The Parenting Issue II
Have you noticed how the term child care has become interchangeable with early learning? Our policies in this country need to be completely overhauled in order to provide equal access to a variety of care giving options to all families. Outsourcing the care of a 2 year old (oops, should that read education instead of care?) for 40-50 hours a week is not a progressive step. Read the book I’ve posted here if you need convincing. Education is a powerful tool and Canadians would be smart to consider the outcome that any National Child Care (early learning) program will have on the armies of infants paraded through it. You simply must check out this book. It's a quick read and most libraries should have it because of the famous author.
"working women want to make their own choices, we don't need old white guys telling us what to do," February 16, 2005 Rona Ambrose, MP
Sometimes you have to be assertive when you are trying to make a point. The Canadian parliament is full of old white guys and many are part of the Liberal brigade that brought in this vote buying scheme. (In the 2004 election, 16.62% of the seats were filled by women - via).
"I am convinced that when future generations look back they will recognize in our pan-Canadian approach to early learning, a project of nation-building in the same sense as universal medicare."— Right Honourable Paul Martin, speech to senior civil servants, Gatineau, Quebec, September 21, 2005 (via).
Nation building indeed, just as long as the Liberals get to dictate how it gets built. And how exactly does medicare equate to child care. When people are sick, they need care. When children are born they need care. What kind? Read on....
“…the social skills of white, middle-class children suffer- in terms of cooperation, sharing and engagement in classroom tasks - after attending preschool centers for more than six hours a day, compared to similar children who remain at home with a parent prior to starting school.” (14,000 study participants – American kindergarten children) Drs. Margaret Bridges and Bruce Fuller, UC Berkeley News 01 November 2005
Doesn’t nation-building require team building skills Mr. Martin?
“…the new childcare program led to more hostile, less consistent parenting, worse parental health, and lower-quality parental relationships.” Analysis of Quebec’s universal child care program – two parent homes only, Drs. Michael Baker, Jonathan Gruber, Kevin Milligan, National Bureau of Economic Research December 2005
So let me get this straight Mr. Martin, the child care program is supposed to help parents, right?
Child Care Information: Canada and International
Advocates for Child Care Choice (Ontario)
Kids First Parent Association of Canada (Daycare Fact & Fiction, Ideology & Agendas pdf report here)
International Childcare Policies
Info regarding latest U.S. Studies on Day Care