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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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Changes to Maternity/Parental Leave Benefits 15 Nov 2017 | Canada
The changes announced this week to Employment Insurance maternity and parental leave benefits in Canada stimulated considerable public debate. Questions arose regarding eligibility, duration, payment, gender issues, and the alignment of parental leave with affordable child care. This page presents the new policies, responses and associated news coverage.
Children's representations of cultural scripts in play: Facilitating transition from home to preschool in an intercultural early learning program for refugee children 15 Nov 2017 | International
Article investigates how play can be used as a means of integrating refugee children into early learning environments in ways that preserve existing capacities, languages and cultural identities while forming new connections and sense of belonging. Authors emphasize the role of adults in influencing play and best practices for integrating multicultural contexts in ways that benefit children.
Missing the mark: Federal midterm report card 15 Nov 2017 | Canada
Recently released report from CCPA analyzes the federal government's progress in 16 policy areas since they were elected two years ago. Evaluation is based on the commitments that were made, action taken, and progressive policy options as presented by CCPA. On childcare, the government received a "D" grade, due to inadequate funding to improve parent fees and support the infrastructure needed for a functioning system. Recommendations are made.
Unequal city: The hidden divide among Toronto’s children and youth 15 Nov 2017 | Ontario
New report from Social Planning Toronto draws on the most recent Census Data to paint a portrait of child poverty in Toronto. Analysis reveals that racialized groups are twice as likely to experience poverty compared to non-racialized groups. Inequitable access to basic supports and services such as child care are highlighted as a major barrier to overcoming income inequality.
Let the children play: Nature's answer to early learning 8 Nov 2017 | International
This article, published by the Canadian Council on Learning, underscores the value of play (both indoor and outdoor), drawing on the evidence for long-term developmental benefits. The need to defend play in light of emphasis on school readiness in dominant discourses is also made explicit.

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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