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Canada needs new minister devoted to children report
« on: May 01, 2009, 01:18:11 PM »
Canada needs the adult supervision of a new minister for children to lift its dismal international ranking on child care, says a new Senate report.

The 212-page document, entitled Early Childhood Education and Care: Next Steps, says a minister of state for children and youth should craft a "pan-Canadian framework" of policies and programs to support kids and families.

That road map should be drawn up during a series of federal-provincial meetings within the next year, Senator Art Eggleton said Tuesday.

"Itís in that context that they would work out how funding for a lot of these things would be."

The report also calls for clear benchmarks against which officials could measure progress each year compared with other countries.

"We need to have more research, more data collection for purposes of evaluating where weíre going," said Eggleton, chairman of the Senate social affairs committee.

The committee took on the issue after Canada came last among 14 developed countries in a 2006 report by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). It compared international spending on child care and early learning.

Canada didnít fare any better in a more recent UNICEF report last December. It tied for last place in a ranking of the early child-care services offered by 25 developed countries


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