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Our government thinks maternal child care is bad for women and children and the economy. Our leaders want to "GET MOTHERS BACK TO WORK" and get our children into full time LICENSED DAYCARE so we can be "PRODUCTIVE" in the name of "GENDER EQUITY."March 2018: Response to CBC's The House biased coverage of "child care" in federal budget.
February 2018: Child care speech in BC Legislature by MLA Laurie Throness: Does a political party finally recognize that child care is the care of a child? Helen Ward: The new Liberal budget will send money for 'children' right to the wealthy and the bureaucrats" (Note: this was written in response to the 2017 budget)
January 2018: Does it work? Public Funding for Child-rearing through EI Benefits - only about two-thirds of mothers receive any EI benefits
December 2017 Press Release: BC Daycare 30% Vacancy Rate as Government Plans 3800 More Spaces
Dec 2017 Toronto Star letter by Kids First President, Helen Ward: Fund child care, not daycare spaces
Dec 15, 2017 Vancouver Sun editorial by Kids First President, Helen Ward, & Andrea Mrozek: There's no need to create more daycare spaces
What child care do parents really want?
Dec 5, 2017: REPORT by Kids First and Cardus Inst: 30% vacancy rate in BC daycare while government plans $33 million for new spaces
BC Daycare Vacancies - 2001 Provincial Child Care Survey
Sept 2017: Globe editorial: B.C. to parents: Please lock up your kids
Sep 2017: Very Superstitious: How Fact-Free Parenting Policies Rob Our Kids of Independence by Adrian Crook
August 2017: Cardus op-ed by Helen Ward: The Daycare Lobby's Misogyny. Regarding government and corporate schemes to bully mothers away from our kids and into full time jobs we ask: With feminist like this, who needs patriarchy?
Daycare Staff:Child Ratios and Group-Size Laws Harm Kids
April 2017: CBC Cross Country Check-up discusses daycare
April 2017: Article by Cardus about the 4,500 vacant daycare spaces in Toronto Daycares have increasing VACANCY rates but this data is hidden from public. This is a follow up from 2015 research by Kids First President, Helen Ward, exposing the high but hidden vacancy rates in daycare.
Quebec Daycare System Results: Negative Social Behaviour, Increased Youth Crime
Sept 2015 working academic research paper by economists Milligan, Baker, Gruber showing long term negative impact of Quebec daycare system: "Non-Cognitive Deficits and Young Adult Outcomes: The Long-Run Impacts of a Universal Child Care Program"
Mar 2017: National Post article by Kids First President, Helen Ward, on Federal Budget promise of more daycare funding. Funding families not "spaces" is fair and better for children's well-being.
Stanford study finds delaying kindergarten 1 year reduces hyperactivity and improves attention at age 11, but Canada has for pushed earlier and longer kindergarten.
Aug 2016: Financial Post article, Exploiting women through childcare. The Federal government is considering a $500M "child care" subsidy program in order to increase mothers' employment. Is this what women want? Does cheap daycare increase mothers' labour force participation?
Aug 2016: CBC radio interview - Vanier Institute for the Family CEO, Nora Spinks, confirms that daycare waitlists are meaningless, though the daycare lobby has used them for years to claim there is a shortage of daycare spaces, yet she pushes for a $10/day daycare system. Ms Spinks advised Statistics Canada that it should not ask for parents' preferences in child care during a consultation last year. Kids First seeks inclusion of parental preference as fundamental in family policy data in our democracy.
April 2016: Are Child Protection Services Violating our Rights?
April 2016: Trusting Strangers and Risks to Children
Feb 2016 Derby Telegraph article: University of Derby: Children in touch with nature do better in SATs
Jan 2016: Research on infant learning shows 'educational' electronic toys don't help
Jan 2016, New York Times article: Unpaid care work - Finland announces Universal Basic Income for all adults. It’s Payback Time for Women
Nov 2015: EVER HEARD OF DEFAMILIALIZATION? WHAT IT IS, WHO CREATED IT, HOW IT AFFECTS OUR LIVES. This research essay by Kids First President, Helen Ward, exposes defamilialism, the ideology that has led to a massive global policy shift, driven by elites on the left and right, that has radically reduced welfare state support for family care work in order to fund state support for institutional, non-parental child care.
Oct 2015: Tycoon dragon blasts daycare: "anti family" "incentivizing parents" Business News Network interview - Bucking the international business sector promotion of tax-subsidized daycare, Kevin O'Leary, Canadian tycoon featured on CBC TV's "Dragon's Den", took time during this interview to blast proposals for a national daycare program. He said he is most concerned about the impact on children and correctly said it "incentives" parents to not look after their own children, calling it "anti family", "unCanadian", "horrific".
