About Canada: Childcare By Martha Friendly & Susan Prentice
|August 16, 2009||Posted by Cheryl Wartman under Canadian, Non-fiction|
Published by Fernwood Publishing, 2009
About Canada: Childcare, by Martha Friendly and Susan Prentice, is a straightforward investigation of Early Childhood Education and Childcare (ECEC) in Canada which concisely establishes the Canadian need for proper standards in childcare programs, kindergartens, and nursery schools.
Questions covered include: Why doesn’t Canada have an ECEC system, even though other countries do? What is missing in Canada’s ECEC landscape and why? Is ECEC primarily a public good, a private family responsibility, or an opportunity for profit-making? Identifying this system as a political issue, this argument proposes that Canada requires an integrated system of services, stating that the absence of universal public funding is detrimental to the future of the country’s families, women, and children.
The analysis of the history of ECEC, politics and policies, and suggested improvements for the future is a brilliant resource. A must read for anyone devoted to childcare study as it takes a profusion of historical publications and simplifies them for a broad range of readers. The almost forty years since the Royal Commission on the Status of Women recommended a “national day-care” system and the astonishing number of reports from various task forces and research groups are succulently outlined.
Even if you start with a rudimentary understanding of the Canadian system, by the end of the book you have gained an insight into the complex history of Canadian Childcare, as well as the confounding political factors contributing to the inaction. The final summary leads readers through an action plan towards universal childcare and a better kind of nation for all.