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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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Head Start-College partnerships as a strategy for promoting family economic success: A study of benefits, challenges, and promising programs 6 Nov 2019 | United States
This report highlights findings from an Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) study about the nature of existing partnerships between Head Start programs and colleges in the US. It explores expansion of these partnerships to serve more eligible student parents and analyzes the associated benefits and challenges, highlighting that partnerships provide opportunities to integrate essential education and family supports for parents and children, increasing chances for both to succeed.
The mounting costs of child care 6 Nov 2019 | United States
This article provides a snapshot and economic impact analysis of how child care challenges affect Washington State’s workforce participation and economy. The study found that without access to reliable, quality child care, both employees and employers suffer; parents may have to miss work, turn down opportunities, or even leave a position in order to address child care challenges.
AU: Identifying professional functionings of early childhood educators 6 Nov 2019 | Australia and New Zealand
The authors navigate the increased attention to ECEC workforce professionalization across OECD nations and draw on the Capability Approach to human development as an analytical framework. The researchers identify five evaluative spaces for assessing professional functionings and note that understanding what ECEs are actually able to be and do in their professional practices offers us a reasonable ground to identify areas of professional learning needs.
Framework Plan for Kindergartens 6 Nov 2019 | Europe
The Framework for Norwegian Kindergartens sets out supplementary provisions on the content, tasks and regulations of kindergartens. The accompanying video showcases the core values to promote play, care, learning and formative development in kindergartens across Norway set out in the framework.
The new preschool is crushing kids 6 Nov 2019 | United States
Using research on the changing focus of school readiness in America, the author illustrates that many educational policies 'schoolify' early years education by pushing academic goals earlier and earlier. The research identifies that the shift from active and exploratory early-childhood pedagogy to a more scripted and instruction-based model does not involve a simple trade-off between joy and achievement.

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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