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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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Building the future: Children and the sustainable development goals in rich countries 4 Dec 2019 | International
This report card delivers a child-centred assessment of where high-income nations stand at the start of this journey towards sustainable development. It compares the performance of 41 OECD and EU countries on 25 indicators, focusing on the goals and targets most relevant to children in high-income countries. The report card calls for high-income countries to take action in five key areas; among them putting children at the heart of equitable and sustainable progress.
Oh Canada! Our kids deserve better 4 Dec 2019 | Canada
This 2017 UNICEF report card focuses attention on a pattern in children’s well-being that demands urgent attention. The report highlights that the widest gaps between Canada and the top performing nations present themselves in child health, violence experienced by children and children’s own sense of well-being. The report suggests that governments need to cooperate to put in place universal policies and programs for children in their early years that have the capacity to identify those falling behind. Addressing these calls to action can help close the “Equality Gaps” among Canada’s children and youth, and boost overall outcomes.
Shifting gender norms and childcare in Canada 4 Dec 2019 | Canada
This book chapter explores how the lack of high-quality, affordable childcare for Canadian mothers creates barriers to shifting traditional gender roles. Although conventional roles are changing, there continues to be several structural constraints changing the realities of women struggling to fulfill both their formal, paid responsibilities and informal, unpaid care work. The authors suggest that the state must play a greater role in ensuring mothers have access to social services - namely access to regulated affordable, accessible and high quality childcare services – for equitable participation in society.
Challenges and prospects in the EU: Quality of life and public services 4 Dec 2019 | Europe
This report from Eurofound focuses on the role of public services in addressing health and care issues, and identifies opportunities, as well as challenges. Chapter 4 of the report focuses on affordability and quality in early childhood education and care services. One of the authors' policy recommendations is increasing public expenditure on ECEC, as it is linked to better perception of the accessibility of services and indirectly, to higher user satisfaction.
PEI workforce strategy project 27 Nov 2019 | Prince Edward Island
The PEI Workforce Strategy Project was undertaken in response to a recommendation to the Department of Education. This report highlights a number of evidence based recommendations for PEI to take into account when looking at the feasibility of Early Childhood Education and Care System in PEI. The recommendations highlight the impact of human resource factors on the quality of an early childhood program.

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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