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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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Cultural conceptions of motherhood and its relation to childcare policy in Canada 21 Mar 2018 | Canada
Literature review explores how the subjectivity of gender identities interact with conceptions of motherhood and child care policy in the Canadian context. The author draws on various theorists, researchers and experts from diverse disciplines to critically examine structural barriers to gender equality.
Northern Ireland childcare cost survey 2017 21 Mar 2018 | Europe
This survey focuses on the high cost of child care in Northern Ireland and how that can negatively impact families and their well-being. Authors also present statistics on parents who decrease their working hours to offset the cost of child care and those who do not decrease their hours resulting in financial losses, with the hope of furthering their careers in the long-term.
The early years workforce: a fragmented picture 21 Mar 2018 | International
In recent years government policies have sought to increase access to child care in England, but authors of this analysis insist that the workforce has largely been overlooked in the process—especially when it comes to remuneration. With a growing disparity between wages and qualification requirements, problems of recruitment and retention are becoming more widespread. Here, authors examine professionalization of the ECEC sector by comparing England, Finland and New York City.
Getting to work 21 Mar 2018 | Asia
This Sri Lankan study explored factors that are contributing to lower female participation in the workforce. Of the recommendations that emerged from the study, measures to address the lack of child care services and socio-physical constraints on women’s mobility were seen as being highly impactful in overcoming barriers to paid work for women in Sri Lanka.
Turning promises into action: Gender equality in the 2030 agenda for sustainable development 14 Mar 2018 | International
UN Women’s new flagship report, provides a comprehensive assessment of progress, gaps and challenges in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) from a gender perspective. Data on and policy analysis of the social and economic inequalities faced by women in diverse contexts is gathered here. Publicly funded systems of early childhood education and care are highlighted as essential to poverty reduction and women's equality.

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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