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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.
Pour continuer à grandir: Commission sur l’éducation à la petite enfance 22 Feb 2017 | Quebec
The Institut du Nouveau Monde (INM) in partnership with the Association québécoise des centres de la petite enfance (AQCPE) has released its report on the Early Childhood Education Commission. Established to evaluate early childhood educational services and their impact on children, the commission consulted with numerous stakeholders culminating in five policy statements, each accompanied by specific recommendations. These policy statements include that the quality of early childhood educational services must be improved and that early childhood educational services must reach and include children from disadvantaged communities and vulnerable situations.
The visual arts in early childhood education 22 Feb 2017 | Canada
Recent special issue of the Journal of Childhood Studies considers the role of visual arts in the field of early learning and care. Articles touch on how an educator’s role, children’s explorations, and curriculum, materials, and environments might take shape. Each author proposes a perspective of art as relational, collaborative, and as a social practice.
Engaging Alberta municipal level governments in support of early learning and care 21 Feb 2017 | Alberta
Recent paper from the Muttart Foundation raises questions in order to generate discussion on the possible roles Alberta municipal level governments might play, and the responsibilities they might take on, to advance early learning and care (ELC) in the province with a focus on greater public management, planning and delivery of child care services.
Early learning and childcare delivering for disadvantaged children in England 21 Feb 2017 | Europe
2016 report reviews the impact of early years policies in England to date and considers the current outlook for disadvantaged children and the threat to their provision under the new 30-hour entitlement policy. Authors highlight that the government has pursued a mixed-market approach to the delivery of early learning and childcare thus creating a disparity in provider quality. The report puts forward thirteen recommendations for improvement including significant increases in capital funding grants.

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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