What are the dollar costs of a Unidaycare Centre System?
Kids First info sheet Costs—Daycare, Preschool, All-Day Kindergarten compiled a few years ago gives actual costs reported by different governments in Quebec, BC, Sweden and US. EXAMPLE: Nearly $16,000/yr for centre operating costs alone for infant care in Quebec in 2001 - with 1 baby for 1 staff person.The Canadian Research Institute for Law and the Family say parents have the right to decide when their child is OK to be alone. Read more in this CBC article: B.C. Supreme Court rules 8 is too young to be left home alone
Media Release, October 6th, 2015: Mother of Home Alone 8-year-old to BC Premier: “I Felt Bullied”
Sept 11, 2015: Why walking to school is better than driving for your kids
Sept 2015: Do Social Workers have too much power? The Nation explores the question in "Has Child Protective Services Gone Too Far? A debate sparked by the free-range parenting movement has drawn attention to the threats and intrusions poor, minority families have long endured"
Sept 2015: Global TV video and article - WHO DECIDES, PARENTS OR SOCIAL WORKERS? BC case of 8 year old home alone--interviews with the child's mother and Kids First President, Helen Ward
Sept 21, 2015: Universal Child Care Outcomes Questioned In New Study. This study is a follow up from a previous study by the same 3 economists that was published in a top peer-reviewed journal, Political Economy, and won the 2008 Purvis Prize. In addition to negative outcomes for kids and parents, they found increased maternal employment that produced more taxes that covered only 40% of the program costs. The other study mentioned by Pierre Fortin in 2012 is NOT peer reviewed, even by 2015, but has been cited by CCPA etc as proof that daycare produces benefits over costs.
Sept 2015, OPEN SEASON ON PARENTS--BC Supreme Court decides social workers trump parents: all children under 10 must have 24/7/365 supervision
Daycare Lobbyist Awards Human Rights Abuser
Aug 11, 2015 National Post commentary: The folly of universal childcare
Sarah Godoy's response to opinion piece in The Province: Child care money is just more Tory sexism
Top tax-funded daycare lobbyist, Gen-squeeze head & UBC HELP staff PAUL KERSHAW on how the state should reshape us and our families. 2010 Human Early Learning Partnership publication: The just commodification of women, equal care obligations for men, and autonomous households: Gendering the comparative analysis of welfare states in 20 OECD countries
McD's, Disney, Hasbro lost vs Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood: June 2015 Boston Globe article
TAX-FUNDED DAYCARE LOBBY
"Gen Squeeze" says its a "lobby" group. It demands $10/day daycare and opposes funding families equitably.FUND CHILDREN NOT SPACES
April 28, 2015 report by Kids First President, Helen Ward, published by the Institute for Marriage and Family Canada: "Is there really a daycare shortage? - A Toronto case study shows vacancies despite waiting lists and subsidies"
April 2015, CBC news: Low income parents spend wisely
Funding for parental child care vs daycare in Sweden, Finland, Norway
Finland has the largest cash benefit for parental care and lowest use of daycare, and also has the best outcomes in the world for high school academic results on OECD PISA tests.
Does the state require parents to provide 24/7/365 child supervision until age 13? April 2015 Washington Post article: "Child protection agency seizes children walking home alone from park, doesn’t tell distraught parents for two hours"
April 8th, 2015 Media Release: Harper Fiscal Accountability Fail: Billions Omitted in PBO Child Care Report
Global News: How the Family Tax Cut works and who benefits from it
March 2015 Salon article: "Help! My kids were stopped three times by police for being outside unsupervised" Police harass kids and parents for walking and biking in safe neighbourhood. Result? The kids are now afraid to go out alone.Time to push back.
Daycare lobby propaganda strategy for eliminating "resistance" to "paradigm shift" spelled out
Adolescent Health - protective and risk factors: Findings from the US Add Health Study, the largest ever done, seems to be ignored in current discussions.
Parent and Child Rights Documents:
March 2015: Barbie Big Brother: Join the campaign to stop Mattel doll that records your conversations
How Many Children can one Person Care for all Day?
