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Research backs up public daycare for quality, cost, inclusion

Substantial body of North American research concludes:commercial status means poorer quality.

Susan Prentice is Professor of Sociology at the University of Manitobaby Susan Prentice, PhD, CCPA

May 21, 2009 — The Frontier Centre has recently rhapsodized about the merits of Alberta's predominately commercial childcare system, contrasting it harshly against Manitoba's and Saskatchewan's virtually not-for-profit systems. The primary cause for Alberta's superiority, they allege, is that its large commercial sector is fully eligible for government funding. Other provinces, claim the right-wing think tank, "discriminate" by giving preferential funding treatment to not-for-profit childcare centres.

There are very good reasons why not-for-profit childcare should receive preferential treatment, and why taxpayers' dollars ought to be reserved for this more efficient sector. The Frontier Centre was highly selective in arguing otherwise. Curiously, it ignored crucial facts about parent fees, quality and compliance and the inclusion of children with special needs. On its assessment that growth in access to childcare spaces was best in free-enterprise Alberta, the report was flat-out wrong...

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  Fast Facts: East Beats West - Nonprofit Childcare Superior to Commerical Sector, by Susan Prentice, CCPA, May 21 2009

Posted: May 22, 2009

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