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Updated December 22, 2012
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The Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU) focuses on research and policy resources in the context of a high quality system of early childhood education and child care in Canada. Every week, the main content links form the CRRU website are sent by email to the CRRU's mailing list. Below, you'll find the table of contents from, and links to, the CRRU alerts from June 2009 to date.

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CRRU Publications - briefing notes, factsheets, occasional papers and other publications
ISSUE files - theme pages, each filled with contextual information and links to further info

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Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU)
The Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU) is a policy and research oriented facility that focuses on early childhood education and child care (ECEC) and family policy in Canada and internationally.

For more recent content, go to the Non-Governmental Early Learning and Child Care Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/ecd2.htm

Content on this page is organized in reverse chronological order.

December 22, 2012

What's new online this week:

1. Research, policy & practice
- materials include: scholarly research, policy studies and briefs, government and NGO reports

OPEN LETTER: To members of Peel Regional Council regarding closure of regional child care centres
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/12/12/open-letter-members-peel-regional-council-regarding-closure
21 Dec 2012 | Ontario
Open letter states that the "(Ontario) provincial government's shift to a new funding formula significantly improves Peel Region's childcare funding situation" and "with this in mind, we are calling on you to take this opportunity to reverse your decision to shut down all Peel Region's high quality Learn Play Care centres".

OCBCC summary of Ontario’s new child care funding formula and funding framework
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/12/12/ocbcc-summary-ontario%E2%80%99s-new-child-care-funding-formula-and-
21 Dec 2012 | Ontario
Initial response to Ontario's new funding formula for child care outlines positive aspects as well as concerns, and calls on the child care community to monitor developments closely in the new year.

Transitioning to Ontario's new child care funding formula and funding framework: Supporting documents
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/12/12/transitioning-ontarios-new-child-care-funding-formula-and-f
19 Dec 2012 | Ontario
Technical paper and funding guidelines introduce and explain new funding formula for child care in Ontario.

An international perspective on regulated family day care systems
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/12/12/international-perspective-regulated-family-day-care-systems
19 Dec 2012 | International
Article co-authored by Gillian Doherty, Martha Friendly and others compares regulated family day care (FDC) in Australia, Canada, England and Wales, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Norway, New Zealand, Sweden, and the USA.

Revisiting work-life issues in Canada: The 2012 national study on balancing work and caregiving in Canada
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/12/12/revisiting-work-life-issues-canada-2012-national-study-bala
19 Dec 2012 | Canada
Study of 25,000 Canadians finds that one in three respondents can be considered to be in the sandwich generation struggling to balance time each week in work, childcare and eldercare.

2. Child care in the news:
- archive of news articles about early childhood education and child care (ECEC) in Canada and abroad.

Gender wage gap hurts economic growth
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/12/12/gender-wage-gap-hurts-economic-growth
21 Dec 2012 | Canada

Alta. child-care plan needed
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/12/12/alta-child-care-plan-needed
21 Dec 2012 | Alberta

Region gets $1.3million boost to child-care funding
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/12/12/region-gets-13million-boost-child-care-funding
21 Dec 2012 | Ontario

Peel gets larger piece of child care funding
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/12/12/peel-gets-larger-piece-child-care-funding
21 Dec 2012 | Ontario

U of O law student says city day-care policy unfair
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/12/12/u-o-law-student-says-city-day-care-policy-unfair
19 Dec 2012 | Ontario

December 15, 2012

What's new online this week:

1. Research, policy & practice
- materials include: scholarly research, policy studies and briefs, government and NGO reports

CUPE Ontario's public early learning and care forum [video]
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/12/12/cupe-ontarios-public-early-learning-and-care-forum-video
12 Dec 2012 - Canada
Video of Sharon Gregson from the child care forum held on November 15th at Ryerson University.

The key to lifelong health: Invest in the early years
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/12/12/key-lifelong-health-invest-early-years
12 Dec 2012 | Canada
Commentary from the Canadian Paediatric Society states that "Canada needs public policy that prioritizes young children and families, supports their development, stimulates the creation of supportive environments and helps strengthen the relationships that protect children from adversity".

Daycare double duty
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/12/12/daycare-double-duty
12 Dec 2012 | Canada
Article summarizes research findings from study that set out to uncover what Canadian parents really know about their children's care.

