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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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Public funding, private delivery: States, markets, and early childhood education and care in liberal welfare states – A comparison of Australia, the UK, Quebec, and New Zealand 11 Jan 2017 | International
2012 article considers the social investment experiences in Australia, the UK, Quebec, and New Zealand that suggest governments often make choices about financing and delivery of early childhood education and care services that do not match their human capital development goals. The authors find that human capital benefits have not developed "because of the kinds of investments that are being made - particularly government reliance on private providers without strong regulatory regimes capable of ensuring high quality services."
Expenditures on children by families 2015 11 Jan 2017 | United States
New report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture provides estimates of expenditures on children from birth through age 17. This report presents the most recent estimates for married couple and single-parent families and uses the Consumer Expenditure Survey to calculate annual child-rearing expenses. Findings include that expenses vary considerably by household income level, region, and composition. Authors note that these results can support the development of child support and foster care guidelines, as well as public health and family-centered educational programs.
Early moments matter 11 Jan 2017 | International
UNICEF has launched a new campaign aimed at increasing awareness about the importance of the first 1,000 days of a child’s life and the impact of early experiences. The campaign provides digital and print resources for parents and caregivers in order to encourage them to provide their children with the best possible start in life. This campaign is part of UNICEF’s broader program on early childhood development.
State(s) of Head Start 11 Jan 2017 | United States
Recent report from The National Institute for Early Education Research provides a detailed description and analysis of Head Start enrollment, funding, quality, and duration, state-by-state. The report focuses on the 2014-2015 program year but also provides longitudinal data beginning with the 2006-2007 program year. The report reveals that access to Head Start programs, funding per child, teacher education, quality of teaching, and duration of services all vary widely by state underscoring the need for greater coordination between Head Start and state and local government agencies to build high-quality early learning programs.
How do educators and perceptions of role and policies influence healthy eating-active living environments for preschool children in child care 11 Jan 2017 | Alberta
Recent masters thesis from the University of Alberta considers preschool children and the role that early childhood educators play in shaping the healthy lifestyle habits of these children. A case study design was used to understand the influence child care educators have in promoting healthy eating and physical activity to preschool children in child care centres, including their knowledge of the Alberta Nutrition Guidelines for Children and Youth (ANGCY). Findings indicated not all child care educators were aware of the ANGCY yet most understood the importance of role modeling behaviours and the promotion of a healthy environment for the children in their care.

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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