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Changing child care: Five decades of child care advocacy and policy in Canada

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Prentice, Susan (Editor)
Publication Date: 
1 Sep 2001

Full anthology available in print for order (see SOURCE). Various materials from research project available online.

Excerpt from book cover:

Most parents of young children need child care services to help them work or study. Yet the licensed child care system has space for less than 1 in 10 children and is generally unaffordable for most parents. Quality, accessibility and affordability vary wildly within and between provinces and territories. While Quebec has a $5-a-day child care system, the rest of the country leaves child care to the family and the market. When and why do governments implement progressive child care policies? The contributors in 'Changing child care' address this and other questions, and examine the different child care systems Canadians have adopted.

The history of the five decades of mobilization and policy making in Canada is explored throughout this book. Unlike those who would claim that child care is primarily a private family matter, the authors argue that child care is better understood as a public responsibility and part of the public good.


- Editor's introduction: Looking back, moving forward
by Susan Prentice

- Playing together as Canadians: Historical lessons from the West End Creche
by Wendy J. Atkin

- Acting locally: Community activism in Edmonton, 1940-1970
by Sheila D. Campbell

- From social movement to marginalized interest groups: Advocating for quality child care in Alberta, 1965-1986
by Tom Langford

- Family policy, child care and social solidarity: The case of Quebec
by Jane Jenson

- From ideal to pragmatic politics: National child care advocacy groups in the 1980s and 1990s
by Linda A. White

- Working with parties: Success and failure of child care advocates in British Columbia and Ontario in the 1990s
by Cheryl Collier

- Advocacy ignored: Child care policy in Ontario in the 1990s
by Vappu Tyyska

- In the absence of policy: Moving toward the inclusion of children with special needs in child care
by Sharon Hope Irwin and Donna S. Lero

- History, lessons and a case for change in child care advocacy
by Judith A. Martin

- Federal child care policy development from World War II to 2000
by Rebecca Kelley Scherer

- Bibliography


- Excerpts from oral history interviews conducted as part of the research project

- Multi-disciplinary bibliography on child care advocacy

- Archival listing of sources for historical research on post-WWII child care advocacy in English Canada

Entered Date: 
9 Oct 2001
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