Must do better! Professor says Government wrong on childcare policy
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/12/12/must-do-better-professor-says-government-wrong-childcare-po
10 Dec 2012 | Europe
Article by Helen Penn argues that "we (England) are a high spender on early education and care. But we spend very badly. We have a very muddled system of provision, some public, some private, some focused on care, some on education, with overlapping or competitive forms of early education and childcare in wealthier areas, and very little provision in poor areas. We don't have a clear idea of what we spend or where we spend it".

Child care workers face serious challenges
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/12/12/child-care-workers-face-serious-challenges
5 Dec 2012 | Nova Scotia
CBC Radio Nova Scotia interviews chair of the Nova Scotia Childcare Association, Kathleen Couture who argues that early childhood educator's lost wages are subsidizing the cost of child care for families. A link to the response from Community Services Minister Denise Peterson-Rafuse is also available.

MORE research, policy & practice
http://childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice

2. Child care in the news:
- archive of news articles about early childhood education and child care (ECEC) in Canada and abroad.

People get it – fair taxes benefit everyone
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/12/12/people-get-it-%E2%80%93-fair-taxes-benefit-everyone
12 Dec 2012 | British Columbia

Strike vote for gender pay equity at UBC child care held today
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/12/12/strike-vote-gender-pay-equity-ubc-child-care-held-today
12 Dec 2012 | British Columbia

Tax breaks to help with child care costs
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/12/12/tax-breaks-help-child-care-costs
12 Dec 2012 | Europe

Early learning is a better bargain than universities: Goar
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/12/12/early-learning-better-bargain-universities-goar
11 Dec 2012 | Canada

Crippling cost of childcare 'stops thousands from going to work'
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/12/12/crippling-cost-childcare-%E2%80%98stops-thousands-going-work
10 Dec 2012 | Europe

MORE child care in the news
http://childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news

December 9, 2012

What's new online this week:

1. Research, policy & practice
- materials include: scholarly research, policy studies and briefs, government and NGO reports

In search of child care
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/12/12/search-child-care
4 Dec 2012 | Canada
"78.2 - Percentage of children under the age of six in Canada who don't have the option of regulated child care because there aren't enough spaces to go around". The December edition of Hennessy's Index tells the story of the 40 year search for a national child care program in Canada.

Child care workers face serious challenges
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/12/12/child-care-workers-face-serious-challenges
5 Dec 2012 | Nova Scotia
CBC Radio Nova Scotia interviews chair of the Nova Scotia Childcare Association, Kathleen Couture who argues that early childhood educator's lost wages are subsidizing the cost of child care for families. A link to the response from Community Services Minister Denise Peterson-Rafuse is also available.

PEI early learning framework: Relationships, environments, experiences
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/12/12/pei-early-learning-framework-relationships-environments-exp
5 Dec 2012 | Prince Edward Island
Curriculum Framework of the Preschool Excellence Initiative written by Kathleen Flanagan states that the "successful implementation of the curriculum framework will require – in addition to appropriate resources and physical environments – the involvement of early childhood educators with a strong foundation in early childhood education and development, and strong pedagogical leadership from directors of Early Years Centres".

Championing Children's Rights: A global study of independent human rights institutions for children - summary report
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/12/12/championing-childrens-rights-global-study-independent-human
5 Dec 2012 | International
The UNICEF Office of Research describes how independent institutions advocating for children's rights are "key players in promoting systems that are effective in delivering results for children".

We can work it out: Parental employment in London
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/12/12/we-can-work-it-out-parental-employment-london
5 Dec 2012 | Europe
Report from the Child Poverty Action Group in London, England aims to "demonstrate that progress can be made to help more parents in London access employment, and [lays] out the policy options for those in central, regional and local government who are committed to this goal".

MORE research, policy & practice
http://childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice

2. Child care in the news:
- archive of news articles about early childhood education and child care (ECEC) in Canada and abroad.

