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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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The precarity penalty: Employment precarity’s impact on individuals, families and communities and what to do about it 27 May 2015 | Ontario
PEPSO has just launched its newest report, The precarity penalty: Employment precarity’s impact on individuals, families and communities and what to do about it. This report confirms that precarious employment is a significant feature of our labour market. As many as 44% of working adults are in jobs with some level of precarity. Many in precarious employment face significant barriers in getting ahead or in moving into better opportunities. Lack of training and inability to access childcare can trap workers in low-paying, insecure employment.
Prices charged in early care and education: Initial findings from the National Survey of Early Care and Education 27 May 2015 | United States
Brief from the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation presents data from the National Survey of Early Care and Education (NSECE) on prices charged for early care and education (ECE) by center- and home-based providers. The NSECE is a set of four integrated, nationally representative surveys conducted in 2012.
The motherhood pay gap: A review of the issues, theory and international evidence 27 May 2015 | International
Working paper from International Labour Organization (ILO) addresses the motherhood wage gap and finds evidence that mothers suffer a wage penalty over and above the penalty for being a woman. The capacity of societies to manage a sustainable balance between their economic aims of active female workforce participation and the social aims of supporting the reproduction and rearing of children is questioned.
The status of women in the United States 27 May 2015 | United States
This report from Institute for Women's Policy Research provides data on women’s progress in 50 states. The child care component of the work and family composite index focuses on three indicators: the costs of full-time center care for an infant; the share of four-year-olds who are in publicly funded Pre-K, Headstart, and Special Education; and policies in place to ensure quality of Pre-K care.
Child care and early childhood education in Australia 20 May 2015 | Australia and New Zealand
This 2015 fact sheet from Australian Institute of Family Studies presents information about the types of child care used by children in Australia, highlighting how arrangements change as children grow, and how they vary for families of different characteristics.

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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