Beyond the ‘Buts’:Implementing Rights in Early Childhood in Canada Dignity for All Policy SummitOttawa, Ontario March 4, 2011 Lynell Anderson, CGA Senior Researcher, UBC Human Early Learning Partnership Child Care Advocate
Rights, Research and Lived Reality affirm need forUniversal Access to Quality Child CareBut, what about …? Parental care (Moms)? Other public services under stress? The cost? The private sector?
United Kingdom United States Netherlands Germany Italy Australia OECDavg.0.7% UNICEF & EUbenchmark1.0% 0.25% Canada Canada BC 0.22% 0.28% 0% 0.5% 1.0% 1.5% 2.0% % of GDP Source: Adapted from Starting Strong ll: Early Childhood Education and Care, September 2006, p.11
Support for Families with Young Children: Canada Ranks Poorly Countries ranking higher than Canada on all 3 scales Source: World Economic Forum and UNICEF
Growing Awareness of Social & Economic Benefits Health Children Education Families Criminal Justice Business Early Intervention Economic Growth & Development Social Development Municipal Services Neighbourhoods & Communities Child Welfare
‘Public Investment Plan’ elements in place for ECEC Proven product – onlyif quality Demonstrated demand– onlyif affordable Real returns– for children, families, economy, society Containable costs?- establish staff compensation, fee & access targets, yet … quantifiable time periods, stable birth rate, low technology, choice of family support programs available. Outcomes (quality, universality) achievable
ECEC System Implementation: Establish Priorities, Timelines & Targets Quality ($) Quality Universal System Phase 1 Phase 2 Phase 3 Qualitygap Expansion gap Public $ Affordability gap Private $(Parent fees) Affordable Parent Fees 20% 100% of children Universality (access) Source: Lynell Anderson, B.Comm., CGA and YWCA Canada
Canada’s Auditor General observes: when tasked with rolling out a complex and time-sensitive initiative … departments worked together to achieve timely implementation while paying considerable attention to risk … when senior officials give priority to large initiatives like the Economic Action Plan, public servants rise to the challenge (Fraser, 2010)