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Child care in Quebec: Where there's a will, there's a way

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Tougas, Jocelyne
Publication Date: 
1 Sep 2001


For over a decade, federal/provincial/territorial governments have used deficit reduction and other economic priorities and “constraints” to justify doing very little for early childhood care and education.

However, one province stands out in its willingness to follow another path and make a significant difference in the lives of children and families. Over the past five years, Quebec has been implementing an exciting early childhood care and education initiative, investing massively in the development of new regulated child care spaces and in their overall funding.

The questions and answers in this document attempt to describe the major features of Quebec’s ECCE initiative and draw out the key elements and experiences that could serve as lessons for child care advocates across the country.