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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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Better jobs for mums and dads 20 Sep 2017 | Europe
Flexible working practices are causing young mums and dads real difficulties. Current report found that lower income parents didn't feel like “work-life balance”, “family friendly work” and “flexible working” applied to them. They thought these were for other people – women with children who worked in offices, in better-paying jobs, who could afford to reduce their pay. Parents did not know about the rights already in law – and worse, they couldn't imagine taking them up, because they were afraid to do so.
An examination of the role and responsibilities of kindergarten in multidisciplinary collaboration on behalf of children with severe disabilities 20 Sep 2017 | Europe
2014 study examines the role and responsibilities of Norwegian kindergarten (i.e., preschool for ages 0–6 years) from the perspective of participants involved in multidisciplinary collaboration on behalf of children with severe disabilities and their families. Findings are discussed in relation to two contrasting views of the kindergarten professional as an early childhood expert and as a compassionate caregiver who, in many ways, functions as an extension of the parental role.
Increasing access to early childhood education and care in Canada: The case for a more equitable system for Canadians under 5 19 Sep 2017 | Canada
Recent graduate research explores the history of child care policy in Canada and examines its current system through the use of system maps and infographics. Other nations’ philosophy and delivery of early childhood education and care is explored and common criticisms of public investment in ECEC are tackled to demonstrate how high quality ECEC has shown to not only be self-financing but can yield a high return on investment. Finally this project proposes a revised way to allocate existing public funds in order to deliver a universal ECEC system in Canada.
The key characteristics of Danish/Nordic child care culture 19 Sep 2017 | Europe
As globalization has escalated over the years, interest in studying the differences and similarities between child care in a range of countries and cultures has also increased. The present chapter highlights what characterizes the special Danish/Nordic tradition in everyday child care practices – the homely atmosphere, the informality and personal relationships between pedagogues and children, and the children’s freedom to play and influence everyday life.
Power and resistance in early childhood education: From dominant discourse to democratic experimentalism 13 Sep 2017 | International
In his most recent article, Peter Moss urges those active in the re-conceptualizing movement to go beyond discussion and to strategize for change. Moss conceives of how a resistance movement could further develop, offering viable alternatives to the dominant discourses of early childhood education currently revolving around hegemonic neo-liberal ideals.

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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