UNICEF flunks Canada on child care
Report card on Early Childhood Education and Care program ranks Canada at the bottom.
December 11, 2008 — UNICEF's report card on Early Childhood Education and Care program ranks Canada at the bottom.
In light of the unprecedented financial turmoil and the rapidly slowing Canadian and world economies, Canadian families have to be protected. The report states that OECD countries on average spend 0.7 percent of GDP on ECEC, while UNICEF recommends that at least one per cent should be spent.
In Canada, the Harper government can't even keep up with the OECD average, spending less than 0.3 percent of the GDP on ECEC — most of which is being spent in Quebec. Meanwhile the rest of Canada continues to wait for adequate child care funding. Since the Conservatives came to power in 2006, the expansion of child care spaces has dropped to its lowest level in years.
Canadians are facing a time of economic trouble. And they need to have access to efficient tools to help them face the reality...
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UNICEF flunks Canada on child care, by CUPE.ca, December 11, 2008
UNICEF's report card on Early Childhood Education and Care
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