With a national child care program back on the front burner, it’s time we talk about the links between child care and child poverty.
Here’s the bottom line: affordable and reliable child care in Canada could help lift 300,000 children under six, and their low and modest income families, out of poverty.
Today, very few such families have access to regulated, high-quality and affordable child care. Instead, these families compete for regulated daycare spaces accessible to only about one in five children under six years old, most of which come with costs beyond their reach.
Continue reading (The Broadbent Blog): http://www.broadbentinstitute.ca/en/blog/child-poverty-and-case-national-child-care
Laurel Rothman works at Family Service Toronto where she is the National Coordinator of Campaign 2000: End Child Poverty in Canada. Laurel will be taking part in Childcare2020, the first national child care policy conference in a decade, being hosted in Winnipeg between November 13-15, 2014.