Daycare Lobbying by HELP
Daycare lobby “research” (none of it peer-reviewed) is being used to promote more institutional child care. The following papers by HELP—the Human Early Learning Partnership are…
- funded by the BC government and the federal government’s Canadian Institutes for Health Research
- based at UBC
- closely tied to the World Bank through HELP Director Clyde Hertzman
- closely tied to Fraser Mustard’s Council on Early Child Development—also tied to the World Bank
2009—15 by 15: A Comprehensive Policy Framework for Early Human Capital Investment in BC—written for the BC Business Council by Hertzman, P. Kershaw, L. Anderson, and B. Warburton
SYNOPSIS: This report makes the unexplained and undefined claim that nearly 30% of children are “vulnerable.” This “problem” will be fixed by putting billions into institutional child care. This will save BC over $400 BILLION and save Canada $3.1 TRILLION.
2007—Measuring Up: Family Benefits in British Columbia and Alberta in International Perspective —by P. Kershaw
SYNOPSIS: The report claims that more spending on institutional child care is needed because double-income families get a larger “benefit package” than single income families and those on welfare. The spending is also to create incentives for mothers to get full-time jobs to meet so-called “gender equity” goals. Excluded from the calculations are: governments’ cost of subsidizing daycare and parents’ cost of forgoing paid work to do unwaged child care.
Other BC Daycare Lobbying
Early Childhood Educators of BC
More daycare lobby links at http://www.ecebc.ca/resources/links.html