KeepHealthCare.ORG – Opinion | Child-care plan benefits parents who least need financial help
Is Canada finally coming of age over child and family policy? — April 2
I disagree with the op-ed article, written by the CEOs of two child-care organizations, that the provincial Liberals’ announcement of free licensed child care will give struggling families more options. A better system would be giving money directly to families to spend on caring for their children as they see fit. Struggling families are less likely to have stable work hours, such that a licensed daycare would cover their needs. Struggling families are less likely to have both parents working full time due to disability or a shortage of good-paying jobs, turning free daycare into a kind of workfare program that only benefits those who are already working. Universal daycare also makes it harder for families to choose to have one parent stay home if they wish. It sends the message that child care is only worth supporting if it is done by someone other than the parents.
Universal funding for daycare is a one-size-fits-all solution that just so happens to most benefit families with two parents in stable, full-time daytime jobs, and those are the families who least need the help.