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The importance of the family undergirds many current policy debates including inequality, poverty, and child care. Unfortunately, we don’t want to talk about it, according to Nobel Laureate James Heckman, as Cardus Family Senior Fellow, Andrea Mrozek writes in this blog post featured by Institute for Family Studies.
Parental mindsets have shifted during this extraordinary year. COVID-19 has changed the habits of those in the work force, but parents of very young children have been especially hard hit. Prior to the pandemic, many parents were using childcare services for reasons of work and study. Changing situations demand that one-size-fits-all solutions, especially for Canadian families, whose childcare needs and desires range across a wide spectrum, should be viewed with suspicion, and this file should be relegated to the back burner until the new normal reveals its contours.
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