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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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Proposed changes to Ontario child care regulations 2016: Phase 2 10 Feb 2016 | Ontario
A new phase of regulation changes has recently been posted in Ontario. Proposed changes include changes to age groups affecting ratios and group sizes, caseloads for monitoring home child care, exempt status for regulation of school-age centres and two-tiered licensing, among others. The Ontario Government is asking for public response to these changes until April 1st 2016.
In for a pound: The relationship between staff wages and Ofsted grades in group-based childcare provision 10 Feb 2016 | Europe
A new study by the Family and Childcare Trust has found a strong link between staff pay and quality in nurseries in England, with a pay increase of just under £1 an hour difference between childcare settings with a ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ grade. The authors find that higher pay often produces higher quality provision.
Gender equal family policy and continued childbearing in Iceland, Norway and Sweden 10 Feb 2016 | International
Recent study using data covering the total population in Iceland, Norway and Sweden considers cross-national variations in the relationship between fathers’ parental leave use and continued childbearing concluding that families are more likely to have two or more children if fathers are engaged in the child rearing process. The authors however note that the division of domestic labour and use of fathers' parental leave does not necessarily ensure gender equality in the Nordic countries.
Closing the gap: Progress and priorities report 2016 10 Feb 2016 | Australia and New Zealand
The Close the Gap Campaign has released its' 2016 progress and priorities report on the health and well-being of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Australia. The report outlines what targets are being met and which are not mainly in areas of health. The report notes that significant funding and social infrastructure is needed to continue to meet targets. Of note, the report sets out the new goal of getting 95% of all Indigenous four-year-olds, not just those in remote communities, enrolled in preschool by 2025.
Can Canadian women have it all? How limited access to affordable child care restricts freedom and choice 3 Feb 2016 | Canada
New essay provides an historical account of the attempts made to implement a universal child care policy in Canada. Further, the author explores the efforts made by the feminist movement and women’s advocates to establish a universal child care system while shedding light on the effects child care has on women, their families, and society.

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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