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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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New parents and child care survey 20 Jan 2017 | Canada
The Childcare Resource and Research Unit is conducting a survey of parents and parents-to-be across Canada who are (or whose partner is) expecting a baby or on paid or unpaid maternity/parental leave. We are studying how parents make plans for child care to help develop strategies for helping families find child care arrangements. This anonymous survey should take no longer than 15 minutes to complete. Please help us to circulate the survey, either by passing it on yourself to appropriate individuals or groups, through social media, by putting a link to it on your website or in a newsletter, or through other means. Please find links to the questionnaire, available in English and French, on this page as well as attached survey logos that can be used in your outreach strategies.
Democratic accountability and contextualised systemic evaluation 18 Jan 2017 | International
As the OECD plans to complete an international comparison of learning outcomes among children 4.5 - 5.5 years old using the International Early Learning Study (IELS), this new paper suggests that such a standardized assessment will not be useful. The authors suggest the IELS would decontextualize data, ranking it poorly in reliability and validity, thus rendering it useless in helping decision makers and leaders in early childhood education and care. The authors cite a lack of consultation, respect for diversity, socio-cultural context and the rights of children as reasons why the IELS would not be an appropriate method for data collection. The RECE also calls on the ECEC community to be critical of the motives and assumptions that would be part and parcel of the IELS study. 
Respecting but not sustaining play: Early childhood educators’ and home childcare providers’ practices that support children’s play 18 Jan 2017 | Canada
Recent study from Quebec investigates early childhood educator (ECE) and home care provider (HCP) practices that support play among children between the ages of 18 and 36 months. Using the Educational Quality Observation Scales to evaluate adult interventions in children's play and collect data over time, findings revealed that ECE and HCP practices often did not support the curricula framework,and the majority of scores were qualified as "minimal" or "unsatisfactory" except in the category of "respecting children's play". Participants appeared to promote a free play approach, but did not practice guided play-- the recommended practice outlined in Quebec's curriculum framework.
Fatalities and the organization of child care in the United States, 1985–2003 18 Jan 2017 | United States
2005 journal article considers the safety risks in non-relative child care. Drawing on literature reporting mistakes in organizations and medical errors, authors specifically analyze fatalities in U.S. child care. They consider the different types of child care and their organizational features in order to analyze how the social organization of care affects risks. Findings include that although overall child care is quite safe, there are striking differences in fatality rates across types of care with centre care being significantly safer than care offered in private homes.
The Modern Families Index 2017 18 Jan 2017 | Europe
The 2017 Modern Families Index provides a snapshot of how working families in the UK manage the balance between family life and work. It describes the pressure points where family and work meet and how these vary by demographic and other circumstances. Key findings include that fathers increasingly see themselves as actively involved in childcare and that parents whose employers afforded them a good work-life balance had more motivated, loyal and productive employees.

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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