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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 maternelles 4 ans: la qualité de l'environnement éducatif et son apport à la préparation à l'école chez les enfants en milieux défavorisés 24 May 2017 | Quebec
This report analyzes quality in Quebec's full-day 4-year-old kindergarten - introduced to foster school readiness in children from disadvantaged areas and its impact. It found educational quality in full-day and half-day programs was low and had little impact on school readiness. The researchers note a need for increased investment to achieve the stated goals and meet the individual needs of the children. A short English summary and a French-only report are available.
The state of preschool 2016: State preschool yearbook 24 May 2017 | United States
Recently released annual report profiles data on prekindergarten programs across the United States, tracking funding, enrollment, teacher qualifications, policies and quality standards.
Towards a better future for women and work 24 May 2017 | International
A landmark International Labour Organization survey of 150,000 men and women in 142 countries takes stock of attitudes towards women's work, with a solid majority of both men and women preferring women to have equal access to decent work (as defined by the ILO) outside the home; gender, education, age and urbanness all make a difference. Prevailing barriers, including lack of affordable child care, unpaid care work, maternity leave/protection and work/life balance are delineated.
The demand for teacher characteristics in the market for child care 24 May 2017 | United States
This Institute of Labor Economics paper examines how US child care providers trade off program costs and quality when hiring staff in a market context. The results show the best qualified staff are less likely to be hired; while the preference may be for more experienced staff, those with more ECE experience were less likely to be interviewed and those with four year ECE degrees were no more likely to be interviewed than those with less ECE education.
For recognition of all children’s right to quality educational services, from birth onward 17 May 2017 | Quebec
New Declaration has been formed following the recent Quebec early childhood education summit that convened following the Commission on Early Childhood Education. The declaration outlines a collective agreement on defining the continuum of education, quality and access in the Quebec context.

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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