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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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Upstream childcare policy change: Lessons from Canada 24 Aug 2016 | Canada
Recent article published in Australian Educational Leader outlines how a group of Manitoba early childhood educators, allies and activists tackled the province’s childcare policy architecture through an innovative campaign. As a result, the provincial government set up a commission aimed at providing a road map for moving to universal child care. The author reviews the Manitoba campaign, suggesting that Australia may learn lessons from this example as the countries share similarities in their approaches to child care policy.
The OECD’s International Early Learning Study: Opening for debate and contestation 24 Aug 2016 | International
January 2016 working paper calls on early childhood education communities around the world to consider the impacts of the International Early Learning Study, a OECD cross-national assessment of early learning outcomes involving the testing of five-year-old children in participating countries. The authors outline the assumptions, practices and possible effects this study may have. They call for a more democratic and comparative approach to education that provokes thought rather than regulates performance.
Defining and measuring quality in home-based care settings 24 Aug 2016 | United States
2010 report published by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services considers the importance of developing measures that accurately assess quality in home-based child care settings. Authors note that when designing and evaluating quality measures in these settings, the unique characteristics and variability of home-based care including mixed age groups, supports for parents, and different provider characteristics, must be considered.
Nunavik's labour market and educational attainment paradox 24 Aug 2016 | Quebec
Recent paper examines the labour force participation in Nunavik, the northern Québec region of Inuit Nunangat. The authors find that public sector job provision and child care availability and cost appear to have the most important impact on Nunavik’s labour market outcomes. They note that both the ample supply of child care and the low cost have contributed to large increases in female labour force participation since 1996.
No time to lose: How to build a world-class education system state by state 16 Aug 2016 | United States
New report from the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) compares the state of U.S. educational systems with that of other countries. The NCSL find that the U.S. educational systems are falling dangerously behind other developed nations and observes that if they do not make changes, they will struggle to compete economically against developing nations. Suggestions from the NCSL to improve the state of education in the U.S. include building a team and setting priorities, studying and learning from top performing countries and then creating a shared state- wide vision and setting benchmark policies to being reform of the U.S. educational systems.

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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