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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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Shameful neglect: Indigenous child poverty in Canada 18 May 2016 | Canada
New report from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives calculates child poverty rates in Canada including the rates on reserves and in territories. The report disaggregates the statistics and identifies three tiers of poverty for children in Canada, finding the worst poverty experienced by status First Nation children. The authors call for immediate action to resolve the ongoing crisis affecting Indigenous people across the country, and recommend a poverty reduction plan that includes strategies such as improving child-related income support and social infrastructure.
Effects of the 2001 extension of paid parental leave provisions on birth seasonality in Canada 18 May 2016 | Canada
2015 paper explores a correlation that the 2001 extension of paid parental leave benefits had to birth seasonality in Canada. The authors discuss the potential effects of this kind of unintended consequence of policy change.
Vermont’s early childhood & after-school workforce: Findings from the Vermont early childhood & after-school workforce surveys 18 May 2016 | United States
2015 workforce survey from Vermont gathered information regarding the demographics, education and credentials, wages, benefits, and aspirations of the early childhood and after-school workforce in the state. Survey results show that although the early childhood and after-school workforce reported high job satisfaction they are also plagued with low wages and few benefits that often force them to consider leaving the field.
Jumping through hoops and set up to fail 18 May 2016 | United States
Recent report from the Center for American Progress provides stories based on interviews with parents, care provides and policy experts that illustrate the lived experiences of citizens struggling with the U.S. child care system. The interviews show that policies that aim to support economic self-sufficiency often concretely function in ways that make finding and keeping work almost impossible. They also prove how programs that support parents can help reduce day-to-day stress, benefiting both adults and children alike.
Constructions of childhood in early childhood education policy debate in New Zealand 18 May 2016 | Australia and New Zealand
2010 article from New Zealand considers the assumptions held about children and childhood by government officials and organisation representatives that often shape and influence public policy formation. The author argues that a construction of the child as a citizen within a social community is a new paradigm that places children’s rights and agency to the forefront. She notes that this construction of the child as a basis for policy formation better supports ECE services as participatory forums for building social networks.

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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