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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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Work activity of families with children in Canada, 2005 to 2015 23 May 2018 | Canada
Statistics Canada presents the first of a series intended to shed light on a range of social and economic issues across the country based on analysis of the 2016 Census results. Among other findings, labour force participation among couple parents of young children is highlighted as being comparatively less than other couples. 
Petite enfance: La qualité des services éducatifs au Québec 23 May 2018 | Quebec
A new Quebec report observes indicators of quality across early childhood settings between 2003 and 2014. Quality—as it is sketched out in the report by multiple assessment tools— appears to be better among not-for-profit subsidized Centres de la Petite Enfance (CPEs) compared to for-profit, subsidized garderies. Key factors of quality highlighted in the report include formal education and professional development of staff, working conditions, group size, adult to child ratios and on-site communication with parents. Recommendations are made; educators with post-secondary credentials, higher remuneration and better recognition top the list.
2017 Report: Parents and the high cost of child care 23 May 2018 | United States
Child Care Aware of America presents varied data on the cost of child care across America, noting the variation in different states and costs as a percentage of income for families. Authors propose financing solutions and policy recommendations to improve access for children and families.
The relationship between teacher qualification and the quality of the early childhood care and learning environment 23 May 2018 | Australia and New Zealand
This review helps us understand the importance of qualified educators in early childhood learning environments. The report looks at a compilation of data suggesting that child care is more likely to be of high quality when the educators have a post-secondary diploma, degree, masters, and/or Ph.D in early childhood education and care.
Is the last mile the longest? Economic gains from gender equality in Nordic countries 16 May 2018 | Europe
The OECD has authored a new report on family and gender-equality policies in the Nordic countries. With the highest rates of gender parity in employment compared to other OECD nations, social and economic advantages are attributed to the adoption of social policies geared to promote dual-earner/dual-carer family models. These include generously compensated parental leave and entitlement to publicly subsidized ECEC services. To conclude, authors make recommendations to close the persistent gender wage gap.

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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