Government makes ratios and group size worse. See BC Child:Staff ratio laws
BC Court says mums in prison can keep babies. The right to security of person includes breastfeeding and attachment. Dec 2013 Globe and Mail article: Babies can stay with jailed moms
Jan 2015: Maryland parents investigated for neglect after letting kids walk home alone from park
Feb 2012, Huffington Post article: Dad arrested and strip searched because 4 year old drew a picture of a gun. Ontario Premier approves and school officials say they "co-parent"
Ontario's then-Deputy Education Minister charged with child porn crimes opposed police background checks for volunteers working with school kids. July 2013, Toronto Star article: Benjamin Levin criticized background checks for youth workers: The high-profile educator arrested on child porn charges described police checks as a barrier to school-community partnerships
Dec 2014 article from Home Renaissance Foundation UK says unwaged work to be counted: Unpaid GDP and the Wealth of Work in the Home
July 2011, Maclean's Magazine article by John Geddes: "Is subsidized daycare bad for kids? A surprising new study says Quebec’s $7-a-day daycare is leaving children worse off"
An article about research by Quebec economists LeFebvre, Merrrigan, and Haeck discusses the impact of cheap daycare on children and paid work by mothers. Note the comments about "quality" by HELP's Goelman and Kershaw are disingenuous as they have authored research stating that the quality of daycare in Quebec is minimal and inadequate.Lawyers recognize the dollar value of unpaid work - house work and child care - and have calculated it carefully based on Statistics Canada data: BC - $15.46/hr., Alberta - $15.35/hr, Ontario - $16.22/hr, NWT - $27.46/hr
July/Aug 2011 - Brown's Economic Damages Newsletter - "Housekeeping Claims: Time Use Data from Statistics Canada’ s 2010 General Social Survey (GSS), cycle 24" see chart p. 8
Nov 2014, Iowa student refuses to be weighed by school In BC we have the "Daily Physical Activity" DPA reporting requirement which has schools requiring students to report and electronically record at least 30 minutes of physical activity per day. Just say no. Is it the schools' business what students/families do in their off-school time? Does this requirement induce mass lying by students? Are education and government personnel required to demonstrate physical fitness as a job requirement?
Nov 2014, CBC News: 3 issues that pit Canadian parents against the state Discipline, medical procedures and sex education continue to stir controversy in Canadian courtrooms
Nov 2014, CBC News: B.C. child-care spaces could increase by 13,000 over 8 years Minister says the budget is set for 2,000 spaces so far
Supreme Court of Canada rules birth-mothers are different than other parents. West Coast LEAF lawyer publicly congratulates and supports Kids First goal of challenging definitions of "child care" and "work" that discriminate against the work of parental child care. Hear more about it on this CBC Radio podcast from Nov 13, 2014. Kids First President, Helen Ward, calls in at 21:44: BC Almanac interview
FULL EQUALITY FOR WOMEN: Funding for family care work embraced by economists and lawyers "every mother is a working mother"
Sign petition: AT&T marketing BabyFirstTV with not one but 2 screens
Appeal court upholds ruling: Employers must accommodate parents child care obligations
Kids First is working towards a human rights complaint about the definitions of "child care" and "work" that say that child care is not done by parents and is not work if it is done by parents.Transcript from 1999 Federal Finance Committee referring to the SCC case and the Boland cases relating to exploitation of parental child care providers. Check out the contempt for parents by MP Dr Carolyn Bennett and others and check out Ms Gardner's presentation.
Child Care Human Rights Case: Does government discriminate against parents? The federal court ruled that "child care" obligations are part of family status last year - this is being appealed. Kids First is planning a human rights complaint against government definitions of "child care" that exclude parental child care.
Mar 2014 UK Telegraph article: Scottish ministers threatened with legal action over 'state guardian' plans
Jan 2013 CBC report: Daycare inspections hide crucial information
Gordon Neufeld on roles of the family and state
Family and Home Network is a US sister-organization to Kids First. Here is their excellent paper on Campaign for Inclusive Family Policies
Ontario Government Misrepresents All-Day Kindergarten Research
Oct 2013 Globe and Mail column: All Day Kindergarten "No Magic Bullet"Daycare Promoted by Elite Feminists in Bed with Neo-Liberals and Neo-Conservatives. Articles by Rianne Mahon, leading daycare theorist, from Carleton University in Ottawa:
Nov 2013 article: "Britain pays mothers to breastfeed in pilot program designed to reduce stigma in poor communities"
2011 article in PNAS (scholarly journal) "Maternal separation produces lasting changes in cortisol and behavior in rhesus monkeys"
Oct 2010: Ontario Ministry of Education memo from Assistant Deputy Minster shows they EXPECTED "UNFUNDED COMMITMENTS" for all-day Kindergarten. What do they do? Shove more kids into too few rooms? This CALLOUS LACK OF REGARD FOR CHILDREN'S WELL-BEING means that any results for the first year or two would only get worse as more children are placed in the ever-worsening program.
