Federal day care program raises concerns

Some critics have problems with the plan excluding unlicensed care and lack of respect for housewives as the federal government plans to expand taxpayer-funded day care. I will.

In Recent federal budget, Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland has announced $ 30 billion over the next five years for early learning and childcare services, with $ 8.3 billion becoming a permanent part of annual spending. The goal is for parents to provide public childcare that costs $ 10 per child per day.

“The evidence from Quebec, which began building a universal early learning and childcare system over 20 years ago, is indisputable,” Freeland said. “Quebec is one of the countries with the highest labor force participation rates for women with children under the age of three.”

Andrea Murozek, Senior Fellow of Research Institute Cardas familyI suspect that large spending will bring a quality system to children. She says the Quebec model is a failure that should not be adopted.

“People are fascinated by it because it’s so cheap and so highly subsidized. I also believe in the reality of how kids pay fares. [Quebec] The system is effectively hidden for parents inside and outside, “she said in an interview.

“I’m working on a childcare file, so I’ve been asked many times. Would you like to emulate Quebec? And when I talk about the consequences of poor children, people aren’t aware of it. Hmm.”

Economists Michael Baker, Jonathan Gruber and Quebec Milligan analyzed the case of Quebec Year 2005 It is based on a national longitudinal survey of children and adolescents, a continuous dataset that tracks the progress of large samples of Canadian children. After the introduction of a universal, well-funded childcare program in the late 1990s, they “deteriorated children in a variety of behavioral and health aspects, from aggression to athletic social skills and illness. I found “impressive evidence that you are doing”.

Their follow-up 2015 study “A cohort of non-cognitive deficits that persisted into school age and increased access to childcare then suffered poor health, reduced life satisfaction, and a higher crime rate in later years.” I did.

Mrozek said increasing the Canada Child Allowance (CCB) would be a preferred use of taxes as it would provide direct support to parents and other families involved in childcare.

“Increasing CCB is an effective childcare policy,” said Mrozek. “Parents are also raising children and their families are helping … [and] It is not recognized by national day care advocates. So if you give money to your family, they will be able to pay for whatever they are using more easily. “

Mrozek also suggests other options such as creation Childcare costs are refundable tax credits, As in Ontario and Quebec. It will put more money in the pockets of low-income parents.

“Day care advocates are unaware of anything other than the licensed sector, and in doing so they pretend that not all of the care options available to parents are there.”

“Feminist” public policy underestimates motherhood: caregiver advocates

Freeland said in her Transfer to budgetReleased on April 19, “COVID-19 has created a window of opportunity. You can open it and finally build a national early learning and childcare system. Social infrastructure that drives work and growth. This is a feminist economic policy. “

Creator of Beverly Smith, Equality and long-term care Websites that provide resources to help defend unpaid long-term care say the federal approach doesn’t consider what’s best for children.

“If you really want to appreciate the value [children], You cherish them where they are — you cherish them with their attention, their interests, and everything — and you cherish their children to see what they need I am watching one-on-one. And the best people to do that are parents.They know [their] The children are very energetic and they have a vested interest in their prosperity, “Smith said in an interview.

Mothers and retired teachers sought to find value for women by giving them paid jobs that contribute to GDP, but feminists and policy makers now need to conclude their views. Say there is.

“The way to get equality was to enter a world where men are already valued …. Therefore, the next third wave of assessing women’s equality is to make women even when they are at home. It’s about making people aware. That’s the ultimate equality, “Smith said.

Smith said unpaid mothers should account for one-third of GDP, and ignoring this contribution would lead to bad policies.

“What you got is a government that is still alive in the waste of women’s work at home, but has completely discredited women and is now mocking and driving them out of the house. And that’s a backfire. Because all the free labor they get must be paid.

“So, the care of children will have to be institutionalized, the care of the elderly will have to be institutionalized, and the care of the disabled will have to be institutionalized. You can no longer assume that you are, so you will not be able to send sick people out of the hospital early, so hospital costs will increase. “

A short-sighted focus on paid work ultimately helps with Joni Mitchell’s lyrics. “Until it’s gone, you don’t know what you have,” Smith said.

“The government is really stepping in,” she said.