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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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No equality without universal child care 12 Mar 2018 | Canada
Child care has been noted as significant in achieving gender equality; however because of a lack of significant federal funding and policy leadership, multiple generations of women still face challenges in balancing work and family and suffer economic insecurity.
Turning promises into action: Gender equality in the 2030 agenda for sustainable development 14 Mar 2018 | International
UN Women’s new flagship report, provides a comprehensive assessment of progress, gaps and challenges in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) from a gender perspective. Data on and policy analysis of the social and economic inequalities faced by women in diverse contexts is gathered here. Publicly funded systems of early childhood education and care are highlighted as essential to poverty reduction and women's equality.
Promises into progress: Feminist Scorecard 2018 14 Mar 2018 | Canada
Report from Oxfam evaluates Canada's progress over the past year in eight policy areas, which impact gender equality and women's rights from an intersectional perspective. Analysis of Government initiatives, such as the national child care framework, the Canada Child Benefit and new leave policies, result in low scores in "Care work" and "Jobs and pay equity". Authors offer constructive, evidence-based recommendations for how this government could make meaningful progress on their goals.
Building Yolŋu skills, knowledge, and priorities into early childhood assessment and support: Protocol for a qualitative study 12 Mar 2018 | Australia and New Zealand
This project aims to develop a greater understanding of early childhood development in Indigenous contexts using cultural knowledge and practices from the community. The current project is ongoing; however, their preliminary results show that Yolŋu children develop identity through connections to people, place and other elements of the natural world.
Children and gender inequality: Evidence from Denmark 7 Mar 2018 | Europe
Danish study uses national data from 1980-2013 to analyze the gender wage gap, its persistence and the factors that impact it most profoundly. Findings indicate that having children has the most significant affect on the earning potential of women, but not for men; this despite a publicly funded system of child care and parental leave.

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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