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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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OECD's IELS wasted opportunity, democratic deficit 25 Apr 2018 | International
This PowerPoint presentation, given at a seminar in London on 8 February 2018 organised by the Early Childhood Degrees Network, takes a critical view of OECD's International Early Learning Study, arguing that it has suffered from a democratic deficit since its inception and raises a number of causes for concern.
Cities connecting children to nature 25 Apr 2018 | United States
This resource is the result of a pilot project that took place seven cities in the United States (2016-17), that sought to reduce disparities in children's access to nature; which research shows is impacted by income level and race. Here, diverse strategies addressing policy, urban planning, funding, and community engagement, among others are discussed in order to better connect children to nature.
Parental leave regulations and the persistence of the male breadwinner model: Using fuzzy set ideal type analysis to access gender equality in an enlarged europe 25 Apr 2018 | Europe
This article analyzed leave policies using data from statutory leave regulations from the EU project QUING. The data was analyzed using fuzzy set ideal type analysis to explore the extent that leave regulations promote transformations of gender roles in paid and unpaid work. 1/3 of the countries had policies based on tradition gender roles with long, poorly compensated leave.
What makes Quebec such an outlier on child care? 25 Apr 2018 | Canada
Authors present an English version of a previous article, examining the question why Quebec is unique in its advancement on child care policies and programs compared to the rest of Canadian provinces. Three interdependent hypotheses are presented, including the political climate, and consensus that child care is a provincial responsibility. The importance of including the middle class in child-care reforms was highlighted as this is believed to make reforms more resilient through changes of political parties.
Ontario NDP platform: Change for the better 18 Apr 2018 | Ontario
The Ontario NDP's new campaign platform features significant investments in child care. The party has promised: to allocate public funds towards the expansion of not-for-profit and public ECEC; free child care for households with an income of $40,000 or less, with the remainder of user fees determined by a sliding scale dependent on income (average fee estimated at $12/day); fair wages for early childhood staff; and no change to existing subsidies. See page 12 for the child care section and page 89 for the fiscal plan.

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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