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About the Childcare Resource and Research Unit

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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ChildCare2020: Canada’s 4th national policy conference 19 Nov 2014 | Canada
The ChildCare2020 conference in Winnipeg Nov 13-15 2014 was a huge success. After two and a half days of discussion and collaboration, it is very clear that we are all ready for a national child care program. There was immense enthusiasm and solidarity on the need to build on the vision, energy and messages of ChildCare2020.
Research, Evidence and Policy: Mobilizing Knowledge 19 Nov 2014 | Canada
A tremendously successful one-day research conference was held on November 13 in Winnipeg, preceding ChildCare2020. The conference was organized by the Moving Child Care Forward Project funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada's Connections program. It presented 26 panel presentations and nine poster presentations by academic, government and independent ECEC researchers in multiple disciplines. Visit for more information.
Opposition day motion:child care 19 Nov 2014 | Ontario
NDP and Liberal Caucuses carry motion to "partner with the federal government to ensure that every parent in Ontario has access to child care at a cost of no more than $15 a day per child".
Response re: Bill 10 19 Nov 2014 | Ontario
CRRU's response to Bill 10 is supportive of the overall intent and direction of the legislation and argues that, "much more is needed to even begin to address children’s basic safety and protection, let alone the universal, high quality early childhood education and care that should be the hallmark of the Ontario Ministry of Education".
Families at the centre: What do low income families say about care and education for their young children? 19 Nov 2014 | Australia and New Zealand
Study from the Social Policy Research Centrem UNSW explored how ECEC fits into the lives of low-income families with children below school age. The findings point to the need for "flexible, responsive services that have wide horizons and are not narrowly focused on the education and care of children"

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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