January 21, 2019. Helen Ward, Brenda Burns, et. al. Cardus – policy paper: A Positive Vision for Child Care Policy across Canada
Kids First is a signatory to this landmark policy paper. Share it with policy makers and parents! Add your signature by emailing your name and brief description/position to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The paper calls for ‘child care’ to be defined as the care of a child, regardless of who does it or where.
IT PROVIDES 6 GUIDING PRINCIPLES FOR CHILD CARE POLICY:
CHOICE: Accommodation of diverse types of care, not a top-down, one-size-fits-all system.
FUNDING NEUTRALITY: Governments shouldn’t favour one type of care over another parents may choose.
QUALITY: Care settings should be subject to simple, consistent, and easily understood and enforced standards.
DIVERSITY: Working together, we can allow for a diversity of child care options to flourish.
PARENT ACCOUNTABILITY: Funding parents instead of care providers restores power to families.
BEST INTERESTS OF THE CHILD: The best child care policy prioritizes children’s well-being.
- RICK AUGUST, Independent Public Policy Analyst, Regina, Saskatchewan
- BRENDA BURNS, President, Child Care Providers Resource Network of Ottawa-Carleton
- SARAH GODOY, Mother, BFA
- AMORIZA GUNNINK, M.Ed
- SAMUEL HAMMOND, Director of Poverty and Welfare Policy, Niskanen Center
- HEIDI HIGGINS, Co-founder, Coalition of Independent Child Care Providers of Ontario
- PAIGE MACPHERSON, Atlantic Director, Canadian Taxpayers Federation
- LYDIA MILJAN, PhD, University of Windsor
- ANDREA MROZEK, Cardus
- REGNARD RAQUEDAN, Co-Founder of ParentUp, MBA, MS, A-CSMSM, CSP®, UXC
- LIBBY SIMON, MSW
- PETER SHAWN TAYLOR, Contributing Editor, Maclean’s
- HELEN WARD, Mother, President of Kids First Parents Association
January 22, 2019. Cardus – Press Release: “Universal Daycare Policies Lack Universal Support“