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[book cover] Alberta’s Day Care Controversy

Tom Langford

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January 2011

9781926836027 (Paperback)
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Canadian Studies / History / History: Canada / History: Western / Labour Studies / Public Policy / Sociology


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About the Book

Day care in Alberta has had a remarkably durable history as a controversial issue. Since the late 1950s, disputes over day care programs, policies, and funding have been a recurring feature of political life in the province.

Alberta’s Day Care Controversy traces the development of day care policies and programs in Alberta, with particular emphasis on policy decisions and program initiatives that have provoked considerable debate and struggle among citizens. For most of Alberta’s first fifty years as a province, day care was treated as a private rather than a public issue. Beginning in the late 1950s, however, debates about day care began to appear regularly on the public record. Dr. Tom Langford brings to light the public controversies that occurred during the last four decades of the twentieth century and the first decade of the new millennium, placing contemporary issues in historical context and anticipating the elements of future policy struggles.

About the Author

Tom Langford is an associate professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Calgary. His research focuses on globalization, labour, and the politics of early learning and child care.





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Download1. Introduction: Research Strategy, Themes, and Scope

Download2. Early Efforts to Organize Day Nurseries, 1908–45

Download3. The 1960s: Citizen Action, Civil Servants, and Municipal Initiatives Lead the Way

Download4. The 1970s: Governments Fund High-Quality Day Cares as Preventive Social Services

Download5. Years of Turmoil, 1979–82: A New System for Day Care Is Born

Download6. From Corporatized Chains to "Mom and Pop" Centres: Diversity in Commercial Day Care

Download7. Day Care in Question, 1984–99

เกมส์ยิงปลาออนไลน์Download8. Municipalities and Lighthouse Child Care, 1980–99

Download9. Day Care into the Future: Trends, Patterns, Recent Developments, and Unresolved Issues

DownloadAppendix A: Supplementary Tables

เกมส์ยิงปลาออนไลน์DownloadAppendix B: List of Taped Interviews





“This is a carefully crafted, meticulously researched gem of a book exploring the history and intrigues of Alberta’s controversies and struggles concerning child care, focused on the period since the 1960s. ... [Tom Langford] makes these controversies lively, detailed, and personal. ... The themes that echo so strongly through political debates in this book are likely to be part of Canada’s future as well as Alberta’s past.”

—Gordon Cleveland, Great Plains Research