Canadian families in rural communities face many challenges in
finding quality early childhood education and care opportunities for
their children. Like families throughout the country, rural families
appreciate the positive social and educational experiences that their
children can encounter in quality early childhood education settings.
This, combined with the need for flexible child care due to atypical and
seasonal working hours and the necessity for child care to address the
safety issues of children on farms, makes the lack of rural spaces a
pressing concern for many families in rural Canada. This description
of the experience of one parent highlights the safety concerns of
family life on the farm, as well the benefits that quality rural child
care can offer. Meanwhile, new research evidence has emerged indicating
that quality child care can have profound economic benefits for both
rural families and their communities.
The issue file features online reports, news articles and useful
websites about rural child care issues in Canada. Items are listed from
most recent to least recent with undated materials at the end of each
section. Additional materials will be added as they become available.