Québec Day Care: Access for All?

Québec Day Care: Access for All?

Québec Day Care: Access for All?

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Référence bibliographique [2531]

Halperin, Vivian. 2007. «Québec Day Care: Access for All?». Mémoire de maîtrise, Montréal, Université Concordia, Département de sociologie.

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1. Objectifs


Intentions :
« [This] research examines how families with pre-school age children manage to acquire access to Quebec’s day care system and whether or not this system enables access for all parents seeking access. [She] also examine[s] the extent to which Quebec’s day care regulations encourages accessibility to day care through its recognition of difference associated with parents whose more vulnerable situations involve poorly paid, and/or part-time employment, staying at home, student status, and single parenthood. » (p. 1)

2. Méthode


Échantillon/Matériau :
L’auteure a interviewé 14 directeurs de services de garde, cinq parents (dont trois à faible revenu) et deux personnes travaillant au CLSC.
Elle utilise aussi les deux documents gouvernementaux suivants : « Rapport d’enquête sur les besoin [sic] des familles en matière de services de garde éducatifs » (2002) et « Situation des centres de la Petite enfance et des garderies » (2002)

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Analyse de contenu

3. Résumé


« Consequent to Quebec’s’ 1997 reform is affordable day care. It would seem that day care easily afforded would support parental accessibility. However high parent demand combined with an insufficient supply of affordable day care spaces has had the opposite effect since access is uncertain even when parents plan-ahead for access. This exploratory work places particular emphasis upon the problem of differential access since today socioeconomically-vulnerable families in Quebec are least likely to acquire access to day care. » (p. III) The author « […] explore[s] the capacity of the day care system to support family access to day care, and the role that community plays in enabling access for economically challenged families. [The author] also reveal[s] how the uncertainty of access impacts families generally, but particularly those who are economically challenged and without alternative child care options. Despite these obstacles to access, [this] research discovers how the reform’s affordable day care has reshaped parent demand for day care. » (p. III)