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Another February 6: One more year and whaddya get? (Not more and better child care)

February 6, 2014 by Martha Friendly

Photo of ministers signing the MB bilateral agreement

By Martha Friendly & Carolyn Ferns

Another February 6th, and for those of us in the child care community, it's a time to reflect on Canada's close-but-no-cigar national child care program. You remember, right?

Buyer beware: What parents navigating Canada's child care market need to know

September 30, 2013 by Martha Friendly

Graphic for Finding quality child care / Trouver des services de garde de qualit

The last year or two has seen a flood of media stories about unregulated (or unlicensed) child care situations with no public oversight in which children have died, were injured, or put at risk. We've read about:

Look in the mirror: Just substitute "Canadian" for "American child care hell"

April 24, 2013 by Martha Friendly

An article in the April 29th issue of The New Republic has generated considerable interest in US child care as its content and perspective have been picked up and extended in social media, other magazines, US TV, radio and daily newspapers and even in offshore news media.

Think child care is no longer a women’s issue?

March 6, 2013 by Martha Friendly

Image of Rosie the riveter with a baby in her arms

On this International Women's Day,  think again....

Here are ten indications that Canada's lack of action on universal child care continues to have a profound impact on women in all regions of Canada-- across the life span, across diverse groups and across the economic spectrum:

Why universal childcare is essential for a more equal Canada

July 3, 2012 by Martha Friendly

Thirsty for Change?  CCPA infographic comparing c

If anything positive has emerged from Canada's growing inequality, it is that a conversation about "the Canada we want" has begun, as pundits and ordinary Canadians have begun to make the connections between health and wealth, public services and social justice, economics and democracy, taxes, inequality and social programs. Over the past year, public forums, blogs, conferences, and the media have explored these issues that came to full public attention when the Occupy Movement shone a spotlight on inequality.


It’s time for the Ontario government to deliver on child care

November 11, 2011 by Martha Friendly


Those of us who regularly Google "child care Ontario" can't help but notice the growing number of local news items that describe the pandemonium threatening child care across the province. This includes not only last week's major report from Toronto Children's Services but news items in local media outlets in Waterloo, Ottawa, Parry Sound, Cambridge, Sudbury, Sault Ste Marie, Cornwall (and probably others that I haven't seen).

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.

News flash: Mothers still need child care – straight from the horse's mouth

June 23, 2011 by Martha Friendly

Mothers for Child Care

Not to put too fine a point on it, but the mountain of evidence about the value of good child care should be more than enough to convince Canadian policy makers to act - if there's any interest out there in evidence-based policy making. Early childhood education and care (ECEC) has been studied from the perspective of child development and early educational advantage, anti-poverty, balancing work and family, human rights/children's rights, women's equality and smart economics. New studies looking at child care every which way appear with exasperating regularity.

Walking the picket line for new mothers

June 2, 2011 by Martha Friendly

As the Canadian Union of Postal Workers has been locked in down-to-the-wire strike talks with Canada Post, many Canadians have forgotten that it was the fight for paid maternity leave that kept postal workers walking the picket line for 42 days in 1981. As a result, CUPW became the first national union to win a settlement for paid maternity leave - topping up to 93% the 15 weeks of benefits at 60% of earnings the federal government had begun paying to eligible new mothers (with 20 weeks of insurable earnings) in 1972.

A national child care program: Not now, after all

May 22, 2011 by Martha Friendly

Child care program election rally

Four more years... For those of you who - like me - believe that a national approach is necessary if Canadian families are ever going to win high quality accessible early childhood services, the federal election results are a bitter pill to swallow. There is no doubt that the 2006 cancellation of the hard-won bilateral Early Learning and Care agreements by the minority Conservative government set child care back five years.

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