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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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Paternity leave and the motherhood penalty: New causal evidence 25 Sep 2018 | Europe
The objective of this study was to test how a father’s paternity leave affects the within-household gender wage gap among heterosexual couples.
No time to lose: Alternative federal budget 2019 19 Sep 2018 | Canada
"Under the Alternative Federal Budget plan, within 10 years every child in Canada will be able to access high quality ELCC services regardless of where they live, their family income or other circumstances—if the family so chooses." This report draws on data and existing resources to propose fully costed policy solutions for greater social and economic equality for all Canadians. We have highlighted the "Early learning and child care" and "Gender equality" chapters.
Indigenous early learning and child care framework 18 Sep 2018 | Canada
"The Indigenous Early Learning and Child Care Framework represents the Government of Canada and Indigenous peoples’ work to co-develop a transformative Indigenous framework that reflects the unique cultures, aspirations and needs of First Nations, Inuit and Métis children across Canada."
‘A New Deal for Children?’ – what happened next: a cross-national study of transferring early childhood services into education 18 Sep 2018 | International
Authors compare the experiences of Scotland, England and Sweden after responsibility for early childhood education and care (ECEC) services were united under their respective ministries of education in the late nineties. The paper examines and compares subsequent developments and consequences of the initial reform, from 2003–2017. Outcomes varied widely in the different contexts; representing a unique learning opportunity for Canada.
Government of Canada, Assembly of First Nations, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami and Métis National Council announce the first Indigenous early learning and child care framework 17 Sep 2018 | Canada
The Assembly of First Nations, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, the Métis National Council and the Government of Canada are working together to improve early learning and child care for Indigenous children by jointly releasing a co-developed Indigenous Early Learning and Child Care Framework.

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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