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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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Canadian children and race: Toward an anti-racism analysis 6 Dec 2017 | Canada
Authors of this recently released study investigate children's attitudes towards race and in-group/out-group bias in the early years from a Critical Race Theory perspective. Suggestions for enacting anti-racist ECEC practices are grounded in resetting hegemonic power structures the same way they were established, through knowledge production.
Canadian Union of Public Employees position paper: Early childhood education & Nova Scotia's Pre-Primary Program 6 Dec 2017 | Nova Scotia
In this position paper representing CUPE members, the case is made that individuals with post-secondary qualifications in early childhood education and care are best-suited to be the educators in Nova Scotia's new Pre-Primary program. Credentialed early childhood professionals have specialized knowledge and practicum training in early years pedagogy, child development and play-based learning-- all of which are appropriate in the early years context. Discussion of lessons to be learned from other provinces is also included.
Workforce profiles in systems of early childhood education and care in Europe 6 Dec 2017 | Europe
New study offers a cross-national analysis of early childhood and education and care systems in 27 EU countries with attention to key features of the early childhood workforce. Professional education and training requirements, composition of the workforce, occupational profiles and work settings as well as related demographics are presented in individual country reports, available in English and German.
Social policy trends: Labour force participation rate of women with young children 6 Dec 2017 | Alberta
Brief from Calgary's School of Public Policy compares labour force participation rates of women with an employed spouse and young children in Alberta, Ontario and Quebec. Considerable growth among working Quebecois mothers is significant following the introduction of Quebec's social policies on child care in 1997. Researchers consider how Alberta might learn from Quebec's policies.
Transforming work in Ontario's early years and child care sector 30 Nov 2017 | Ontario
The Association of Early Childhood Educators of Ontario's Decent Work Task Force has released policy recommendations to inform the province's current Workforce Strategy. The recommendations reflect the voices of over 4,000 early childhood educators who participated in the AECEO's online survey consultation and call for a new, base funding approach for early years services; a wage scale with a minimum floor of $25/hr for all early years staff; and workforce supports at the system level, designed to improve working conditions and sustainability of the sector.

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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