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The Childcare Resource and Research Unit is an early childhood education and child care (ECEC) policy research institute with a mandate to further ECEC policy and programs in Canada.

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Whispered gently through time - First Nations quality child care 21 Jun 2017 | Canada
This report, originally published in 2000, recently made available on Research Gate, documents the voices of Indigenous groups across Canada articulating the existing structure of child care in their communities and their sociopolitical development over time, as well as diverse conceptions of quality within Indigenous communities.
Toronto's licensed child care growth strategy for children under 4, 2017-2026 21 Jun 2017 | Ontario
Recognizing that licensed child care is unaffordable for 75% of Toronto's families and that access and quality also present challenges for many, this new report envisages a way forward for Toronto's youngest children and their families. Authors estimate the required funding and timeline needed to provide enough centre-based spaces for 50% of children 0-4 with affordable parent fees across all income levels, while supporting a thriving workforce in quality positions.
Code of ethics and standards of practice for registered early childhood educators in Ontario 21 Jun 2017 | Ontario
The College of Early Childhood Educators has put forth a new document outlining a shared code of ethics as well as expectations for knowledge and practice. In combination, these draw on the best available research to support and reinforce the principles which guide the profession. This is the second edition and will come into effect July 1, 2017.
Do childcare menus meet nutrition guidelines? Quantity, variety and quality of food provided in New Zealand early childhood education services 21 Jun 2017 | Australia and New Zealand
New study from New Zealand examines provision, source and cost of food served in 257 child care centres. A comparison of their weekly menus finds significant correlations between quality and auspice and only a small minority of centres provided sufficient quantity, quality and variety of foods to meet a pre-schooler's nutritional needs according to government guidelines.
Multilateral Early Learning and Child Care Framework 14 Jun 2017 | Canada
The Government of Canada has released a new Mulitlateral Early Learning and Child Care Framework. This first step outlines the federal commitment to work with a number of provincial/territorial governments with the stated aim of increasing quality, accessibility, affordability, flexibility, and inclusivity in early learning and child care. This page features government documents as well as organizational responses and news coverage.

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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