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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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Proposed changes to Canadian maternity and parental leave 19 Oct 2016 | Canada
The Childcare Resource and Research Unit has created an Issue File to inform discussion about maternity and parental leave. The Government of Canada has released a discussion paper and online consultation for considering two new options for eligible Canadians on leave from work to care for a newborn or a newly adopted child, in addition to the current possibility option of a combined 12 months of maternity and parental benefits. A new table has been added to the File that provides a comparison between Canadian and Quebec Family Leave Benefits including type, length and payment.
Parental and maternity EI benefits: The position of the Child Care Advocacy Association of Canada with respect to the Government of Canada’s Proposals for Reform 26 Oct 2016 | Canada
New position paper from the CCAAC considers maternity and parental EI benefit reform. The group highlights that limited access to child care for children under 18 months is making parents desperate for solutions that the lower paid longer leave provisions proposed will not fix. Instead the CCAAC urges the federal government to undertake more comprehensive reform, drawing on experience with the ten year old Quebec Parental Insurance Plan,specifically, reducing eligibility requirements so benefits became as accessible as Quebecs, increasing benefit levels from 55% to 70% of wages and introducing a leave earmarked for the second parent in a couple.
Taking care with child care 26 Oct 2016 | Manitoba
Recent Probe Research poll shows that there is significant public support for child care in Manitoba. Three in every four of those surveyed through telephone interview support the idea of a universal child care system. Other findings include that 75% think child care is too expensive for many parents. Probe Research is completing three additional surveys for the Manitoba Child Care Association who will share these results with federal and provincial government and policy makers to ensure they are aware of the need to develop a child care system in the province.
"I'm more than 'just' an ECE": Decent work from the perspective of Ontario's early childhood workforce 26 Oct 2016 | Ontario
New report from the Association of Early Childhood Educators Ontario on the planning and implementation of the Professional Pay and Decent Work for All Project has been released. The project, supported through the Atkinson Foundation’s Decent Work Fund and in partnership with the Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care, sought to address and understand the inadequate wages and working conditions experienced by Ontario’s ECEC sector. Through community mobilization forums, professionals working in the ECEC sector shared their experiences and thoughts on the possibilities of a strong and well-supported early childhood workforce in Ontario.
Rhetoric vs. reality: Child care 26 Oct 2016 | United States
Recent issue brief from the Center for American Progress considers and debunks five common myths about child care including that it is just babysitting, is affordable for the middle class, does not require government standards, is a simple business equation and that is it not something the United States can afford to invest in. In doing this, the authors demonstrate how access to high-quality care is a necessity for working families.

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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