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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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Vote Child Care 2015 Pledge 24 Jun 2015 | Canada
The second phase of the Vote Child Care 2015 campaign is underway and gaining momentum. The next Canada-wide Pledge Day for child care is on August 12th.
Policy Issues in Indigenous Early Childhood Education and Care 2015 29 Jul 2015 | Canada
This updated CRRU Issue File is intended to promote discussion about Indigenous child care and early childhood education in Canada. It is organized into online documents and a list of useful resources including organizations, websites and other information. It builds on an earlier online CRRU Issue File titled Aboriginal Early Learning and Child Care: Policy Issues, compiled in 2011.
Margaret Laurence Lecture 2015 now online 29 Jul 2015 | Canada
CRRU director delivers speech at the annual Margaret Laurence Lecture on March 10, 2015 at Trent University.
A good start: Advances in early childhood development 29 Jul 2015 | International
The current issue of Early Childhood Matters from the Bernard van Leer Foundation surveys the state of the early childhood field (broadly defined) on various topics ranging from child development outcomes to early intervention to measurement.
Report of Inter-Departmental Working Group: Future investment in childcare in Ireland 29 Jul 2015 | Europe
New report from the Inter-Departmental Group on the provision of childcare in Ireland recommends significant changes to the way in which the State supports early education in areas such as childcare fees for families. It also discusses parental leave.

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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