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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 importance of facility quality in early education 9 Aug 2017 | United States
This special report is part of the "Early Education Matters" series highlighting the importance of facilities and programming in early childhood education.
Sustaining fertility through public policy: The range of options 9 Aug 2017 | International
2002 journal article examines theories of low fertility and argues a market-based economy is a large contributor to low birth rates. The paper stresses political action through financial incentives, work and family incentives and broad social change supportive of children and parenting.
Effects of child–caregiver ratio on the interactions between caregivers and children in child-care centres: An experimental study 8 Aug 2017 | Europe
2006 study from the Netherlands found a child-caregiver ratio of 3:1 produced a significantly higher quality of caregiver-child interaction than a ratio of 5:1 and particularly for younger children. Significant and meaningful effects were found for both the interactive behaviours of the caregivers and the children's well-being and cooperation.
Fertility: Fewer children, older moms 8 Aug 2017 | Canada
Statistics Canada report on the fertility patterns of Canadian women since the mid-1800s.
CCAAC submission to the Standing Committee on Finance: Pre-budget consultation, 2018 2 Aug 2017 | Canada
Public consultation for the 2018 federal budget are underway. The Child Care Advocacy Association of Canada has submitted a brief to the Standing Committee on Finance, maintaining the groups' longstanding support for a high quality, accessible, inclusive, comprehensive child care system and presenting new evidence showing its productivity-linked benefits.

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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