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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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Fair play: More equal laws boost female labor force participation 25 Feb 2015 | International
A new report from the IMF examines women's labour force participation and investigates the multiple barriers restricting women from becoming economically active. The report states that to bring more women into the workforce and increase economic growth, we need to level the playing field and eliminate legal discrimination against women. Other forces, such as increased educational opportunities and access to affordable child care and maternity leave, also resulted in more women joining the workforce.
High quality centre-based childcare can prevent developmental difficulties 25 Feb 2015 | Europe
Report from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health states that high quality centre-based childcare prevents language and behavioural difficulties. "The main findings in the report are particularly significant for vulnerable children. We see that poor quality centre-based childcare can affect these children's development negatively over time".
Child care costs survey 2015 25 Feb 2015 | Europe
The 14th annual cost survey by Family and Childcare Trust [UK] finds that the cost of a part-time nursery place for a child under two has increased by an inflation-busting 33 per cent. The report also finds that just 43 per cent of councils in England had enough childcare for parents who need them, compared with 54 per cent last year. Family and Childcare Trust is calling for radical reform and a commitment from all political parties to an independent review of child care.
Childcare and early childhood learning: Productivity Commission inquiry report 25 Feb 2015 | Australia and New Zealand
The Productivity Commission's final report examines future policy options for ECEC in Australia that address current concerns with accessibility, flexibility and affordability in a way that better supports children's learning and development needs and the workforce participation of parents.
School readiness: a conceptual framework 18 Feb 2015 | International
This UNICEF paper presents a broad concept of school readiness and makes links between early education and primary education outcomes. The paper provides a rationale for the importance of school readiness, makes a strong case about the costs of inaction for children, families, communities and countries, and addresses international strategies for action.

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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