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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.

Ratios for four and five year olds: What does the research say? What else is important?

Martha Friendly, Carolyn Ferns and Nina Prabhu
June 2009

Research and expert perspectives agree that one of the key elements that determines the quality of an early childhood education and care program is the number of adults to children - the ratio. However, it is also clear that the adult: child ratio is not the sole quality-determining element. Other important elements, especially training and qualifications, interact with ratio to form the structural and pedagogical base for quality in an ECEC program.

From vision to action: Early childhood education and care in 2020

Childcare Resource and Research Unit BRIEFing NOTES banner
Martha Friendly and Susan Prentice
November 2008

This BRIEFing NOTE presents a vision for what an universal early childhood education and care system in Canada might look like from the program to the policy level. It explores the potential for Canada to move from a patchwork of disjointed programs - many of them of mediocre quality -to a comprehensive high quality system and suggests changes that would put such a system in place.

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Broadening and deepening our understanding of quality: Working toward inclusion and equity

School of Early Childhood Education, Ryerson University and the Childcare Resource and Research Unit
February 2008
3pp

Selected presentation from the conference, Halifax, June 15, 2007.

Early learning and child care: How does Canada measure up?

Martha Friendly
October 2006

International comparisons using data from Starting Strong II (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, 2006)

This BRIEFing NOTE situates early learning and child care in Canada in the international context using the work of the OECD's Thematic Review of Early Childhood Education and Care. It first presents an overview of the review's eight year project. Second, it examines the review's final recommendations in Starting Strong II. Third, it presents data from Starting Strong II to situate Canada internationally.

Quality by design: What do we know about quality in early learning and child care, and what do we think? A literature review.

Martha Friendly, Gillian Doherty and Jane Beach
2006
32pp

This literature review is one part of the Quality by Design project. It reviews the literature on ideas, research, policy and practice vis‐à‐vis quality in ELCC and is as much about what we think as what we know.

Elements of a high quality early learning and child care system.

Martha Friendly and Jane Beach
EN & FR
2005
8pp

This paper describes eight linked elements that, taken into account together, will form a basis for the creation of a system of ELCC where high quality is the norm rather than the exception.

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Child care fee subsidies in Canada

Jane Beach and Martha Friendly
2005
20pp

This document provides an overview of child care fee subsidies in Canada and summarizes comparable information from provinces/territories to help inform discussion about financing issues that affect the quality of ELCC programs.

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Child care centre physical environments

Jane Beach and Martha Friendly
2005
20pp

This paper provides an overview of current thinking about the importance of physical environments; summarizes comparable information from provinces/territories to help inform discussion and strategies for improving the quality of physical environments in ELCC programs.

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Quality targets in services for young children: Summary

Summarized by Martha Friendly
November 2004
4pp

This BRIEFing NOTE summarizes a paper developed by the European Commission Network on Childcare and Other Measures to Reconcile the Employment and Family Responsibilities of Men and Women (Childcare Network) (1996).

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