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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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Commission sur l’éducation à la petite enfance 21 Sep 2016 | Quebec
The Association québécoise des centres de la petite enfance (AQCPE) and the Institut du Nouveau Monde (INM) have announced the launch of an Early Childhood Education Commission. The commission will aim to take stock of early childhood education and child care in Quebec and establish a collective vision for its future. Through consultation with citizens, parents, policy makers, experts and researchers a final report with recommendations and a course of public policy action will be made.
It takes a village: The case for universal daycare 21 Sep 2016 | Canada
New article written by sociologist Tom Langford outlines the financial and regulatory history of daycare services in the past 50 years in Alberta that reveal a philosophical divide over the care of young children that persists to the present day. Langford makes the case for the introduction of universal daycare. He concludes, "it is time to build a new pillar of social security, solidarity and competitive advantage for Alberta in the 21st century—universal daycare."
Education at a Glance 2016 21 Sep 2016 | International
Education at a Glance 2016 provides a comparable and up-to-date array of indicators that reflect a consensus among professionals on how to measure the current state of education internationally. Section C2 (p. 298) concentrates on early childhood education systems around the world. Findings include that early childhood education ("pre-primary") now begins for most children well before they are 5 years old. At age three, 77% in the EU, and 71% in all countries, are enrolled, the participation rate for 4 year olds in OECD countries is 9 out of 10. The ECEC indicators recognize both that most parents are in the workforce today and that "there is a growing need for early childhood education". Of note, Canadian data was not available for most of the tables in the early childhood education section.
Longitudinal study of changes in teachers’ views of early childhood education in the USA, Russia, and Finland 21 Sep 2016 | International
Recent article published in the Journal of Early Childhood Education Research examines changes in educators’ views of the needs of children in early childhood education (ECE) context in the USA, Russia, and Finland over the past two decades. The results suggest great changes both on the micro and macro levels of ECE in all countries and that the economics and values beyond child care settings define the limits of resources available for educators to implement their pedagogical aspirations.
Speech from the Throne: A balanced plan to build Ontario up for everyone 14 Sep 2016 | Ontario
New Speech from the Throne in Ontario states plans to increase access to child care for infants, toddlers and pre-schoolers over the next five years by adding 100,000 more licensed spots in schools, workplaces and community settings. The speech outlines between $1 billion and $3 billion in new capital spending and $600 million to $750 million in annual operating costs by 2021.

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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