Donna Lero

Donna S. Lero is the inaugural holder of the Jarislowsky Chair in Families & Work, and leads the research agenda Workplace Policies & Family Supports at the Centre. Donna is an Professor in the Department of Family Relations and Applied Nutrition, where she teaches courses in child development and family-related social policy. Donna is a leader in research on childcare and on work and family issues, in part resulting from her role as Director of the 1988 Canadian National Child Care Study.

Donna's numerous publications include topics such as single-parent and dual-earner families, and a variety of childcare and work/family issues, including You Bet I Care! (factors affecting the quality of child care in centres and family child care homes), A Matter of Urgency (a study of child care centres and efforts to include children with special needs), reports on Parental Work Patterns and Child Care Needs, Parents' Access to Workplace Benefits and Flexibility, and the Work/Life Compendium: 150 Canadian Statistics on Work, Family and Well-Being.

Dr. Lero provides consultation and support to others through her role on task forces and advisory committees at the federal and provincial levels, and is well known as a speaker at national and international conferences.


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    Workers Need Support or Challenges Become Obstacles: Study

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  • Thursday, June 18

    Paternity Leave

    This year for Father’s Day, CFWW’s Dr. Donna Lero spent time reflecting on the changing role of fathers. Many fathers are beginning to take paternity leave along with their partners. The reasons for extending leaves to fathers are mainly due to: greater gender equality, the changing roles of men and women at home and in the workplace, and the desire of fathers to spend time with their children in a full-time capacity. read more...

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    Mothering and DisAbility

    Mothers have much in common. They share the joys and challenges of raising children, and love being appreciated for their efforts, not just on Mother's Day. However, mothers are also as diverse as we can imagine - younger or older, parenting alone or with a partner, employed or not, and from all races, cultures, backgrounds, and family structures (adoptive, blended, nuclear, etc.). We sometimes forget that some mothers also live with a disability or chronic health condition that can make mothering no less rewarding, but even more challenging. read more...

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