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Daycare shortage acute, parents desperate [CA-QC]

Moore, Lynn
Publication Date: 
22 Aug 2001
Entered Date: 
22 Aug 2001

Investing in the future: Building better child care

Canadian Union of Public Employees
Publication Date: 
22 Mar 2001
Entered Date: 
29 Mar 2001

Childcare markets: Do they work?

Helen Penn
Occasional paper 26
February 15, 2012

This paper explores some of the conflicting priorities between childcare by for-profit entrepreneurs and non-profit or state systems. The paper considers the limitations of using the market as a workable model for the organisation and delivery of childcare. It presents a brief overview of the reach of economics as a basis for making decisions about childcare, and describes changes in ideas about the application of market principles to traditional welfare contexts.

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

Childcare Resource and Research Unit
November 2011

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

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

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

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

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.


Preface and Acknowledgements

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