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The Childcare Resource and Research Unit is an early childhood education and child care (ECEC) policy research institute with a mandate to further ECEC policy and programs in Canada.

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Women's economic, social and cultural rights in Canada: 2006-2015 26 Jul 2016 | Canada
Recent report from the Canadian Feminist Alliance for International Action (FAFIA) reflects on the economic, social and cultural rights of Canadian women in the past decade noting that the Government of Canada, under the Harper administration, often failed to respect, protect and fulfill these rights. FAFIA outlines quality child care as key in improving the working conditions of women and recommends that the current Government of Canada fulfill its election promise to begin building a National Early Learning and Child Care Framework.
Access to quality, affordable early learning and child care 26 Jul 2016 | Alberta
2015 brief from The Women’s Centre considers the lack of access to affordable, quality early learning and child care in Calgary. The brief highlights consultation comments from mothers who are struggling with barriers to accessible child care including unaffordable fees, lack of spaces and limited full-day kindergarten programs.
Early childhood policies and systems in eight countries: Findings from IEA’s early childhood education study 26 Jul 2016 | International
Recent report from the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA) considers early childhood education provision in eight countries. Information about the wider policy context for ECE was collected with an aim to provide an overview of policy strategies, as well as the systemic and structural results of ECE policy at national and subnational levels. Key findings in the areas of public policy; delivery models and providers; participation and enrollment; supporting quality in ECE; and expectations for child outcomes are explored.
2016-2017 Public Policy Agenda 26 Jul 2016 | United States
2015 agenda from Child Care Aware of America considers the documented issues associated with child care in the United States including expensive fees, inadequate child care provider compensation and quality of care that varies widely by state. The agenda outlines recommendations for Congress that can address these issues such as increased public funding and oversight as well as child care that addresses the needs of parents who work non-standard hours.
Beyond baby steps: Planning for a national child care system 20 Jul 2016 | Canada
New article published in Policy Options considers the importance of the federal governments role in designing a national child care plan. Authors present what the current system is lacking and ways to improve it. They conclude that "by moving beyond baby steps to planning a national child care system, the Trudeau government can help lead the development of a child care system that works for all of us."

Many social programs support families, but child care is the backbone of them all.

— National Council of Welfare, Preschool Children: Promises to Keep , 1999

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