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Child care: Canada can't work without it

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Occasional paper no. 5
Doherty, Gillian; Rose, Ruth; Friendly, Martha; Lero, Donna & Irwin, Sharon Hope
Publication Date: 
1 Jan 1995

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This paper provides a comprehensive, overview of Canadian child care in 1995. It describes the purposes served by child care and illustrates how they advance social and economic objectives; identifies concerns with current funding arrangements; documents the problems of lack of sufficient child care and affordability; discusses inadequate wages and working conditions in child care; and presents a framework for action by the federal government. It identifies options for development of a child care system, funding options, and issues related to national criteria for child care services.