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Pass the gravy

July 18, 2011 by Martha Friendly

I heart gravy

I'm sure I'm not alone in that young children and low income single mothers don't immediately leap to mind when I hear "stop the gravy train". "Stop the gravy train" elicits images of highly-paid executives or well-pensioned fat-cat employees drawing high salaries and not putting in a decent day's work. But for most Canadians, three-year-olds in child care, single mothers struggling to pay the rent and feed the kids, and notoriously poorly-paid early childhood educators would hardly seem to be cruising along on any kind of gravy train, even in the caboose.

Day care operator Edleun widens net loss as it grows its business

The Canadian Press
Publication Date: 
21 Jun 2011
Entered Date: 
29 Jun 2011

Column on child care highlighted risks

Harding, Sandy
Publication Date: 
31 May 2011
Entered Date: 
1 Jun 2011

Big box babysitting: Corporate child care is not the solution

Dallaire, Jody
Publication Date: 
30 May 2011
Entered Date: 
1 Jun 2011

Public school board rejects company's bid for space

Pratt, Sheila
Publication Date: 
12 May 2011
Entered Date: 
18 May 2011

Case study: Corporate childcare expanding in Canada

Research and Analysis

Alberta government must change our child care policies
Moore-Kilgannon, Bill
SOURCE: Public Interest Alberta, 2010
- Press release

Case study: United States

Research and analysis

Booming economy fuels continued expansion of for-profit child care
R. Neugebauer
SOURCE: Child Care Information Exchange, 131: 18-21, 2000
In print: CIRC ID# 13833

Case study: Australia

Research and analysis

The giant in the playground: investigating the reach and implications of the corporatisation of child care provision.
Press, Frances & Woodrow, Christine. (2009). Sydney University Press.

The corpratization of Australian childcare: Towards an ethical audit and research agenda
Sumsion, Jennifer
Journal of early Childhood Research. 2006, 4(2), 99-120.

Organizational behaviour

Canadian documents

Organizational structure and behaviour in day care: Differences between non-profit and for-profit centres
Analysis of data from Child Care Management Study.
P. Canning
SOURCE: Canadian Journal of Infancy & Early Childhood, 9 (2): 67-78. 2002.
In print: CIRC ID# 17331

See also:

A sociological examination of the child care auspice debate [See Observed Quality section]

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