Study highlights needs for universal, affordable child care, say social policy researchers
From frantic races against the clock to juggling their kids among friends and relatives, a lack of reliable child care for Canadian families continues to highlight the need for universal, affordable, quality child care, says a University of Alberta researcher.
A new study of 109 Alberta mothers, titled Producing the Patchwork shows the “messiness of the day-to-day organization of child care” Canadian families deal with on a constant basis, said U of A social policy expert Rhonda Breitkreuz.
“Our child care policies in Canada are lagging behind the needs of families. We’ve got a largely unregulated system that creates stress, chaos and unsustainable routines for families with young children,” said Breitkreuz, who was the lead researcher on the study.
According to one study, nearly two-thirds of Canadian children are in unregul...