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The Childcare Resource and Research Unit is a policy research institute with a goal of early childhood education and child care for all --  fundamental  for women’s equality and a right for all children.

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Report: Non-standard work and child care in Canada: A challenge for parents, policy makers, and child care provision 12 Feb 2020 | Canada
A new report exploring the experiences of Canadian parents who work non-standard hours concludes that a stable, core system of quality, affordable, accessible, inclusive services is required as a foundation in order to tackle the challenges of providing more difficult-to-sustain non-standard hours services in a major way. It makes a series of recommendations for tackling non-standard hours child care issues at multiple levels to ameliorate challenges faced by families and service providers. The research notes that high rates of non-standard work have characterized the Canadian economy for well over a decade and are predicted to increase.
Prevalence and relationships among physical activity policy, environment, and practices in licensed childcare centers from a manager and staff perspective 26 Feb 2020 | British Columbia
In this article, authors explored whether information about policies, practices, and the environment varied when collected from staff or managers in BC child care centres. The prevalence of differences estimates that information about policies, practices and the environment when reported by managers appear to be a modest overestimation in comparison to those reported by staff. However, using a combination of data from both appears to be a viable alternative for surveillance of policy impact.
The child care crisis causes job disruptions for more than two million parents each year 26 Feb 2020 | United States
The Center for American Progress brings attention to the prevalence of parents’ child care-related job disruptions. They identify that accessibility and affordability are two key factors as to why millions of parents must choose from an unappealing list of child care options. The Center highlights that their analysis is unable to provide additional information as to why the prevalence of child care-related job disruptions varies across states and notes that further research must be done, taking into account parental labour force participation and state investment in childcare and family policy.
Free child care and pre-k for all 26 Feb 2020 | United States
Sen. Sanders released his campaign platform on childcare and early education which promises free child care and pre-k for all children in America. Sen. Sanders’ campaign promise addresses the key areas of accessibility, affordability, quality and flexibility for families working non-standard work hours. The plan sets the foundation to support the ECEC workforce in the US by investing in wages, working conditions and strengthening collective bargaining rights. It is estimated the plan will cost $1.5 trillion dollars.
Increased compensation for early educators: It’s not just ‘nice-to-have’ it’s a must-have 26 Feb 2020 | United States
In this workforce-practice-based blog, Caitlin McLean identifies the reality that a bachelor's degree in early care and education (ECE) is the lowest-paying college major in the United States. McLean implores that increased compensation  is necessary in order to protect the quality of educators in the sector. Finally, McLean identifies key policy recommendations to ensure financial security for early years educators.

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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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