Doug Ford’s promised in the last election to deliver child care affordability for a small amount of money ($389 million per year) for all children in Ontario 0-14 years of age. That’s a total of 2.2 million children. In other words, Doug Ford thinks he can make child care affordable for a price of less than $180.00 per child per year. On the face of it, this cannot possibly be true.
Pour mes amis francophones, here is the final report (in French) of the Affordable for All study on child care funding in Ontario! There is much analysis and many lessons in here about what funding approaches will have positive and negative impacts on accessibility and affordability for families. Des Services Abordables Pour Tous_Rapport Final
I just had a piece published in Policy Options/Options Politiques, from the Institute for Research in Public Policy in Montreal. It’s titled “Child Care in the Ontario Election“. Have a look! No matter who wins the election, this debate about what constitutes good child care policy in Ontario is a really important one.
Here’s the PDF from my presentation to the Atkinson Centre Early Years Task Force from this morning May 9th. This is a crucial election for families who care about child care and the different policy approaches to child care funding would have VERY different effects. Presentation at OISE on Affordable for All report
I’m a collaborating member of a research team in Quebec called “Equipe de Recherche Qualite des Contextes Educatifs de La Petite Enfance”. Nathalie Bigras, an excellent researcher in early childhood education issues from UQAM, is the leading member of this team. Their recent newsletter contains a useful clickable list of recent press coverage and other resources