Ontario eliminated grade 13, which reduced post-secondary time and costs but then they added 2 years of full-day kindergarten many say to provide jobs despite declining student enrolment. Read about the government's DECLINING ENROLMENT WORKING GROUP.
Aug 2013 Globe and Mail article: All Day K in Ontario put in despite lack of facilities and school board objections
SUBSIDIZED DAYCARE = SUBSIDIZED PROFITS = CORPORATE WELFARE: Quebec daycare economists promote the Quebec daycare system because it increases labour supply and thus lowers wages which increases business profits. They also endorse neo-liberal/neo-conservative "trickle down theory" asserting that "eventually" this benefits "all components".
"What are the consequences for the economy of several tens of thousands of women entering the Quebec labour force? More people looking for work exercises downward pressure on wages, which induces firms to employ more women.... The slower rate of wage growth increases business profitability .... All components of domestic income eventually benefit from the arrival of new workers."
Oct 2013 Waterloo Record article by Maclean's editor: How full-day kindergarten makes things worse for kids. This article exposes the lies told by the Ontario government about their studies of all-day kindergarten
Swedish response to Globe and Mail article praising Swedish daycare system: Swedish daycare is VERY costly at $27,000/yr/child age 1-5 and very undemocratic. TAXES to pay for it are so high that almost no parents cannot afford to look after their own children. Taxes average 70% of income for the average city worker. Income tax of 30% starts at an income of only $3,000. VAT (GST) is 25%, and groceries are taxed at 12%. And QUALITY of care is a "problem".
UN report on women’s unpaid care work as a human rights issue
October 21 posting at Critical Legal Thinking: "White Feminists Fatigue Syndrome" second-wave feminism critiqued by feminists who honour unwaged family care work: Kids First has long been aware that the elite feminists who dominate our government women's and family policy making reject and marginalize our stance on daycare and children's well-being.
October 2013 article in The Guardian: How feminism became capitalism's handmaiden - and how to reclaim it. A movement that started out as a critique of capitalist exploitation ended up contributing key ideas to its latest neoliberal phase
Oct 10, 2013 Media release: Child Care Poll: Parents’ Group Calls for Fair Democratic Child Care Funding
Sept 2013 Hamilton Spectator article – Kids First quoted – Full-Day kindergarten is merely glorified babysitting
Sept 2013: The Telegraph newspaper – UK coalition says “The Government should stop intervening in early education” – letter signed by many experts says evidence supports more play and later formal schooling
Sept 3, 2013: More All-Day Kindergarten Propaganda Packaged as Research
Why Preschool Shouldn't Be Like School, a Slate article by Alison Gopnik
July 2013, Economists Listen Up: New Zealand Mum feeds family of ELEVEN with meal that costs $NZ10 (CDN$8.25)
Early Development Instrument (EDI): Not everyone accepts it as reliable "evidence"
June 2013 - Violating parental consent with "passive consent": kids used as junk science research subjects by UBC's HELP
May 2013, Advancing "SHARED RESPONSIBILITY" between parents and the state for child-rearing: Scotland plans massive state surveillance of families with one "named person" per child. Read more in this BBC article and this Scottish Express article: SNP bill to spy on parents is criticized by families
May 2013, Maclean's Magazine article: Why full-day kindergarten doesn’t work. The article highlights the lack of concern for children's well-being in the education ministries and their total refusal to accept the findings of peer reviewed research. Note: the article incorrectly states that BC has all day junior and senior K. BC has no junior K; however the original proposal from UBC's Human Early Learning Partnership was for all-day K for ages 3-5 (this would have included 2 year olds born after August).
Polls Consistently Show Large Majority Prefer Parental Child Care
May 2013 Global News report: Early childhood care overhaul needed: poll
May 2013 Poll: Large Majority Wants Parental Child Care & Funding for Families, Not Daycare
Tax-Funded Daycare Lobbying
Join the Movement for Family-Friendly Policy -- A Much Needed Policy Document
HELP KIDS FIRST MAKE A HUMAN RIGHTS COMPLAINT AGAINST UNJUST DISCRIMINATION IN CHILD CARE LAWS
Economist Marilyn Waring on the need to recognize women's unpaid work. Videos: Making Women's Work Count -- a short interview, and Who's Counting? Marilyn Waring on Sex, Lies and Global Economics -- a full length film by Canada's National Film Board
Paul Kershaw of the tax-funded daycare lobby at the Human Early Learning Partnership is critiqued for his neo-liberalism by a fellow academic in the Feb 2012 Rabble article, Generational conflict: Neo-liberalism's new bait-and-switch ploy
Who is Responsible for Children? on Corus radio's April 14, 2013 Roy Green Show: Kids First President Helen Ward discusses the claim that children belong to the community "collective" and are not the "private" responsibility of their parents as described by US pundit Melissa Harris-Parry in this recent MSNBC ad
Fund Children not Space: Over $3,800/yr+++ = Tax Subsidy for Each Daycare Space
1 in 3 Canadian mothers do not receive any EI maternity/parental benefits.
