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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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Who cares? Why Canada needs a public child care system 15 May 2019 | Canada
This Oxfam report outlines why public child care is good for gender equality, the economy, kids and early childhood educators. Child care advocates around the world have been pushing governments to acknowledge the value of early childhood education and care to society and to recognize it as a public good. Here in Canada, a broad coalition of child care and gender equality advocates have joined forces and developed the Affordable Child Care for All Plan. This plan calls for the federal government to share responsibility for ensuring that all children in Canada—regardless of where they live, their ability, their family circumstances or their culture—have access to affordable, high-quality child care.
Public spending on childcare as an indicator of gender sensitivity 15 May 2019 | Europe
This paper published by the International Public Administration Review analyzes the correlation between public spending on childcare services and gender equality in terms of time spent in unpaid word and differences in employment rates of women with children under the age of 6 and women without children in the EU. The authors found that public spending on childcare services could be an important indicator of gender sensitivity of the government one of the steps towards a gender-sensitive budget.
Does paternity leave matter for female employment in developing economies? Evidence from firm-level data 15 May 2019 | International
This article published by Applied Economics Letters used firm-level data in 53 developing countries, it found that women's employment among private firms was significantly higher in countries that mandate paternity leave versus those that do not. Therefore, the authors concluded that there was a strong positive relationship between the provision of paternity leave and women's employment.
Gender equality in Europe and the effect of work-family balance policies on gender-role attitudes 8 May 2019 | Europe
This paper, published by the open access journal Social Sciences, explored the implications of work-family opportunity structures, both institutional and company-based, for individual gender role attitudes. The results show that both institutional and workplace arrangements supporting the dual-earner/dual-caregiver family model are associated with more egalitarian gender-role attitudes This is particularly true concerning availability of formal childcare for 0- to 3-year-olds among institutional factors, as well as work-schedule flexibility among workplace factors, probably as they enable a combination of care and paid work for both men and women.
Build a better workforce 8 May 2019 | United States
This report from the Illinois Council for a Strong America took the Kindergarten Individual Development Survey statewide in autumn 2017. The results show that far too many children are still entering school "unprepared for success". Though this report focuses on early learning programs for strengthening the future workforce and economy, it also notes that early learning is important for today. For example, child care assistance helps parents to find and maintain jobs, knowing their kids have access to affordable, reliable care during work hours.

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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