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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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Why it’s so hard to compare early childhood education and care across the world 14 Aug 2019 | International
Participating in high-quality ECEC can have a positive effect on children’s well-being, learning and development in the first years of their lives. But when we talk about ECEC at the international level, are we really talking about the same thing? The answer isn’t as obvious as it may seem – primarily because ECEC can take very different forms in different countries.
Structural characteristics and process quality in early childhood education and care 14 Aug 2019 | International
This literature review investigated relations between structural characteristics and process quality in centre and family daycare provisions for children from birth to age 5. Structural characteristics were examined at system, organisational, classroom, and staff levels. The strongest evidence concerned the positive relations between staff’ pre-service and professional development and process quality.
Seven new Government of Canada projects will support innovative practices in early learning and child care in the Greater Toronto Area 14 Aug 2019 | Ontario
The federal government announced that seven early learning and child care innovation projects in the Greater Toronto Area are receiving nearly $1.8 million in funding; one of the projects will be delivered by the Childcare Resource and Research Unit. These projects are supported by long-term Government of Canada investments announced in Budgets 2016 and 2017, totaling $7.5 billion over 11 years to create more high-quality, affordable child care across the country.
Professional lives and initial teacher/educator education experiences of Indigenous early childhood educators, child care workers and teachers in northern Ontario 7 Aug 2019 | Canada
The professional trajectories and initial teacher/educator education experiences of 5 Indigenous early childhood educators and teachers provide insight into the challenges of becoming credentialed. The authors propose that accredited programs should be designed in collaboration with northern Indigenous leaders in order to respond to the identified challenges.
Key data on early childhood education and care in Europe 2019 edition 7 Aug 2019 | Europe
This report supports policy development by providing an up-to-date analysis of the ECEC systems in 38 European countries. This international comparative work is structured around the five quality dimensions: governance, access, staff, educational guidelines as well as evaluation and monitoring. The findings reveal that there is still some way to go before the policies necessary to ensure quality in these key dimensions are firmly embedded in all European ECEC systems.

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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