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What research says about quality in for-profit, non-profit and public child care

Childcare Resource and Research Unit
November 2011
4pp

Debates about profit-making in human services include a range of considerations such as access and equity, the idea of the "public good", and democratic participation. A main focus of debates about for-profit early childhood education and care (ECEC) in Canada has been the impact of profit-making on program quality. Quality is a salient consideration in child care; child development research shows conclusively that "quality matters": good quality benefits children while poor quality may be detrimental. Thus, research from Canada, the United States, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, etc.

For-profit child care: Past, present and future

Susan Prentice
Occasional paper 21 [EN & FR]
October 2005
29pp
$10

After many years of relative political inattention in Canada, the federal government has committed to developing a national early learning and child care program. In 2005, the first beginnings of the national program were laid down through a $5 billion/five year initiative consisting of bilateral agreements with provinces and territories.

Child care by default or design? An exploration of differences between non-profit and for-profit Canadian child care centres using the You Bet I Care! data sets

Gillian Doherty, Martha Friendly & Barry Forer
Occasional paper 18
August 2002
76pp
$25

The issue of auspice in child care has been debated in Canada for many years and for several reasons. One reason for this is the consistent research finding that commercial child care centres as a group obtain lower ratings for overall program quality than do non-profit centres. Other reasons include the belief that essential services such as child care should be publicly operated, and concerns about ensuring accountability for the use of public funds if they are flowed to commercial operators. This study explores the issue of auspice from the perspective of program quality.

Neo-conservatism and child care services in Alberta: A case study

Jacqueline Hayden
Occasional paper 9
1997
30pp
$8

The development and delivery of child care services in Canada has never been without controversy. Although stakeholders from opposing spheres of influence have battled for divergent demands, the concept that some form of support for child care falls within the realm of state responsibilities has been acknowledged for many decades.

A sociological examination of the child care auspice debate

Bruce K. Friesen, edited by Gillian Doherty
Occasional paper 6
1995
41pp
$10

Originally a doctoral theses, this paper presents in an abridged form, Friesen's examination of the differences in quality between for-profit and non-profit child care centres the structural features that give rise to these differences.

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Preface and Acknowledgements

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