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ERIC Number: EJ764333
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jun
Pages: 15
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 39
ISSN: ISSN-0966-9760
(Under)Valuing Care Work: The Case of Childcare Workers in Small-Town Quebec
Albanese, Patrizia
International Journal of Early Years Education, v15 n2 p125-139 Jun 2007
This paper challenges the assumptions that women "care" as a matter of course, that care work is natural, inevitable, and easy--requiring little skill and as a result should not be highly valued or rewarded. It does so by assessing the impact of Quebec's (Canada's) $7/day childcare program on an economically disadvantaged community near the Quebec/Ontario border. This pilot study of mothers and childcare workers marks the first phase of research in the community. This paper looks at some of the care work involved in childcare settings in small-town Quebec. At the same time, the paper aims to show the importance and impact of Quebec's childcare initiative on an economically hard-hit community. It shows that, despite mothers' recognition of the importance of the program to themselves, their children and their community, there is still evidence of the undervaluing of the care work that childcare providers do. (Contains 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada