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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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Chaos and commitment in the early childhood education classroom: Direct and indirect associations through teaching efficacy 22 Jan 2020 | United States
According to the National Association for the Education of Young Children it is estimated that close to 30% of early childhood teachers leave their jobs each year. As suggested by the authors, this high turnover is detrimental to the development of children who need stable caregivers and caregiving environments. The authors' results indicate that interventions and strategies aimed at increasing professional commitment and workplace satisfaction may improve early childhood teachers' perceptions of their abilities to manage perceived chaos in their classroom.
Assessing inclusion quality: The SpeciaLink Early Childhood Inclusion Quality Scale 22 Jan 2020 | Canada
This report published by Exceptionality Education International examines the internal reliability and structural properties of the SpeciaLink Early Childhood Inclusion Quality Scale (SECIQS), a measure designed to assess inclusion quality in early childhood programs. The authors found that the scale was useful and reliable in assessing inclusion quality within early childhood programs. Others are encouraged to employ the SECIQS and extend its utility for research, policy, and practice,ensuring that all children in child care gain the benefits of high quality early childhood programs.
The effects of universal preschool in Washington, D.C. 22 Jan 2020 | United States
This report highlights the effects of D.C’s free two -year preschool initiative in relation to mothers labour force earnings. The report highlights that the program has been a game changer for working families; specifically single, working mothers with young children. The findings of the report suggest that two years of universal, full-day preschool is associated with a large positive effect on maternal labor supply. The report goes on to recommend that the United States should consider universal child care and assistance as part of a growth agenda because accessibility and affordability for working parents will benefit millions of families.
How Indigenous mothers experience selecting and using early childhood development services to care for their infants 22 Jan 2020 | Ontario
This article focuses on the experiences of Indigenous mothers selecting and using mainstream programs and Indigenous-led programming to promote the health of their infants. The researchers found that providers of Indigenous-led services are best suited to deliver culturally safe care for Indigenous mothers and infants. However, providers of mainstream services can meet the needs of Indigenous mothers and infants by providing cultural safe and trauma and violence-informed care if supported by government policies and funding.
Parental leave, lactation, and childcare policies at top US schools of public health 15 Jan 2020 | United States
This study published by the American Journal of Public Health reviewed parental leave policies for faculty and staff at the top 25 ranked universities with public health programs in the US. These universities teach students to implement policies based on evidence and advocate for the importance of giving parents, families and children the resources they need to thrive. This study highlights that the majority of the 25 universities provide paid leave to public health program faculty birth mothers. However, most university policies fall short of the 14 weeks of paid parental recommended by the American Public Health Association.

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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