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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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A road map to eradicate child & family poverty 30 Nov 2016 | Canada
Campaign 2000 has released its’ 2016 Annual Report Card on Child and Family Poverty in Canada. The report card highlights reasons why the federal government needs to adopt a child and family poverty reduction lens to apply to all policy, program and spending decisions. It provides multiple policy solutions as a road map to guide eradication including the development of a universal, high quality, comprehensive early childhood education and care program in Canada. More information about this can be found on page 11 of the report.
2016 Gideon Rosenbluth Memorial Lecture with Pierre Fortin 30 Nov 2016 | Quebec
Recent lecture by Pierre Fortin, hosted by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, presented a summary and discussion of Quebec's child care reform between 1997 and 2000 which sought to provide universal coverage for all children from ages 0 to 5 at a fixed fee. The impact of these reforms and policy alternatives are explored. Please find audio of this lecture as well as presentation slides on this page.
Money, love and identity: Initial findings from the National ECEC Workforce Study 30 Nov 2016 | Australia and New Zealand
May 2016 report presents information shared as part of a policy workshop on the initial findings from the National ECEC Workforce Study in Australia. The aim of the ongoing study is to identify personal, professional and workforce factors that influence the recruitment, retention and engagement of educators in centre-based early childhood education and care (ECEC) services. This report provides a summary of the initial study findings and also draws together key points from conversations held throughout the workshop capturing participants' responses, observations and insights on emerging themes and their implications for ECEC policy and practice.
Child-centred educational practice in different early education settings: Associations with professionals’ attitudes, self-efficacy, and professional background 29 Nov 2016 | Europe
Recent journal article investigated whether educator beliefs (self-efficacy and attitudes) mediate the impact of professional background on child-centred educational practice. A total of 265 professionals from different early education and care settings participated. Results suggest that self-efficacy positively predicts educational practice, while professionals’ attitudes are not associated with educational practice. As well, family daycare providers who participated reported lower self-efficacy and lower levels of child-centred educational practice than other professionals. These results suggest that promoting knowledge of teaching approaches may be a promising way to promote early childhood educators’ child-centred educational practice through increasing their self-efficacy.
How are Canadians really doing? The 2016 CIW national report 23 Nov 2016 | Canada
The Canadian Index of Wellbeing (CIW) has launched its 3rd national report examining trends in eight domains of wellbeing from 1994 to 2014. The report provides a comprehensive analysis of what Canadians see as vital to their quality of life. The CIW reports on fluctuations in community vitality, democratic engagement, leisure and culture, education, environment, healthy populations and time use to measure what matters most to Canadians. Of note, researchers found that despite improvements, child care in Canada remains inadequate; there are only child care spaces to cover one in four children in regulated centre-based 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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