Child Care Tag

27 Oct 2009 Ontario makes kindergarten plan official

ARPA Action Item: Ontario residents, please contact your MPP about this issue (contact information is here.) There are many good articles that explain why the government should be encouraging parents to look after their children rather than funding a gigantic child-care program using the rhetoric of "early-childhood learning" to justify it. Click here for an article by BV ARPA on a similar move in BC and click here for articles from some mainstream papers against  this. Canadian Press, Oct 27/09: Ontario will move ahead with full-day kindergarten for all four...

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22 Sep 2009 Warning: All-Day Kindergarten Investment Scam

By Helen Ward, President, Kids First Parent Association of Canada  BC proposes spending over $150 million on all-day kindergarten and hopes to include 3 year olds, while cutting funds for school repairs and sports. Deficit? No worries! The more you spend the more you save! The Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP) claims we can save over $400 billion with such steps towards “eliminating early vulnerability.”       But John Stossel on ABC’s 20/20 exposed such promises as a “scam”. Nobel prize-winning economist James Heckman would agree. He says, "Advocates and supporters of universal preschool often use existing research for purely political purposes.”  (Like deficit distraction?) “The solid evidence for the effectiveness of early interventions is limited to those conducted on disadvantaged populations," and "None of this evidence supports universal preschool programs."
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11 Sep 2009 Plan for all-day kindergarten in BC leaves many perplexed

Today's Family News - Written by Andrea Mrozek, manager of research and communications at the Institute of Marriage and Family CanadaOn September 1, 2009, British Columbia announced the updated budget would include $151 million for all-day kindergarten for the province’s approximately 40,000 five-year-olds, starting in 2010. The same budget announced a $2.8 billion dollar deficit and tax increases through the new Harmonized Sales Tax (HST). The province is framing the move to all-day kindergarten as one that is necessarily beneficial for children. This is also true of other jurisdictions with...

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26 Jun 2009 What kids need

ARPA Note: Read a quality report on early childhood learning, produced by a local ARPA group, here. By Helen Ward, National Post, June 19/09: This week in Ontario, Charles Pascal released his report on implementing all-day kindergarten for 3- to 5-year-olds. In B.C., Clyde Hertzman, World Bank consultant and director of the Human Early Learning Partnership, steers the government’s secretive all-day kindergarten scheme despite affordability concerns. Does early learning require this social mega-project? No. The hard peer-reviewed evidence — as opposed to the self-published papers churned out by ideologues —...

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19 Jun 2009 Alta. minister sparks controversy over parenting remarks

ARPA Action Suggestion: Send Ms. Evans a note ([email protected]) to thank her for standing up for the truth on this point. CTV.ca News Staff Alberta Finance Minister Iris Evans has backtracked from her statement that one parent needs to stay at home in order to raise a child properly, saying Thursday she understands all parents need to make choices that are right for them. Evans, 67, declined media interviews on Thursday but issued a written statement to clarify her remarks, which she made on Wednesday to the Economic...

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16 Jun 2009 Full-day kindergarten comes into play

ARPA Note: Read a quality report on early childhood learning by clicking here. Caroline Alphonso, Dakshana Bascaramurty and Dawn Walton: Globe and Mail, Tuesday, Jun. 16, 2009: Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty's self-proclaimed role as the education premier will be tested as he embarks on an integrated full-day kindergarten and childcare program with the province facing a mounting deficit and opposition from the country's largest teachers' union. Sweeping change that would put Ontario's four- and five-year-olds under the same roof all day is the most ambitious in the country and follows...

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03 Apr 2009 Helen Ward on the biggest investment scam out there: All-day kindergarten

National Post Online, April 1, 2009Charles Pascal, Ontario’s Special Adviser for all-day kindergarten, is soon to release his report on implementing this social mega-project. In B.C., Clyde Hertzman, World Bank consultant and now director of the Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP), steers the government’s push for all-day kindergarten for ages 3 to 5. Although politicians endorse Hertzman, the “bold vision” will have to wait. They say we can’t afford it during this recession. [Keep reading this excellent article here.] ...

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