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It was twenty years ago today... March 8, 1986

Martha Friendly
March 2006

International Women's Day 2006 is the twentieth anniversary of the Report of the federal government's first and only Task Force on Child Care. The key recommendation of the "Katie Cooke Task Force" was a universal system of child care - co-funded by federal and provincial governments. It would have affordable parent fees, would be designed and managed by the provinces under national standards and would be built through a gradual increase in the supply of regulated child care until the year 2001 when it would serve all children and families.

Theorizing political difference in Toronto’s postwar child care movement

Susan Prentice
Occasional paper 8

Theorizing political difference in Toronto's postwar child care movement examines the complicated history of child care service and advocacy in Toronto between 1942-1953. It reviews how and why the State reorganized and closed down child care centres, and in so doing, how public policy and practices stigmatized child care services. The paper seeks to explain how and why different women participated in this process of reorganization, arguing that instead of seeing such women as 'dupes' or 'sell-outs', they were constrained by their institutional positions and affiliations.

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