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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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Child care and COVID-19: Information on the situation in Canada 17 Mar 2020 | Canada
As we grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important that good information is available. We here at the Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU) have compiled a number of online documents, community responses and new articles related to COVID-19 and child care in Canada.
A gender lens for COVID-19 1 Apr 2020 | International
Why WHO needs a feminist economic agenda 1 Apr 2020 | International
COVID-19 crisis response must address gender faultlines 25 Mar 2020 | Canada
Katherine Scott provides the reader with a critical analysis of the impact of COVID-19 on the lived experiences of women. Scott suggests that female workers are predominantly employed in 'care work' sectors that will be directly involved in containing the pandemic and providing needed care and support. Scott notes that the response to the outbreak needs to be effective, and not reproduce or perpetuate inequality. Scott suggests that there is a need to ensure the issues that impact vulnerable communities do not —get shoved aside. Finally, Scott suggests that in order to address the current pandemic we must take gender into account. 
COVID-19 crisis shows us childcare is always an essential service 24 Mar 2020 | Canada
Martha Friendly and Morna Ballantyne write that it has taken a pandemic to highlight the paradox that Canadian governments have not considered child care be important enough to fund properly yet it is an essential service in good times and bad. The article describes what a smart COVID-19 child care plan could look like.

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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