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This article was published 18/3/2008 (2963 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
This comment from a reader, sent to various reporters and editors from the Free Press:"I am an active participant in my son’s daycare and recently received the results of a survey that outraged me! This survey stated that a person could make more money at McDonalds, Domo or Tim Horton’s than they could caring for and teaching my child in a daycare center. We’re talking about molding children into respectable, functioning, educated citizens and daycare is the first step to that. Early childhood education is HUGE! Who do we want the next generation to be? How can they become all they can when the Early Childcare industry is not attracting many people and those that do decide on that route, many leave quite quickly when faced with all the responsibility and low pay."
As it's tax time, it's a reminder of the Conservative government's efforts to reform daycare. I will be accused of grossly simplifying the program, but in essence the Tories opted to give every family in the country $100 a month, $1,200 a year, to support whatever form of child care they wanted. So, if you chose to stay at home and care for your children, you get $100 a month. If you dolled out for child care, you got $100 a month.I acknowledge it's an issue on which opinions vary wildly. There are traditionalists who believe only a parent can provide child care and that daycare causes everything from ADD to sociopathic tendancies. There are more modern views that claim ECE prepares children better for school, while allowing men and women to pursue careers that make them more complete, fulfilled and happier taxpayers. There is also a strong argument to be made that our modern economy needs dual income families to fill important jobs and to contribute tax dollars to support our rapidly aging population.The reader's comments above raise an interesting question: Would a majority of Canadians support paying $100 a month to stay-at-home parents or using that money to improve the wages of Early Childhood Educators? Your comments are most welcome at this point.