Alberta's Daycare Controversy: From 1908 to 2009-- and Beyond

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Athabasca University Press, 2011 - Family & Relationships - 406 pages
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Since the late 1950s, disputes over day care programs, policies, and funding have been a recurring feature of political life in the province of Alberta

Alberta's Day Care Controversy traces the development of day care policies and programs in Alberta, with particular emphasis on policy decisions and program initiatives that have provoked considerable debate and struggle among citizens. For most of Alberta's first fifty years as a province, day care was treated as a private rather than a public issue. Beginning in the late 1950s, however, debates about day care began to appear regularly in the public record. Langford brings to light the public controversies that arose during the last four decades of the twentieth century and the first decade of the new millennium, placing contemporary issues in historical context and anticipating the elements of future policy struggles
 

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Contents

Early Efforts to Organize Day Nurseries 190845
15
The 1960s
39
The 1970s
75
Years of Turmoil 197982
123
From Corporatized Chains to Mom and Pop Centres
159
DayCare in Question 198499
191
Municipalities and Lighthouse Child Care 198099
237
DayCare into the Future
287
Appendix
329
References
389
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Tom Langford is an associate professor in theDepartment of Sociology at the University of Calgary. His researchfocuses on globalization, labour, and the politics of early learningand child care.

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