ERIC Number: ED439796
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Ottawa Should Help Build a National Early Childhood Development System.
Battle, Ken; Torjman, Sherri
This commentary focuses on the role of the Canadian federal government in early childhood development policy. The commentary begins by exploring the twin pillars of Canada's family policy, income support and services, then asserts that policy must move beyond these traditional provisions to offer early childhood development initiatives that will benefit children in all circumstances. The commentary further describes the "sorry" state of early childhood development in Canada, addressing the issues of early years learning, decreasing federal funding, inadequate supply and uneven quality, and children with disabilities. The commentary then advances three options for federal action on early childhood development: (1) creation of a National Child Development Fund, whose guiding principles would be comprehensiveness, universality, accessibility, quality, and accountability, with desirable practices of service integration, mixed delivery, and a community base; (2) block financing; and (3) federal-only measures. The commentary concludes by noting its strong support for option 1, although a combination of options 2 and 3 would be preferable to the status quo. (Contains 14 references.) (EV)
Descriptors: Block Grants, Change Strategies, Child Advocacy, Child Development, Child Welfare, Delivery Systems, Early Childhood Education, Federal Aid, Federal Government, Federal Programs, Foreign Countries, Government Role, Policy Analysis, Policy Formation, Public Policy, Social Services
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Caledon Inst. of Social Policy, Ottawa (Ontario).
Identifiers - Location: Canada