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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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Making ends meet: Toronto's 2015 living wage 15 Apr 2015 | Canada
New report from CCPA Ontario updates Toronto's living wage to reflect what it takes for two working parents with two children to make ends meet in 2015. The report notes that child care is the most expensive item on the list of annual expenses for a family with small children living in Toronto.
Lively Minds: Distinctions between academic versus intellectual goals for young children 15 Apr 2015 | United States
This report from the US-based Defending the Early Years (DEY) project explains the importance of understanding the difference between "intellectual" and "academic" learning in the early years. The author argues that the common sense notion that “earlier is better” is not supported by longitudinal studies of the effects of different kinds of preschool curriculum models.
Does the amount of time mothers spend with children or adolescents matter? 15 Apr 2015 | Canada
A large-scale longitudinal study of parent time, published in the April issue of the Journal of Marriage and Family. In examining children ages three to eleven, researchers found that the amount of time parents spent with them had virtually no impact on their academic achievement, emotional well-being or behavior. The study found that the quality of time spent is more important, especially for older children.
A submission to the Day of General Discussion (DGD) on the right to education for persons with disabilities 15 Apr 2015 | Canada
This is the second in a series of policy briefs from the Inclusive Early Childhood Service System project. This brief argues that the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities should be interpreted to include young children with disabilities. The brief also highlights the authors' apprehensions about Canada’s commitment to inclusion of young children with disabilities from a rights perspective.
Finnish lesson's 2.0: What can the World learn from educational change in Finland? 15 Apr 2015 | International
Second edition of Dr. Pasi Sahlberg's book demonstrates how systematically focusing on teacher and leader professionalism, building trust between the society and its schools, and investing in educational equity rather than competition, choice, and other market-based reforms make Finnish schools an international model of success. New Books in Education interview with Dr. Sahlberg examines the nuances of his homeland’s educational system and even its historical foundations in this new updated version.

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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