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    Filed at 4:34 pm under by Tim Haas

    In Canadian news today:
    Ontario reveals plan to broaden child care options for kindergarten kids

    Bountrogianni said she wants as many as 50,000 new child care spots for kindergarten children by the end of the Liberal mandate in 2007. Fifteen years down the road, the government envisions a full day of learning for children as young as two and a half years old.

    Aside from the obvious problems of “How do they expect to pay for all this?” and “Is it really good for 2yos to be in ‘school’ all day long?” the recent push for universal daycare has led to some very distressing articles in local papers. Apparently it’s not possible to support subsidized daycare without making stay-at-home motherhood sound like a fate worse than death for both the poor unfufilled mother and her educationally-neglected offspring.
    My prediction? In the next decade we’re going to see many more parents of toddlers telling folks that they are “homeschooling” just because they’ve chosen to stay home with their babies.

    7 Responses to “Universal Daycare Marches On”


    Comment by
    CED
    November 29th, 2004
    at 5:16 pm

    Hey, with any luck they can get an educational system like some places in Communist Russia had. You drop your kid off at the school on Monday and don’t get them back until Friday. Public boarding school starting at age two.


    Comment by
    Joan
    November 29th, 2004
    at 6:37 pm

    People would frequently ask me if my son was in school yet, starting at about age 3. I would reply that we were going to be homeschooling.

    September 8, 2004 was such a sweet day for me, the day that he was supposed to have started kindergarten. We celebrated Not Going to School Day by passing around Gummi Worms to all the kids in our park group.


    Comment by
    Jill
    November 29th, 2004
    at 7:53 pm

    One of the things I have noticed here in NJ of late is a substantial increase in media coverage of “afterschool programs”. The tone is always how ‘wonderful’ and ‘enriching’ these (often taxpayer funded) programs are for kids. I told my husband I see full time afterschool daycare funded by taxpayers in our near future here in NJ. The funny thing is, on a recent afterschool visit (to vote) we saw this enriching program in action – all of the kids planted in front of the TV watching Cartoon Network….


    Comment by
    Sam(antha)
    November 30th, 2004
    at 4:33 am

    Sounds like fun Joan. I might do that when I have kids!


    Comment by
    Andrea
    November 30th, 2004
    at 7:52 am

    They’re gearing up to do something similar here in NB, starting at age 3. I find it disturbing, mostly because I feel many people here think it’s a good idea, so they don’t “have to” look after their children.
    Darby, I hope your prediction is right. until then I think we’ve got a lot of work to do. 😀


    Comment by
    sharon
    December 1st, 2004
    at 1:25 pm

    Like Joan, it was clear by the time my first child was 3 that we were doing something different. Several people asked me if we were homeschoolers, which struck me as b1zarre; we weren’t considering homeschooling at all. But here we are….


    Comment by
    sharon
    December 1st, 2004
    at 1:25 pm

    BTW, why won’t the comments box let me write “b1zarre” correctly?