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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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Manitoba Child Care Association Parent Survey: Final report 7 Dec 2016 | Manitoba
New report on a Probe Research poll of 3,100 parents conducted for the Manitoba Child Care Association presents findings on the parental awareness of and views on key child care issues including quality and availability of care and views on policy solutions. Specific findings include that wait times hinder parents ability to work or attend school, with 41% delaying a return to work, 30% turning down a job, and 24% turning down an educational opportunity because they lacked child care.
Alberta Child Care Survey 2016 7 Dec 2016 | Alberta
Public Interest Alberta, in partnership with the Terra Centre for Teen Parents and Early Childhood Development Support Services, has released the results of a province-wide survey of child care operators. Responses highlight concerns related to accessibility, affordability, and quality of early learning and child care in Alberta. Survey results show that the availability of spaces is severely limited for infants and children with special needs and that the quality of care available in many early learning and child care programs is poor.
How does early childhood care and education affect cognitive development? An international review of the effects of early interventions for children from different social backgrounds 7 Dec 2016 | International
2010 article reviews a number of studies in order to assess the effects of various preschool programs on cognitive development. Authors consider the extent to which these programs could establish equal educational opportunities for children from different social backgrounds. Findings indicate that the vast majority of recent early education and care programs had considerable positive short-term effects and somewhat smaller long-term effects on cognitive development. Implications for research and policy are discussed.
Childcare practitioners and the process of professionalization 7 Dec 2016 | International
Previously unavailable 2010 chapter from 'Professionalization, leadership and management in the early years' considers concepts of professionalism in relation to an analysis of the narratives of child care professionals during 30 years of action research. Authors note that professionals who engage with pedagogic guidance can become actors of change and develop new pedagogic practices. They also outline that respect for diversity in child care played an important role in changing practitioners' conceptions of the profession.
A road map to eradicate child & family poverty 30 Nov 2016 | Canada
Campaign 2000 has released its’ 2016 Annual Report Card on Child and Family Poverty in Canada. The report card highlights reasons why the federal government needs to adopt a child and family poverty reduction lens to apply to all policy, program and spending decisions. It provides multiple policy solutions as a road map to guide eradication including the development of a universal, high quality, comprehensive early childhood education and care program in Canada. More information about this can be found on page 11 of the report.

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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