Child care report card: Harper's score 'unsatisfactory'

OTTAWA, April 19 /CNW/ - A report card grading the Canada-wide parties' childcare election promises says Stephen Harper and his Conservatives are unwilling to learn and should develop active listening skills around parents' needs for reliable, high quality childcare.

The report card, produced by the Code Blue for Child Care campaign, takes Harper to task for the lack of any plan to create and fund a range of good early childhood education and care services and improved parental leave.

"If childcare were a course and the Conservatives were in the classroom, they would stand out for their lack of interest and unwillingness to contribute ideas," says Shellie Bird. "While we found there was room for improvement with the other Canada-wide parties, they at least did their homework, and got some good scores and made commitments to universal childcare."

The report card can be accessed in full at www.buildchildcare.ca.

Code Blue for Child Care advocates for a universal system of publicly funded, publicly managed high quality childcare. It is a coalition made up of women's, labour, childcare and social justice groups from across Canada.

Authorized by the CCAAC/Code Blue for Child Care

SOURCE CODE BLUE FOR CHILD CARE

For further information:

Shellie Bird
Code Blue campaign coordinator
613-233-0228
e-mail: codeblue4cc@gmail.com

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