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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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New parents and child care survey 20 Jan 2017 | Canada
The Childcare Resource and Research Unit is conducting a survey of parents and parents-to-be across Canada who are (or whose partner is) expecting a baby or on paid or unpaid maternity/parental leave. We are studying how parents make plans for child care to help develop strategies for helping families find child care arrangements. This anonymous survey should take no longer than 15 minutes to complete. Please help us to circulate the survey, either by passing it on yourself to appropriate individuals or groups, through social media, by putting a link to it on your website or in a newsletter, or through other means. Please find links to the questionnaire, available in English and French, on this page as well as attached survey logos that can be used in your outreach strategies.
The economic consequences of family policies: Lessons from a century of legislation in high-income countries 26 Apr 2017 | International
International paper tracks family policies affecting female employment, gender wage gaps and fertility from the late 19th century through to today. An evaluation of government spending on early childhood education and care reveals it had the single biggest effect on boosting women's employment, decreasing gender pay gaps and boosting fertility rates.
The future of childcare in London: Devolving funding for greater affordability, access and equality 26 Apr 2017 | Europe
New article makes the case that London's lack of access to affordable child care is keeping mothers, especially low income mothers, out of employment. London is uniquely impacted by high child care costs, lack of spaces and not enough supports requiring specialist education for young children. Authors suggest child care funding be decentralized and instead be drawn from London's business taxes for supply side funding to improve services. Policy recommendations are made for the short, medium and long term.
Integrated early childhood education and care: Results of a European survey and literature review 26 Apr 2017 | Europe
This report maps the degree to which early childhood education and care (ECEC) programs and services within EU member states are considered integrated across age groups and sectors and discusses the importance of integration for quality. Authors place emphasis on those populations most affected by fragmented ECEC services; namely, migrant and Roma children, children with special needs and those living in poverty. The report delineates essential policy issues as well as goals and key criteria for improved integration.
Twelve flawed statements of the Fraser Institute on Quebec’s childcare program 20 Apr 2017 | Canada
This short paper by Quebec economist Pierre Fortin analyzes and corrects arguments raised against Quebec's child care system as the exemplar of a universal approach. He presents data and research to counter what he calls "flawed statements" covering 12 points including: the province's still-long waiting lists; the program's negative impact on child development; whether fathers' employment fell as mothers' rose; and whether the public costs of the program have been "explosive".

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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