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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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Key characteristics of parental leave systems 20 Mar 2019 | International
This indicator uses data from the OECD Family database to provide an overview of parental leave systems across OECD and EU countries. The authors compared various types of parental leave and aspects such as spending and duration.
People's policy project: Family fun pack 20 Mar 2019 | United States
This US paper lays out a general theory that explains why having and raising children is so difficult in a laissez-faire capitalist system. The paper then introduces the Family Fun Pack, a suite of family benefits that address the problems identified in the general theory, specifically targetting social policy gaps in the United States. These benefits include free child care, free pre-k, free healthcare for children, and a child allowance, among other things.
Where's dad? Exploring the low take-up of inclusive parenting policies in the UK 20 Mar 2019 | Europe
This paper focusses on the Shared Parental Leave policy in the UK, which the UK Coalition Government of the time saw as a key initiative to drive change around the division of labour in the home, and, therefore, increase equality in the workplace. The authors addressed the many complex barriers parents face around Shared Parental Leave. Key barriers to fathers' taking up Shared Parental Leave are financial considerations, as fathers' tend to be the higher wage earners, as well as gender stereotyping, particularly around mothers' breastfeeding.
Editorial: Opening for debate and contestation: OECD's international early learning and child well-being study and the testing of children's learning outcomes 13 Mar 2019 | International
This special issue of Policy Futures in Education includes an editorial that aims to bring critical perspectives to bear on a growing phenomenon in education: comparative assessment of educational performance using standardized measures of outcomes or ‘international large-scale assessments’ – ILSAs. This issue focused on the International Early Learning and Child Well-being Study which was proposed by the OECD and is now being put into practice, targeting early childhood education and young children.
A quantum leap for gender equality: For a better future of work for all 13 Mar 2019 | International
This “culmination report” brings together the research and data undertaken and the learning and insights gained in the context of the Women at Work Centenary Initiative at the International Labor Organization. One of the many findings from this report is that childcare and long-term care policies and services are essential factors in achieving gender equality. Evidence confirms that the employment rates of women aged 18–54 years with families tend to be higher in countries that have a higher share of GDP invested in public expenditure on pre-primary education, long-term care services and benefits, and maternity, disability, sickness and employment injury benefits.

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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