In 2011, 68% of mothers with children 12 months and under received these benefits. 76.6% had insurable employment and 88% of those got benefits. See the Statistics Canada Employment Insurance Coverage Survey, 2011Mar 17, 2013: UK Daily Mail article featuring Kids First Swedish colleague, Jonas Himmelstrand, Long days at nursery or with childminders 'raising a generation of school tearaways'. Research says that bad behaviour is linked to hours spent without parents. Jonas Himmelstrand is presenting his report to MPs this week.
March 8, 2013 International Women's Day - UK Guardian article by Selma James, founder of Wages for Housework, and Nina Lopez of Argentina, founder of Legal Action for Women and joint co-ordinator of the Global Women's Strike: Hugo Chávez knew that his revolution depended on women. The authors describe Hugo Chavez's formal recognition of care work as productive work: "[Women] work so hard raising their children, ironing, washing, preparing food … giving [their children] an orientation … This was never recognised as work yet it is such hard work! ... Now the revolution puts you first, you too are workers, you housewives, workers in the home."
Mar 2013: Roadkill Radio interviews Kids First President, Helen Ward, on the "Gender Equity Rankings" report by the World Economic Forum (gender equity is not about women's empowerment), HELP's Dr Paul Kershaw, and BC's $10/day daycare push
Feb 28, 2013: Vancouver Co-op radio interviews Kids First President, Helen Ward, on the Early Development Instrument, daycare, all-day Kindergarten and the Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP)
Feb 26, 2013: Tyee article Stress is Killing Gender Equality in Canada
2012: World Economic Forum "The Gender Gap Report"
Feb 2013: Landmark Human Rights Case for Families
Feb 2013: Top Daycare Lobbyist Leaves a Troubling Legacy: Dr Clyde Hertzman
TVO Parents Videos: In The Importance of Attachment, Gordon Neufeld explains his opposition to all-day kindergarten. He says, "the state should not be commissioned to take care of our children" and "to hand the child over to the state: the state is only too eager to say, 'We are better for your child than you are', 'We can train our people to take care of...' but it's not about the training."
Also check out the TVO Parents videos from The Child Development and Community Conference. Topics include bullying, attachment, digital age, peer-orientation, and parental stress.
Nov 2012: Report on bullying policy by Institute for Family & Marriage Canada "Family responses to bullying: Why governments won't stop bullying until families step up." This report applies attachment theory and Dr Gordon Neufeld's work to the issue of bullying and recommends policies that build attachment rather relying on children to police each other.
Quebec daycare kids more likely to be obese: Nov 2012: Study published in Journal of Pediatrics finds daycare linked to obesity (head author: Marie-Claude Geoffroy)
CBC article: "Obesity odds may be higher for children in daycare”
"Gender equity" style parenting resulted in more mental health problems for kids
March 2012: Study published in International Journal for Equity in Health of “gender equity” parenting (both parents spending equal amounts of time at jobs and doing child care) in Sweden finds children have more mental health problems with gender equal parents.Data Mining Canadian Kids: A document authored by Dr Clyde Hertzman of HELP, Canada's leading guru pushing privacy-violating data mining and institutional child care, outlines "5 Year Plan".
Here is the 2009 document prepared by the Monitoring Committee of the Early Childhood Learning Knowledge Centre The World's Best Infrastructure for Child Development Statistics in Canada: Strategies for Federal-Provincial-Territorial Collaboration
Feb 2012: Ottawa Citizen article "All work and no play . . . Is not good for the developing brain, says psychologist Dr. Gordon Neufeld." Neufeld says, "The only resistance I get is from policy-makers."
More bad news for Sweden's mothers & economy: Full-time job + kids = disability = pension
May 2012: British Medical Journal article - "Disability pension among young women in Sweden, with special emphasis on family structure: a dynamic cohort study"
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