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In Quebec, Childcare = Cheap

In International Public Health, Uncategorized on June 16, 2006 at 11:38 am

Sorry, but I couldn’t resist doing another parenting post when I saw this article in the New York Times (Have they always had these good parenting articles? Maybe I’m just noticing now because it applies to me.)

When it comes to childcare, Quebec has the right idea.

David Leonhardt writes:

“THERE is one place in North America where parents of young children don’t have to worry about child care. In Quebec, full-time day care costs just $7 a day — Canadian dollars, at that — thanks to a government program aimed at one of the thorniest problems that workers in their 20’s, 30’s and 40’s face.”

“Starting in 1997, the Quebec Family Policy subsidized day care for 4-year-olds at government-approved centers around the province. By 2000, the program had expanded to cover any child not old enough for kindergarten, all the way down to infants. This is universal day care, an audacious idea that recognizes the revolution in women’s work over the last 30 years.”

I wonder what it would take to get something like this to happen in the U.S.? Here’s a short report done by the Nation’s Network of Child Care Resource and Referral on average prices of childcare in the U.S.

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  1. What woulda dreamed of baby bucks,
    just leave it to Canada, those lazy Canucks.

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