A new study for the IRPP by Gordon Cleveland and his colleagues: "New Evidence on Child Care in Canada: Use Patterns, Affordability, Quality" shows that the use of nonparental and regulated early learning and child care is widespread, that many families spend a considerable amount annually purchasing child care, but that the quality of much child care is too low.
The direction of child care policy has been a bone of contention between the major federal parties. Now that the federal election is over, it is a good time to re-evaluate policy directions, taking into account the latest evidence.
Please join the Institute for Research on Public Policy in a discussion between one of the authors of this new work, and other child care policy experts: Gordon Cleveland (University of Toronto Scarborough), Sarah Fortin (IRPP), Martha Friendly (Childcare Resource and Research Unit) with comments from Linda White (University of Toronto).
To RSVP, please register online. As space is limited, you are encouraged to register no later than December 2, 2008.