Recent findings on negative outcomes for children and parenting in the Quebec system

“Universal Childcare, Maternal Labor Supply and Family Well-Being” by Michael Baker (University of Toronto), Jonathan Gruber (MIT) and Kevin Milligan (University of British Columbia).

From the study:

“We uncover striking evidence that children are worse off in a variety of behavioural and health dimensions, ranging from aggression to motor-social skills to illness. Our analysis also suggests that the new childcare program led to more hostile, less consistent parenting, worse parental health, and lower-quality parental relationships.”

Note that child:staff ratios have been raised since the data used was collected and are now 8 children age 1 per staff. This would worsen outcomes.

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