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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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Education inequalities at the school starting gate: Gaps, trends, and strategies to address them 17 Oct 2017 | United States
New report finds greater investments in pre-K programs can narrow the gaps between students at the start of school.
Neoliberalism and early childhood 17 Oct 2017 | Australia and New Zealand
Recent article examines how the growing push for professionalisation of early childhood creates demands for discretionary decision-making that is in tension with the top-down compliance requirements of neoliberalism.
Constructions of neuroscience in early childhood education 17 Oct 2017 | International
This book examines constructions of children, parents and the welfare state in relation to neurosciences and its vocabulary of brain architecture, critical periods and toxic stress.
Poverty trends 2017 13 Oct 2017 | Canada
Annual report finds affordable, high-quality childcare remains out of reach for most families, further marginalizing children from equal access to quality care and women from the workforce.
Book collections in long day care: Do they reflect racial diversity? 11 Oct 2017 | Australia and New Zealand
A survey of child care centres in Australia review the extent to which children's books reflect racial diversity. Findings reveal that diversity within the literature was not representative of populations and where racial diversity was present it tended towards stereotypical portrayal of characters.

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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