“Are the Swedish state family policies delivering?”

Below is a statement by Jonas Himmelstrand of the Swedish family organisation, Haro, presented at the Familyplatform conference in Lisbon in May 2010. FamilyPlatform is a project financed by the European Commission to look into research areas for future European…

Swedish Parliament hears about the importance of parent-child attachment

Canadian Developmental psychologist's Dr Gordon Neufeld's work citedFrom Jonas Himmelstrand, a Swedish friend of Kids First:Dear friends,Sweden's rigid day care based family policies may start to loosen up, even though the journey can be long.I was invited to speak at…

Academic Outcomes: All-Day K for 3-5 Could be Harmful—Canadians Outperform Swedes & French on OECD Exams (broken link)

See test scores on p 58 of "Measuring up: Canadian Results of the OECD PISA Study 2006" (click link for PDF download)Canadian kids at age 15 far outperform the big-state-daycare Swedes and French and the OECD average.This refutes the implied…

Reality check—Costs of all day schooling/daycare

Reality check—Costs of all day schooling/daycare: BC Government says it’s studying costs of all day kindergarten for age 3-5, but no costs are mentioned in the consultation paper. $11,500/yr/child age 2-5: Quebec spending on daycare operation costs only—capital, training, bureaucracy,…

High Costs and Low Quality: Quebec government study finds 73% of licensed daycare there is of minimal or lower quality (broken link)

High Costs and Low Quality Quebec government study finds 73% of licensed daycare there is of minimal or lower quality.The OECD find “a problem of quality” and “deteriorating quality” in Swedish daycare—yet holds it up as a model for all…

Sweden to Fund Parental Child Care–Reverses Decades of Discrimination (broken link)

The Swedish Parents' group, Föreningen Barnens Rätt Till Föräldrarnas Tid (approximately the Association for the Right of Children to Their Parents) is a sister-organization to Kids First. It is part of the Swedish "parents' rebellion" that has collected over 50,000…

Canadian Teens Out-Score OECD Average and Sweden on Academic Tests

Canadian Teens Out-Score OECD Average and Sweden on Academic Tests. See charts on page 60-64 of “Measuring Up: Canadian Results of the OECD PISA Study The Performance of Canada’s Youth in Science, Reading and Mathematics: 2006 First Results for Canadians…

Britain’s Daily Mail finds Swedish woman are asking for an end to daycare discrimination

Britain’s Daily Mail finds Swedish woman are asking for an end to daycare discrimination: women are far from equal after 30 years of policy discriminating against parental child care. Parents in Britain—and Canada—take note! Nov 26, 2007. Daiy Mail -…

Read excerts from Patricia Morgan’s book, Family Policy, Family Changes—Sweden, Italy and Britain Compared:

Read excerpts from Patricia Morgan’s book, Family Policy, Family Changes—Sweden, Italy and Britain Compared: or try: Book City (toronto) June 2006. CH. 2 EXTRACT ON SWEDEN: "Sweden: Socialist Engineering in Family Policy" (PDF)June 2006. Ch. 5 EXTRACT: "Overview and Conclusions"…