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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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A critical discourse analysis of Canada’s childcare policy choices through a children-centred lens 13 Feb 2019 | Canada
This thesis analyzes the state of childcare in Canada as an issue of children’s rights. Grounded by a children-centred lens, this study reveals the ways in which systems of power in Canada exert their control over policy issues related to children through political discourse.
Developmental milestones: Child care fees in Canada's big cities 2018 6 Feb 2019 | Canada
Newly released study—the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives' fifth annual survey of childcare fees in Canada's largest cities - finds that while more provinces are using public policy to make childcare affordable, overall, childcare fees in Canada still outpace inflation in most cities.
Reconceptualizing our work: The connection between ECE students and political action 6 Feb 2019 | Canada
This paper takes the position that early childhood education students are an underutilized resource in strengthening the Canadian child care advocacy movement. Drawing on student movement and devaluation of care literature, this paper describes and explores the authors' opportunities and experiences reconceptualizing the value of early childhood education and care that motivated them to become student leaders in the child care advocacy movement.
Barcelona objectives 6 Feb 2019 | Europe
This 2018 report from the European Union aims to assess to what extent Member States have progressed towards implementing the Barcelona objectives of work-life balance for working parents and carers since the last report in 2013. Authors note that the availability and use of childcare is influenced by several factors: namely legal entitlement to childcare, accessibility and quality. They also highlight that caring responsibilities are the main reason for low female labour market participation in Member States.
Child penalties across countries: Evidence and explanations 6 Feb 2019 | International
This new academic paper provides evidence on child penalties in female and male earnings in different countries. Analysis reveals that there are striking similarities and simultaneous differences in the qualitative effects of having children across countries. The authors discuss the potential role of family policies (parental leave and child care provision) and gender norms in explaining the observed difference.

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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