'sell-outs', they were constrained by their institutional positions and affiliations.

The great child care debate: The long-term effects of non-parental child care

Gillian Doherty
Occasional paper 7

This paper reviews studies that compare children with non-parental child care experience to children without this experience. Two major themes emerge from this review: first, the research does not support the view that participation in child care is harmful; and second, it is important that the child care experience is of high quality.



A sociological examination of the child care auspice debate

Bruce K. Friesen, edited by Gillian Doherty
Occasional paper 6

Originally a doctoral theses, this paper presents in an abridged form, Friesen's examination of the differences in quality between for-profit and non-profit child care centres the structural features that give rise to these differences.


Preface and Acknowledgements

Child care: Canada can’t work without it

Gillian Doherty, Ruth Rose, Martha Friendly, Donna Lero, Sharon Hope Irwin
Occasional paper 5

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.



Executive Summary

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

Rural child care in Ontario

Gillian Doherty
Occasional paper 4

This paper, originally prepared as a background paper for a conference on rural child care, describes Ontario's rural child care arrangements and makes proposals for future developments.

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Work-related child care in context: A study of work-related child care in Canada

Jane Beach, Martha Friendly and Lori Schmidt
Occasional paper 3

This report describes the results of a survey of work-related child care centres in Canada, examines some of the commonly-held assumptions about work-related child care programs, and discusses the role of work-related child care within the context of broader child care policy.

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Proceedings from the Child Care Policy and Research Symposium

Edited by Martha Friendly, Irene Kyle and Lori Schmidt.
Occasional paper 2

These proceedings from a one-day symposium on policy-relevant child care research was held at the Learned Societies meetings in 1991. Overviews of developmental psychology, sociology, and economics approaches to child care research as well as current Canadian research on school-age child care, family day care and a model for determining child care demand are presented.

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Child care for Canadian children and families

Martha Friendly, Laurel Rothman and Mab Oloman
Occasional paper 1

This paper, originally prepared for "Canada's children: The priority for the 90s: A national symposium" held by the Child Welfare League of America/Canada, Ottawa, October 27-30, 1991, describes Canada's child care arrangements and makes proposals for future developments.

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