Donna Lero, Jarislowsky Chair in Families and Work, will be speaking at Canada national child care conference. ChildCare 2020 is the first national child care policy conference in a decade and the fourth such conference in Canada’s history. The conference is being held in Winnipeg, Manitoba from November 13th to 15th.
The conference priorities are to develop an inclusive vision of early childhood education and care that reflects the needs of today’s families with young children. The majority of these families do not have access to affordable, quality child care. Generate new ideas and strategies to put child care back on the political agenda and kickstart progress on support for children and parents in Canada. Child care is a key component of social and economic equality. It’s important to counter the austerity measures and poor government policy choices that have put child care on the back burner. Engage a new generation of advocates who will deliver a strong message that it’s time for governments to give families access to quality early learning and child care programs. Child care is a right.
CFWW is a sponsor and co-organizer of the preconference Research Day. Research Day is a one-day event focused on how knowledge can improve child care policy. University, community and government researchers will present papers and posters exploring the policy-knowledge connection. “Policy” is used in the broadest sense, and topics will include historical as well as contemporary, and international as well as Canadian perspectives.