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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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Les services de garde au Québec: Champ libre au privé 3 May 2016 | Quebec
New report from the Institut de recherche et d'informations socio-économiques (L’IRIS) in Québec considers the current child care climate in the province including the recent budget cuts to CPEs that are forcing more parents to turn to private child care to meet their needs. The authors note that the quality of services in non-subsidized private daycares is often lacking and that any increase in costs associated with these services can have negative impacts on the participation of women in the labour market.
Social determinants of health: Canadian perspectives 3 May 2016 | Canada
Edited collection from Canadian Scholars' Press offers a comprehensive discussion of the primary factors that influence the health of Canada’s population. Taking a public policy approach, the authors analyze structural inequalities in our society and the socio-economic factors that affect health. Updates to this third edition include a greater focus on the political mechanisms that explain the distribution of the social determinants of health and additional material on public policy, early childhood education in Canada, and the determinants of Indigenous peoples’ health.
Interaction: The forest preschool movement in Canada 3 May 2016 | Canada
The Spring 2016 issue of Interaction, the Canadian Child Care Federation's publication, highlights nature-based child care and early learning programs that emphasize all day outdoor play. In focus articles feature information about the forest school movement in Canada, early childhood educators who have taken nature-based training and are applying this to their programs and the implication of nature and outdoor programs in fostering child social development and inclusion.
Pregnancy and maternity discrimination report 3 May 2016 | Europe
New research investigates the prevalence and nature of pregnancy discrimination and disadvantage in workplaces across Britain. Results are based on interviews with 3,034 employers and 3,254 mothers. Surveys aimed to cover the views and experiences of employers and mothers on issues related to managing pregnancy, maternity leave and returning to work.
First-year daycare and incidence of acute gastroenteritis 3 May 2016 | Europe
Recent study from the Netherlands investigates the effects of first-year daycare attendance on acute gastroenteritis (AGE) incidence and primary care contact rate up to age six. The researchers conclude that first-year daycare attendance advances the timing of AGE infections, resulting in increased AGE disease burden in the first year and relative protection thereafter until at least the age of six. This suggests that early daycare attendance may provide some health immunity for children.

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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