Lynell Anderson, CCAAC & UBCHELP presentation to DfA Summit

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Lynell Anderson, CCAAC & UBCHELP presentation to DfA Summit

  1. 1. Beyond the ‘Buts’:Implementing Rights in Early Childhood in Canada<br />Dignity for All Policy SummitOttawa, Ontario March 4, 2011<br />Lynell Anderson, CGA<br />Senior Researcher, UBC Human Early Learning Partnership<br /> Child Care Advocate<br />
  2. 2. Rights, Research and Lived Reality affirm need forUniversal Access to Quality Child CareBut, what about …?<br />Parental care (Moms)?<br />Other public services under stress?<br />The cost?<br />The private sector?<br />
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  5. 5. Public Systems: Praised and Pressured<br />Quality<br />Quality<br />Universal<br />System<br />Public $ (e.g. Taxes)<br />$<br />Private $ (e.g. Fees, Fundraising)<br />Universality<br />access<br />Source: Lynell Anderson, B.Comm., CGA and YWCA Canada<br />
  6. 6. ECEC in Canada TodayQuality & Access Gaps  Performance Indicators<br />Quality<br />Qualitygap<br />Expansion gap<br />Public $<br />Affordability gap<br />($)<br />Private $(Parent fees)<br />Affordable Parent Fees<br />20%<br />100%<br />of children<br />Universality<br />(access)<br />Source: Lynell Anderson, B.Comm., CGA and YWCA Canada<br />
  7. 7. Significant Public Investment in ECEC Required<br />Denmark<br />Sweden<br />Norway<br />Finland<br />France<br />Hungary<br />British Columbia<br /><ul><li>Currently 0.22% of GDP
  8. 8. 0.28% with full school-day K</li></ul>Austria<br />Canada(outside Quebec)<br /><ul><li>Few spaces
  9. 9. Insufficient quality
  10. 10. High cost
  11. 11. Inadequate Inclusion</li></ul>United Kingdom<br />United States<br />Netherlands<br />Germany<br />Italy<br />Australia<br />OECDavg.0.7%<br />UNICEF & EUbenchmark1.0%<br />0.25%<br />Canada<br />Canada<br />BC<br />0.22%<br />0.28%<br />0%<br />0.5%<br />1.0%<br />1.5%<br />2.0%<br />% of GDP<br />Source: Adapted from Starting Strong ll: Early Childhood Education and Care, September 2006, p.11 <br />
  12. 12. Support for Families with Young Children:<br />Canada Ranks Poorly<br />Countries ranking higher <br />than Canada on all 3 scales<br />Source: World Economic Forum and UNICEF<br />
  13. 13. Growing Awareness of Social & Economic Benefits<br />Health<br />Children<br />Education<br />Families<br />Criminal Justice<br />Business<br />Early <br />Intervention<br />Economic Growth & Development<br />Social Development<br />Municipal Services<br />Neighbourhoods & Communities<br />Child Welfare<br />
  14. 14. ‘Public Investment Plan’ elements in place for ECEC<br />Proven product – onlyif quality<br />Demonstrated demand– onlyif affordable<br />Real returns– for children, families, economy, society<br />Containable costs?- establish staff compensation, fee & access targets, yet … quantifiable time periods, stable birth rate, low technology, choice of family support programs available. <br />Outcomes (quality, universality) achievable<br />
  15. 15. ECEC System Implementation:<br />Establish Priorities, Timelines & Targets<br />Quality<br />($)<br />Quality<br />Universal<br />System<br />Phase 1<br />Phase 2<br />Phase 3<br />Qualitygap<br />Expansion gap<br />Public $<br />Affordability gap<br />Private $(Parent fees)<br />Affordable Parent Fees<br />20%<br />100%<br />of children<br />Universality<br />(access)<br />Source: Lynell Anderson, B.Comm., CGA and YWCA Canada<br />
  16. 16. A Tale of Two Canadas: <br /><ul><li>Raise public awareness
  17. 17. Empower
  18. 18. Hold governments accountable </li></li></ul><li>Canada’s Auditor General observes:<br />when tasked with rolling out a complex and time-sensitive initiative … departments worked together to achieve timely implementation while paying considerable attention to risk … <br />when senior officials give priority to large initiatives like the Economic Action Plan, public servants rise to the challenge (Fraser, 2010) <br />

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