Challenges and prospects in the EU: Quality of life and public services

This flagship report from Eurofound, Challenges and prospects in the EU: Quality of life and public services, brings together in-depth contributions in the area of the quality of society and public services, based mainly on research carried out since 2016. Recognizing the fact that the quality of people’s lives is profoundly influenced by their access to… Continue reading Challenges and prospects in the EU: Quality of life and public services

Analysis: Canada’s Multilateral Early Learning Child Care Framework Agreement and the bilateral funding agreements

Canada’s Multilateral Early Learning Child Care Framework Agreement and the bilateral funding agreements between the Government of Canada and the provinces and territories: what do they say and how to they stack up? Child Care Now has analyzed the Multilateral Early learning and Child Care Framework agreement and each of the bilateral agreements in order… Continue reading Analysis: Canada’s Multilateral Early Learning Child Care Framework Agreement and the bilateral funding agreements

Analysis: Canada’s Multilateral Early Learning Child Care Framework Agreement and the bilateral funding agreements between the Government of Canada and the provinces and territories

How do the federal/provincial/territorial child care agreements stack up? Child Care Now has released a comprehensive analysis of Canada’s Multilateral Early Learning Child Care Framework Agreement and the bilateral funding agreements between the Government of Canada and the provinces and territories. This first-ever comparative assessment of the agreements explains how the provinces and territories intend… Continue reading Analysis: Canada’s Multilateral Early Learning Child Care Framework Agreement and the bilateral funding agreements between the Government of Canada and the provinces and territories

Canada’s New Early Learning and Child Care Framework

On Jun 12, 2017 the federal government announced a Multilateral Early Learning and Child Care Framework (MFA) which sets the foundation for federal, provincial and territorial governments to work together “toward a shared long-term vision where all children can experience the enriching environment of quality early learning and child care that supports children’s development to… Continue reading Canada’s New Early Learning and Child Care Framework

Why For-Profit Child Care is Not the Solution

Profit-making in child care gives rise to four main concerns: 1) the quality of programs is eroded by the drive to make profit; 2) the diversion of public funds to profit-making is an “inefficient” approach to expanding quality child care and making it more affordable for parents; 3) it is unethical to derive profit from the… Continue reading Why For-Profit Child Care is Not the Solution

How Early Learning and Child Care is Organized in Canada

It’s complicated Each of Canada’s jurisdictions—10 provinces, three territories—has several programs for child care and early childhood education. Theses programs tend to have multiple objectives, such as “giving children the best start in life,” school readiness, early intervention, women’s equality, support for families and poverty reduction.  There is no overall national child care program. However, since… Continue reading How Early Learning and Child Care is Organized in Canada

Unregulated Child Care

Today, there is an enormous gap between the number of children of parents in the paid workforce and the availability of regulated child care that is safe, trustworthy, affordable, convenient and of high quality.  Thus, many parents across Canada use unregulated child care out of necessity.  Not a real choice In Canada, there are only enough… Continue reading Unregulated Child Care

How should Early Learning and Child Care be Funded in Canada?

As the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has observed: “Significant public funding is necessary to support sustainable and equitable early childhood education. Without this, a shortage of good quality programs, unequal access and segregation of children according to income follows. When the main burden of costs falls on parents, children from disadvantaged backgrounds… Continue reading How should Early Learning and Child Care be Funded in Canada?