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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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A public child care system: Good for parents, children, workers and the economy 20 May 2015 | Nova Scotia
Unifor submission to the Nova Scotia child care review urges the development of a coherent public child care system in the province. The submission makes a number of sound recommendations including, a commitment to building a universal system, a vision and concrete plan and short term support to address immediate challenges.
Child care and early childhood education in Australia 20 May 2015 | Australia and New Zealand
This 2015 fact sheet from Australian Institute of Family Studies presents information about the types of child care used by children in Australia, highlighting how arrangements change as children grow, and how they vary for families of different characteristics.
The impact of child care costs and availability on mothers' labour supply 20 May 2015 | Europe
This paper reviews recent literature on the link between child care and women’s labor supply. It focuses on studies examining the US, Canada and several European countries, by comparing and discussing their methodologies and empirical results as well as their implications for child care policies. Results suggest that the impact of child care availability and costs are stronger for mothers' labor supply among more disadvantaged backgrounds. Child care programs aimed at lower income and less educated families have important implications for EU targets on child poverty and mothers’ employment.
Active play opportunities at child care 20 May 2015 | United States
Physical activity of preschoolers has been found to be highly correlated with their child care environment. This recent study observed 98 children from ten child care centres and found that preschool aged children were presented with significantly fewer than recommended opportunities for physical activity at child care. More active play opportunities are needed for children to meet recommendations, particularly those that encourage more outdoor time, more teacher-led and child-initiated active play, and flexibility in naptime for preschoolers.
Policy proposal on caregiving: child care, early education, after school care and long-term care 20 May 2015 | United States
The Make it Work campaign is proposing a bold new solution to caregiving in the United States that’s flexible and affordable for families, provides quality care for loved ones, values the people who provide it, and invests in high quality jobs. They note that having access to affordable child care doesn’t just help parents – it makes good economic sense. It keeps talented workers in the workforce and ensures better outcomes for kids. That’s a win/win.

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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