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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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Federal budget 2015 22 Apr 2015 | Canada
Links to the full text of the 2015 federal budget and a collection of responses compiled by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.
The working poor in the Toronto region: Mapping working poverty in Canada’s richest city 22 Apr 2015 | Ontario
Report from the Metcalf Foundation confirms the “Manhattanization” of Toronto, wherein for the first time the core of the city is experiencing a decline in the proportion of residents who are working poor, and the inner and outer suburbs are experiencing significant increases. The report calls for continued efforts to develop ways to help the working poor, including strategies for affordable housing, accessible public transit, and a labour market that can provide good stable jobs among low-wage earners.
Piecemeal solutions get piecemeal results: Addressing wages in regulated child care in Ontario 22 Apr 2015 | Ontario
Article from the spring issue of the AECEO's eceLink magazine provides an interesting timeline of pay equity and the child care sector in Ontario. The authors examine what has been done to improve wages for the ECEC workforce and how effective these initiatives have been for achieving professional wages.
The case for national child care 22 Apr 2015 | Canada
Interview with child care advocates Carolyn Ferns and Lyndsay Macdonald lays out significant policy-based arguments for a national child care program in Canada. The advocates discuss the way things are now, the way things could be, and why child care should be top of mind as our next federal election inches closer.
A publicly funded child care system is key to closing the gender wage gap 20 Apr 2015 | Ontario
Following a 2014 election promise, Premier Kathleen Wynne mandated the Minister of Labour to develop a strategy to close Ontario’s gender wage gap. On Equal Pay Day 2015, a joint statement by three key Ontario child care groups (OCBCC, AECEO, CRRU) explains briefly why and how a publicly-funded child care system is key to success for this strategy.

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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