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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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What we want in an early learning and child care framework for Canada 22 Jun 2016 | Canada
New document from the Child Care Advocacy Association of Canada (CCAAC) expresses concern that new negotiations for federal child care funding and a National Early Learning and Child Care Framework may result in mere bolstering of the current patchwork approach. The CCAAC states what they do want and outlines what the new Framework must address including a commitment to provide long-term sustained federal funding to ensure affordable, high-quality services among other things.
Early childhood education and care for Canada 22 Jun 2016 | Canada
New position statement from the Canadian Public Health Association calls on the Federal government to work with provinces and territories to establish a pan-Canadian early childhood education and care strategy. This strategy should include: ECEC services that focus on the delivery of stimulating learning and physical environments that support child development, universal access, targeted federal funding to support program development and provider education and increased provincial and territorial oversight and regulation of ECEC providers.
We need a more affordable Canada 22 Jun 2016 | Canada
In this recent talk, Armine Yalnizyan addresses the idea that income inequality is not only about money and how policy action against structural inequalities can help address health inequity in Canada and improve well-being across the nation. She notes that child care, education, expanded health care and housing need to be tackled in ways that de-marketize them which, in turn, increases solidarity among Canadians by giving them greater access to public services.
Women’s opportunities under different family policy constellations: Gender, class, and inequality tradeoffs in western countries re-examined 22 Jun 2016 | International
2013 journal article explores the interaction of socio-economic class and different types of family policies on gender inequalities in terms of agency and economic inequality in 18 OECD countries. The authors identify multiple dimensions in family policies, reflecting the extent to which legislation supports mothers’ paid work or supports traditional homemaking. Results indicate that while major negative family policy effects for women with tertiary education are difficult to find in countries with well-developed policies supporting women’s employment and work/family reconciliation, family policies clearly differ in the extent to which they improve opportunities for women without university education.
Early childhood teacher education policies: Research review and state trends 22 Jun 2016 | United States
Recent paper from the Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes [U.S.] provides a review of research on ECE workforce education and credentials as well as research on the current status of ECE wages, recruitment and retention challenges. The paper describes promising practices employed by some states designed to retain educated and credentialed ECE teachers. It concludes with recommended actions and strategies regarding approaches that states can use to recruit and retain teachers with higher levels of education.

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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