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Online early childhood education: Not remotely what’s needed

July 10, 2019 by Martha Friendly

After working on early childhood education and care for more than 40 years, I am sometimes stunned when I read about “innovations” in child care that I assume are put-ons but turn out to be perfectly serious. Such was my reaction the other day to a story in the New York Times about a kindergarten readiness program that four year olds can access remotely— “almost entirely online”.  


United States

Misspeaking childcare: The Ford government’s evidence vacuum

May 27, 2019 by Martha Friendly

*This blog went to press as Premier Ford announced that he was reversing retroactive cuts to municipalities for childcare for 2019 but confirming that cuts in the future will continue.


No equality without universal child care

December 10, 2018 by Martha Friendly

By Martha Friendly, Susan Prentice & Morna Ballantyne

This piece was first published in Policy Options (Institute for Research on Public Policy) on March 8 2018, available online.

The perfect gift for Mother's Day: Universal child care

May 11, 2018 by Martha Friendly

Guest blog by Dorothy MacLeod

It takes a village to raise a child, yet in 2018 very few of us live in villages in Ontario. As a result, child care is an essential service for families with young children. There is no question that Ontario needs a universal, affordable, and high quality child care system. As a soon-to-be working mom, child care is central to my ability to participate fully in the workforce, build my career and achieve my personal goals – pretty lofty stuff.

Checking up on child care on Cross Country Check Up

April 26, 2017 by Martha Friendly

Checking up on child care on Cross Country Check Up

Dear Hillary, dear Bernie: Can Canada hitch a ride on your childcare coat-tails?

May 19, 2016 by Martha Friendly

As a dual citizen who dutifully votes in US presidential elections, I’m bowled over by the profusion of childcare commitments, comments and analyses emanating from south of the border. Childcare is quite the election issue in the US, taking up much more space in this election campaign than in any other I remember.  Canadian women and families—faced with our own unrelenting struggle for quality, affordable childcare here in the True North Strong and Free—should take note.   

Ontario squandering its chance to be a leader on child care

February 29, 2016 by Martha Friendly

Ontario squandering its chance to be a leader on child care

Guest blog by Carolyn Ferns, Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care

@petermansbridge to @JustinTrudeau: "It's 2016. Isn't it time for a national day care program?”

February 4, 2016 by Martha Friendly

It wasn’t surprising that child care was one of the topics Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was pressed about last Sunday on CBC’s Face to Face with the Prime Minister.  There are millions of families in all regions—families like that of the CBC’s representative young middle class mom Jenna Fray— who are struggling with child care. Parents cannot find and afford good quality child care for love or money.

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