Growing Minds: Building Quality Childcare Options in Rural Communities

Last Updated: February 3, 2014

  (Principal Investigator)

The Building Quality Child Care Options in Rural Communities project was initiated to address the difficulties experienced by families of young children in the rural Saskatchewan communities of Humboldt and the surrounding area.

SPHERU researcher Diane Martz and her colleague Reva Bauer conducted the research when Martz was with the Centre for Rural Studies and Enrichment in 2005.

Goals / Outcomes: The main objectives included exploring the barriers and issues for rural families in accessing child care and early learning opportunities for children under the age of 6 years; learning from evidence-based practice how to foster and strengthen child care options and transmit this knowledge to rural communities; working with community groups to develop action plans that will impact factors such as affordability and availability of quality child care; and seeking means by which to assist rural communities in the development and support of quality child care options.

The work included a literature review, a review of government policies and practices, interviews with child care workers, community mapping of variables that affect early childhood development and learning, focus groups and community discussions.

The project resulted in a report and action plan to address the difficulties of rural families in accessing child care and early learning opportunities in rural Saskatchewan.

Funder: Province of Saskatchewan/Regional Intersectoral Committee (Prevention and Support Grant)

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