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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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Child Care Now blog – Election 2015 12 Aug 2015 | Canada
There's no doubt that child care is an issue in Election 2015. To support the public interest and political debate, CRRU's blog, Child Care Now, will be published each week between August 12 and October 19. For a high quality national child care program, we need a high quality child care workforce by Shani Halfon and Rachel Langford is the eighth in the series.
Our Schools/Our Selves: Summer 2015 7 Oct 2015 | Canada
This issue of Our Schools / Our Selves, Moving beyond baby steps: Building a child care plan for today's families, takes stock of where we are and where we need to be in the child care debates in the lead-up to the 2015 federal election. Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives has released the chapter: Developing and supporting a high quality child care workforce in Canada by Shani Halfon and Rachel Langford to spark discussion for a national day of action on October 8th to recognize the ECEC workforce in Canada.
High quality child care is out of reach for working families 7 Oct 2015 | United States
New report from the Economic Policy Institute compares the cost of child care to minimum wages across the U.S. finding that it is difficult for families living off of a minimum-wage income to afford child care.
Who are the children enrolled in French daycare centres? 6 Oct 2015 | Europe
Analyzing data from the 2011 family and housing survey (Famille et Logements), researchers from the French Institute for Demographic Studies in France explore whether some children, such as those from disadvantaged families, are more likely to get a place in a daycare centre than others.
Extending the early years entitlement: Costings, concerns and alternatives 6 Oct 2015 | Europe
This briefing examines how best to deliver the proposed extension to the free offer of child care hours in England. It also presents recommendations for more strategic alternatives to the extension, and demonstrates the need for a long-term child care strategy.

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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