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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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Without more money for child care, the budget cannot be termed “gender-focused” 14 Feb 2018 | Canada
In this pre-budget release, Child Care Now proposes expanding the child care funding plan outlined in the 2017 federal budget, to spend 1% of Canada's total GDP on child care by the tenth year. The advocacy group recommends $1 billion in federal funding be transferred to the provinces/territories to be used within the upcoming fiscal year on evidence-based approaches to building high-quality child care systems, accessible to all children and families. 
Lifting our game 14 Feb 2018 | Australia and New Zealand
New Australian report provides evidence suggesting that participation in quality early childhood education and care has positive impacts on achievement (as defined in the report) in the school years. Importantly, authors recognize that a range of policy goals are served by the provision of ECEC- promoting children's wellbeing and learning as well as supporting parental workforce participation. Recommendations for the workforce and increases in funding to align with OECD averages are included.
Childcare costs and migrant and local mothers' labor force participation in urban China 14 Feb 2018 | Asia
Population trends demonstrate the migration of people in China from rural areas to urban cities. This study focuses on how the cost of and access to childcare is impacting labor force participation, specifically for mothers within this context. The study found that both local and migrant mothers were negatively impacted by increasing costs of childcare and it affected their labor force participation, with migrant mothers being the most affected.
Profiting from children: a child care social impact bond in Chicago 14 Feb 2018 | United States
This case study investigated the use of 'social impact bonds' to fund Chicago Child-Parent Centres. Authors explain how this phenomena of private investment in social services may reap benefits for investors, but jeopardize the integrity of social services and potentially, the well-being of children. Potential outcomes of concern are explored, including: limiting access to special education programs, 'teaching to the test', and enabling private investors to have a say in service planning and evaluation.
Policy briefing note: Community plan for a public system of integrated early care and learning 7 Feb 2018 | British Columbia
In anticipation of British Columbia's 2018 Throne Speech and budget, this policy brief proposes concrete actions to the BC government intended to help fulfill election commitments to child care in the short and long terms. The Coalition of Child Care Advocates of BC and the Early Childhood Educators of BC delineate the need for immediate relief from sky-high parent fees, investment in the workforce and a detailed, long-term plan. The Speech from the Throne will take place on the 13th of February, while the budget will be released February 20th.

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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