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Fact and fantasy: Eight myths about early childhood education and care

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Gordon Cleveland and Michael Krashinsky, Economics, Division of Management, University of Toronto at Scarborough
July 2003
ISBN 1-896051-25-1

This paper examines eight myths often used to argue against public support for early childhood education and care. Its main objective is to respond to these eight myths, to subject them and associated research to critical scrutiny, and to respond in a popular fashion. Research evidence and logic are combined to provide a readable, economically-oriented critique to these frequently heard assertions. The myths are:

Building a firm foundation for lifelong learning: The importance of early childhood education and care

Childcare Resource and Research Unit

In the 21st century, new technologies, rapid globalization, a shift away from traditional employment patterns and recognition that ongoing renewal of knowledge and skills is essential have contributed to a new emphasis on "lifelong learning". There is general agreement that strategies for lifelong learning should incorporate a "cradle to grave" or life-cycle approach so that a continuum of learning encompasses early childhood through youth, the working years and the senior years.

Early childhood development services: How much will they cost?

Martha Friendly and Laurel Rothman

Martha Friendly and Laurel Rothman (for Campaign 2000) calculate the actual cost of providing early childhood services that is in keeping with the objectives of the Early Childhood Development Agreement.

This BRIEFing NOTE was originally prepared for the Canadian Association of Family Resource Programs' Play and Parenting Connections, Fall 2000 issue.

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The benefits and costs of good child care: The economic rationale for public investment in young children

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Gordon Cleveland and Michael Krashinsky, Department of Economics, University of Toronto at Scarborough.
1998, EN & FR

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Child care: Canada can’t work without it

Gillian Doherty, Ruth Rose, Martha Friendly, Donna Lero, Sharon Hope Irwin
Occasional paper 5

This paper describes the purposes that can be served by child care services and illustrates how it can advance social and economic objectives of national importance.



Executive Summary

Chapter I - Introduction
A definition of child care
The purposes that can be served by child care services
The importance of quality in child care services

Proceedings from the Child Care Policy and Research Symposium

Edited by Martha Friendly, Irene Kyle and Lori Schmidt.
Occasional paper 2

These proceedings from a one-day symposium on policy-relevant child care research was held at the Learned Societies meetings in 1991. Overviews of developmental psychology, sociology, and economics approaches to child care research as well as current Canadian research on school-age child care, family day care and a model for determining child care demand are presented.

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