Code Blue for Child Care

Code Blue for Childcare

Sign the above-linked petition to help save the idea of a national child-care program from our conservative government.

Think of the children, folks! Think of the children! (imagine screechy overwraught voice for that one. If you can, imagine Nicole doing it sarcastically do get the full effect)

10 Replies to “Code Blue for Child Care”

  1. It’s true – the subsidized childcare plan doesn’t recognize home care – be it a SAHM/D, or unlicensed daycare, etc. However – It’s my feeling that these other childcare choices won’t be recognized by the powers that be as valid, important, worthy choices until it’s generally accepted that childcare itself is a socially and developmentally important part of our society. This is what having a national subsidized childcare plan can do. Give that first step. Once that’s an accepted practice, and its existence is no longer debated in budgets, only how much to allocate, do I believe that governments will open the coffers to support (what will then be) ‘alternative’ choices to childcare –

  2. It’s true – the subsidized childcare plan doesn’t recognize home care – be it a SAHM/D, or unlicensed daycare, etc. However – It’s my feeling that these other childcare choices won’t be recognized by the powers that be as valid, important, worthy choices until it’s generally accepted that childcare itself is a socially and developmentally important part of our society. This is what having a national subsidized childcare plan can do. Give that first step. Once that’s an accepted practice, and its existence is no longer debated in budgets, only how much to allocate, do I believe that governments will open the coffers to support (what will then be) ‘alternative’ choices to childcare –

  3. It was expected to be the first step, but as we lobbied the Liberals to open up and just start to recognize the choices. Instead of saying ok we will open our eyes, might take a while but we will look… No, we got doors shut on us, statistics thrown in our faces saying we are bad parents for staying at home.. they were insulting and mean towards any other choices.. If the Liberals had of tried to listen to the parents I honestly believe they wouldn’t of lost the election…

  4. It was expected to be the first step, but as we lobbied the Liberals to open up and just start to recognize the choices. Instead of saying ok we will open our eyes, might take a while but we will look… No, we got doors shut on us, statistics thrown in our faces saying we are bad parents for staying at home.. they were insulting and mean towards any other choices.. If the Liberals had of tried to listen to the parents I honestly believe they wouldn’t of lost the election…

  5. “unlicensed daycare” – oh god.
    Childcare workers in this country are the worst paid when considering their education. People spend more having their pets looked after then they do their own children. You want to read horror stories? Read about Unlicensed Daycares and what goes on there. Or if you’re more scientifically minded then look at the research after research that shows how much better kids do in a fully Licensed environment where people are trained and everyone follows regulation.

  6. “unlicensed daycare” – oh god.
    Childcare workers in this country are the worst paid when considering their education. People spend more having their pets looked after then they do their own children. You want to read horror stories? Read about Unlicensed Daycares and what goes on there. Or if you’re more scientifically minded then look at the research after research that shows how much better kids do in a fully Licensed environment where people are trained and everyone follows regulation.

  7. I’m with you on that point, B. I kind of think of unlicensed daycare as the equivalent of illegal basement suites – many are great, far too many are horrible, and they’re only necessary because rules and regulations and costs are too prohibitive for them to be made legal (or licensed). One would hope that with a national childcare plan, there would be a concerted effort to enable the quality unlicensed childcare centres to become licensed, subsidized centres. One of the glories of a national plan is also a national standard – for care, for employee pay, for activity, for cost, etc.

    Of course, it really doesn’t matter now.

  8. I’m with you on that point, B. I kind of think of unlicensed daycare as the equivalent of illegal basement suites – many are great, far too many are horrible, and they’re only necessary because rules and regulations and costs are too prohibitive for them to be made legal (or licensed). One would hope that with a national childcare plan, there would be a concerted effort to enable the quality unlicensed childcare centres to become licensed, subsidized centres. One of the glories of a national plan is also a national standard – for care, for employee pay, for activity, for cost, etc.

    Of course, it really doesn’t matter now.

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