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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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Affordable for all: Making licensed child care affordable in Ontario 18 Apr 2018 | Canada
In this report commissioned by the Ontario government, University of Toronto economist Gord Cleveland proposes policy options to make child care affordable for all Ontario families. Working out of the Research Data Centre at the UofT, Cleveland constructed multiple simulations of the child care sector and the Ontario economy to put forth evidence-based solutions for an affordability plan; prioritizing quality of the programs, expansion of spaces over time, funding sources and other key variables. Of the recommendations, free preschool is highlighted as a starting priority so as to avoid supply shortages that often lead to quality issues. A wage grid for early years staff and phasing in a sliding, geared-to-income fee scale are also proposed among other recommendations. The full report is out now.
Ontario NDP platform: Change for the better 18 Apr 2018 | Ontario
The Ontario NDP's new campaign platform features significant investments in child care. The party has promised: to allocate public funds towards the expansion of not-for-profit and public ECEC; free child care for households with an income of $40,000 or less, with the remainder of user fees determined by a sliding scale dependent on income (average fee estimated at $12/day); fair wages for early childhood staff; and no change to existing subsidies. See page 12 for the child care section and page 89 for the fiscal plan.
2016 early childhood education and care national workforce census 18 Apr 2018 | Australia and New Zealand
The Australian government commissioned this study as one of several initiatives designed to improve data collection to develop and measure early childhood policy and programs. The workforce was identified as an important area of the ECEC sector where little administrative data existed and thus this census report is intended to benefit policy makers and invested stakeholders in better understanding the workforce and its role in developing sustainable, quality services and policies.
Les services de garde subventionnés : l’exception du Québec dans le contexte fédéral 18 Apr 2018 | Canada
Literature review seeks to determine which factors aligned to result in Quebec's substantial investment in child care services, making it an outlier in Canada. Authors also question why the other provinces and territories have not implemented more ambitious child care reform-- taking into account federal/provincial fiscal imbalances and cooperation among invested stakeholders.
Physical activity and sedentary behavior legislation in Canadian childcare facilities:an update 18 Apr 2018 | Canada
New study offers a review of the legislative landscape at the provincial and territorial level, regarding physical activity and sedentary behaviors in Canadian childcare centers. Only three provinces mentioned daily physical activity and only one province made mention of screen-viewing. Considerable variation among provinces and territories led researchers to recommend provincial/territorial legislation for baseline requirements and high-level targets.

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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