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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.
Overview of scientific advice and information on coronavirus (COVID-19) 27 May 2020 | Europe
The UK Department for Education shares the overview of scientific advice and information on coronavirus. The Department’s response to the issues raised regarding the science on coronavirus (COVID-19) draws on information from the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) and its sub-group the Children’s Task and Finish Working Group, as well as the broader advice from engagement with Public Health England. Responses have been grouped by topic. Evidence from SAGE and the Children’s Task and Finish Working Group is being published separately and full details are not included in this response.
The coronavirus' effect on kids remains an unsolved mystery. Here are the clues so far. 27 May 2020 | International
This article written by Aria Bendix for the Business Insider shared that "The largest study of children with the coronavirus to date, from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, found that 18% of those studied tested positive but didn't report symptoms. The report, however, only included kids with confirmed cases, so the breakdown is likely skewed. Determining the effects of the virus on kids — and role of children as carriers — has important policy implications for reopening schools. It could also provide clues about the biological mechanisms that make a person vulnerable to the virus.There is conflicting research about kids and the coronavirus so far."
From reopening to recovery: A plan for child care reopening in Ontario and moving to a publicly funded system 27 May 2020 | Ontario
Child care centres across Ontario have been closed in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. This report sets out the steps needed to ensure the safe, healthy reopening of child care. To achieve this, we need adequate funding and support for educators and programs. With this support, a strengthened child care system could be the core of economic and social recovery.
Without child care, work and family are impossible 27 May 2020 | United States
This article written by Shauna Shames for the Conversation shares that "Americans tend to think of having children as an expensive, private choice. The alternative is to think of it as a public good. Other countries offer far more generous parental leave and low-cost, high-quality daycare, knowing that “work versus family” is a false formulation. The U.S. is losing serious talent and promoting gender inequality by continuing to misunderstand the problem. There are many potential options when child care is made a priority in a society."

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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