regulated family child care
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.
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.