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  • 1. 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
  • 2. 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?
  • 3.
  • 4.
  • 5. Public Systems: Praised and Pressured
    Quality
    Quality
    Universal
    System
    Public $ (e.g. Taxes)
    $
    Private $ (e.g. Fees, Fundraising)
    Universality
    access
    Source: Lynell Anderson, B.Comm., CGA and YWCA Canada
  • 6. ECEC in Canada TodayQuality & Access Gaps  Performance Indicators
    Quality
    Qualitygap
    Expansion gap
    Public $
    Affordability gap
    ($)
    Private $(Parent fees)
    Affordable Parent Fees
    20%
    100%
    of children
    Universality
    (access)
    Source: Lynell Anderson, B.Comm., CGA and YWCA Canada
  • 7. Significant Public Investment in ECEC Required
    Denmark
    Sweden
    Norway
    Finland
    France
    Hungary
    British Columbia
    • Currently 0.22% of GDP
    • 8. 0.28% with full school-day K
    Austria
    Canada(outside Quebec)
    • Few spaces
    • 9. Insufficient quality
    • 10. High cost
    • 11. Inadequate Inclusion
    United Kingdom
    United States
    Netherlands
    Germany
    Italy
    Australia
    OECDavg.0.7%
    UNICEF & EUbenchmark1.0%
    0.25%
    Canada
    Canada
    BC
    0.22%
    0.28%
    0%
    0.5%
    1.0%
    1.5%
    2.0%
    % of GDP
    Source: Adapted from Starting Strong ll: Early Childhood Education and Care, September 2006, p.11
  • 12. Support for Families with Young Children:
    Canada Ranks Poorly
    Countries ranking higher
    than Canada on all 3 scales
    Source: World Economic Forum and UNICEF
  • 13. Growing Awareness of Social & Economic Benefits
    Health
    Children
    Education
    Families
    Criminal Justice
    Business
    Early
    Intervention
    Economic Growth & Development
    Social Development
    Municipal Services
    Neighbourhoods & Communities
    Child Welfare
  • 14. ‘Public Investment Plan’ elements in place for ECEC
    Proven product – onlyif quality
    Demonstrated demand– onlyif affordable
    Real returns– for children, families, economy, society
    Containable costs?- establish staff compensation, fee & access targets, yet … quantifiable time periods, stable birth rate, low technology, choice of family support programs available.
    Outcomes (quality, universality) achievable
  • 15. ECEC System Implementation:
    Establish Priorities, Timelines & Targets
    Quality
    ($)
    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
  • 16. A Tale of Two Canadas:
    • Raise public awareness
    • 17. Empower
    • 18. Hold governments accountable
  • 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)