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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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Manitoba government moves ahead on commission to address more universally accessible early learning and child care 25 Mar 2015 | Manitoba
Kathleen Flanagan and Jane Beach team up to complete the Early Learning and Child-care Commission’s work, which will include analyzing Manitoba’s current system. “The commission will develop options for a redesign in the context of universally accessible, licensed, early learning and child care for parents who need and want it.” The final report is anticipated to be release in January 2016.
Samara's Democracy 360 25 Mar 2015 | Canada
Samara, a non-partisan advocacy group that promotes increased “citizen engagement” and a closer connection by Canadians to their political system, has released a report card on the state of Canada's democracy, focusing on the complex relationship between citizens and political leadership. Canada received a “C” because Canadians are not participating in politics as much as they could and do not see their leaders as influential or believe they are affected by them. “Canada requires a culture shift towards "everyday democracy," in which citizens feel politics is a way to make change in the country and their voices are heard.”
Market work and motherhood decisions in contexts 25 Mar 2015 | Europe
Discussion paper published by The Institute for the Study of Labor “explores the impact of social policies and labour market characteristics on women's decisions regarding work and childbearing”. Among their findings are that ”while labour market arrangements, such as part-time opportunities (when well-paid and protected), have a larger impact on the outcomes of women with higher educational levels, childcare and optional parental leaves have a larger impact on the fertility and participation decisions of women at lower educational levels.”
Should day care be subsidized? 25 Mar 2015 | International
Report by Domeija and Klein emphasizes the need for subsidizing child care. The findings suggest that this “would make mothers work significantly more, leading to a sizeable welfare gain by moving the economy toward a more efficient trade-off between consumption and leisure.”
(Un)Equal protection: Why gender equality depends on discrimination 25 Mar 2015 | United States
Keith Cunningham-Parmeter of Willamette University argues that in order to fix the problem of women being paid and promoted less, American men need a bonus. It is emphasised that men should receive what those in other countries are receiving: extra paid leave, for dad and mom, if they spend time at home with a newborn. The study concludes stating that “By inducing men to step out of their entrenched parental roles, fatherhood bonuses can send a strong, state-sponsored message that the decision to take parental leave represents a safe way to be a man.”

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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