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About the Childcare Resource and Research Unit

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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About Canada: Childcare by Martha Friendly and Susan Prentice

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Wage increase for Ontario child care workers 23 Apr 2014 | Ontario
The Ontario government has announced a wage enhancement for Early Childhood Educators and other child care workers.
Parental perceptions of quality in early care and education 23 Apr 2014 | United States
Research brief from Child Trends (US) describes findings from the Minnesota Child Care Choices study. Findings indicate that, "parents' values about constructs of early care and education quality mirror the public emphasis on children's development over the last 20 years, which has focused on promoting children's cognitive readiness for school throughout the majority of that time, and children's social-emotional readiness for school only more recently".
Everything we know about early childhood has changed since Head Start 23 Apr 2014 | United States
Article from The Atlantic magazine examines the history and legacy of Head Start and other US interventions to help children in poverty.
Exploration of the status of services for immigrant families in early childhood education programs 23 Apr 2014 | International
Study from NAEYC and Bernard van Leer Foundation uses in-depth interviews with teachers, program staff and parents, as well as field observations in ECE programs in the US and Eastern Europe to look at how programs work with immigrant families.
The economic importance of women’s rising hours of work 23 Apr 2014 | United States
Report from the Center for American Progress looks at "more than three decades of women's employment to examine the growing importance of the contribution their earnings make to the U.S. economy".

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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