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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.
Engaging Alberta municipal level governments in support of early learning and care 21 Feb 2017 | Alberta
Recent paper from the Muttart Foundation raises questions in order to generate discussion on the possible roles Alberta municipal level governments might play, and the responsibilities they might take on, to advance early learning and care (ELC) in the province with a focus on greater public management, planning and delivery of child care services.
Early learning and childcare delivering for disadvantaged children in England 21 Feb 2017 | Europe
2016 report reviews the impact of early years policies in England to date and considers the current outlook for disadvantaged children and the threat to their provision under the new 30-hour entitlement policy. Authors highlight that the government has pursued a mixed-market approach to the delivery of early learning and childcare thus creating a disparity in provider quality. The report puts forward thirteen recommendations for improvement including significant increases in capital funding grants.
Early childhood education curricula: Human rights and citizenship in early childhood education 21 Feb 2017 | International
2016 study examines human rights and the notion of citizenship in early childhood environments. Using a sample of 100 children, researchers introduced the concept of citizenship and human rights through a intervention program. They assessed children's responses and involvement in the intervention activities. Findings include that children seem to understand the concept of human rights and citizenship. They understood their participation in school and their local community as a social obligation and a human right.
Child care: A critical work support for families 21 Feb 2017 | United States
Recent report from the Dallas Women's Foundation considers the essential building blocks that are critical to women’s economic security including child care. Authors provide an overview of current child care options in Texas and policy recommendations for strengthening child care options to support the financial security of working women.

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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