Childcare and Family Support

HKCSS "Study on Child Care Services for Low Income Families in Hong Kong" [2015]

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In view of persistent poverty and the lack of service planning, ZeShan Foundation supported the Hong Kong Council of Social Service (HKCSS) to conduct an in-depth landscape study on childcare services for low-income families in Hong Kong. ZeShan recognizes the importance of improving childcare: it does not only benefit the child, but also empowers women, supports families, alleviates poverty, and improves long-term social development. 

The "Study on Child Care Services for Low Income Families in Hong Kong", completed in late 2014, maps out the service landscape, needs and gaps, questioning dichotomies such as family care vs. institutional care and education vs. care. It advocates for an integrated approach that takes child development, women's advancement and family wellbeing into consideration. Recommendations include increasing the provision of services in urgent demand such as Standalone Child Care Centres, and improving existing child care facilities such as after-school services.
 

Since the 1991 White Paper, the government has not made any attempt to re-assess the child care need arising from demographic and socio-economic changes. Many service providers in the interviews reflected that the policy assumption upheld by the government on child care still adhered to the belief of family responsibility, which often entailed a gender 
division of labour against women. 
 

Furthermore, these providers considered that the government tended to treat the education need and the care need of children as separate items and managed by different government departments while they should be conceived as a whole, as the term "educare" reflects. ” ——The Study

 


 
In December 2014, a press conference was held to present key findings ahead of the 2015 Policy Address. 
 
In March 2015, ZeShan co-organized with HKCSS a seminar on "Building Collective Impact – Enhancing Development of Child Care Services in Hong Kong through Cross-Sectoral Support", as well as hosted a Hong Kong Foundations Exchange breakfast meeting to present the study findings to over 30 funders.

In April 2015, the HKCSS research team met with the 
Legislative Council’s Subcommittee on Poverty and the Social Welfare Department to present the study findings and recommendations.

In May 2015, the full report along with a Donor's Guide were published and distributed through various channels.
 


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