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U of T conference explores public policy affecting childrenRBC Chairs in Public and Economic Policy and in Applied Social Research present their views

October 23, 2006

Public policy and the well-being of children in Canada is the theme of Securing the Future of Our Children, a one-day conference at the University of Toronto on Thursday, October 26.

The conference will feature a keynote address by the Honourable Margaret Norrie McCain, former Lieutenant-Governor of New Brunswick and longtime advocate for early child development policy and program initiatives in Canada, on the topic "Society’s Role in the Optimal Development of Children."

Featured topics for the seminar sessions are:

• "The Effects of Non-Parental Care: Evidence from Two Recent Policy Innovations"
Michael Baker, RBC Chair in Public and Economic Policy, Department of Economics, Faculty of Arts and Science

• "Keeping Our Children Safe: Protecting Them from Cyber Abuse"
Faye Mishna, McCain Chair in Child and Family, Faculty of Social Work

• "Linking Policy Research and Policy Outcomes: The Early Learning and Child Care Policy Community and Its Impact on Policy Making"
Linda White, Department of Political Science, Faculty of Arts and Science

• "Child Care Centre Quality: What Counts and How Do We Count It?"
Michal Perlman, Department of Human Development and Applied Psychology, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE/UT)

The conference runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the William Doo Auditorium, New College, 45 Willcocks Street.

The conference is a presentation of the RBC Chair in Public and Economic Policy and the RBC Chair in Applied Social Work Research in association with the School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Toronto.



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