Britain stands at equality crossroads, according to landmark report
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/12/12/britain-stands-equality-crossroads-according-landmark-report
5 Dec 2012 | Europe

Responsibility for child care belongs to all of us
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/12/12/responsibility-child-care-belongs-all-us
5 Dec 2012 | British Columbia

Early years funding should focus on poorest families, Ofsted says
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/12/12/early-years-funding-should-focus-poorest-families-ofsted-says
4 Dec 2012 | Europe

Childminders fight back over Ofsted claims
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/12/12/childminders-fight-back-over-ofsted-claims
4 Dec 2012 | Europe

Improve daycare supervision rules, coroners say
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/12/12/improve-daycare-supervision-rules-coroners-say
4 Dec 2012 | Ontario

MORE child care in the news
http://childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news

December 2, 2012

What's new online this week:

1. Research, policy & practice
- materials include: scholarly research, policy studies and briefs, government and NGO reports

Early childhood education and care in Alberta: Comparison between 2004 and 2010 - Key findings
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/12/11/early-childhood-education-and-care-alberta-comparison-betwe
28 Nov 2012 | Alberta
Fact sheet from Public Interest Alberta released with the launch of their new advocacy campaign calling upon the Alberta government to invest in building a quality public early childhood education and care system.

Towards a Scandinavian childcare system for 0-12 year olds in Ireland?
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/12/11/towards-scandinavian-childcare-system-0-12-year-olds-irelan
27 Nov 2012 | Europe
Report by Barnardos and Start Strong outlines the key features that would be involved in developing a Scandinavian child care system in Ireland.

A man's place: Fathers, workers and boys in early education and care services
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/12/11/mans-place-fathers-workers-and-boys-early-education-and-car
27 Nov 2012 | Europe
Children in Europe, Issue 23 asks if masculinity is the missing link in ECEC services. Available for purchase online.

Assessing the benefits of community human services
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/12/11/assessing-benefits-community-human-services
27 Nov 2012 | Canada
Report from the Caledon Institute of Social Policy investigates eight areas of human service including early childhood education and care.

Early childhood education has widespread and long lasting benefits
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/12/11/early-childhood-education-has-widespread-and-long-lasting-b
27 Nov 2012 | Canada
Special report from TD Economics argues that "given the unquestionable number of benefits that early childhood education can provide, it follows that more focus should be put on investing in, and improving, the system".

MORE research, policy & practice
http://childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice

2. Child care in the news:
- archive of news articles about early childhood education and child care (ECEC) in Canada and abroad.

Waste of money
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/12/11/waste-money
28 Nov 2012 | Saskatchewan

Boost child care spending for big payoff, bank urges
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/12/11/boost-child-care-spending-big-payoff-bank-urges
27 Nov 2012 | Canada

TD Economics says child care should be a top spending priority for governments after deficits eliminated
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/12/11/td-economics-says-child-care-should-be-top-spending-priority-governm
27 Nov 2012 | Canada

Female academics excluded from recognition and equal pay: study
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/12/11/female-academics-excluded-recognition-and-equal-pay-study
26 Nov 2012 | Canada

Lack of cheap daycare major cause of child poverty, say advocacy groups
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/12/11/lack-cheap-daycare-major-cause-child-poverty-says-advocacy-groups
22 Nov 2012 | British Columbia

MORE child care in the news
http://childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news

November 25, 2012

What's new online this week:

1. Research, policy & practice
- materials include: scholarly research, policy studies and briefs, government and NGO reports

Physical activity in Canadian early childhood education and care
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/12/11/physical-activity-canadian-early-childhood-education-and-ca
21 Nov 2012 | Canada
This CRRU ISSUE File [ http://www.childcarecanada.org/resources/issue-files ] gathers research on the situation regarding physical activity for young children in ECEC environments. As well, it aims to promote an increased focus on physical activity in early childhood education and care programs by providing practical resources and more information on this issue, which is under-studied in Canada.

Toward a provincial framework for early learning and care in Alberta discussion papers
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/12/11/toward-provincial-framework-early-learning-and-care-alberta
21 Nov 2012 | Alberta
Series of discussion papers to generate stakeholder discussion on the key features and characteristics of a possible provincial framework for early learning and care in Alberta.

Needed: A federal action plan to eradicate child and family poverty in Canada
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/12/11/needed-federal-action-plan-eradicate-child-and-family-pover
21 Nov 2012 | Canada
Campaign 2000's 2012 report card "highlights the need for a national strategy on good jobs and affordable housing, as well as greater investment in regulated, not-for-profit childcare as critical to building a strong future for all Canadian families". Provincial reports from Alberta, New Brunswick and British Columbia are also available.

Diffusing ideas for after-neoliberalism: The social investment perspective in Europe and Latin America
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/12/11/diffusing-ideas-after-neoliberalism-social-investment-persp
20 Nov 2012 | Canada
Jane Jenson explains that the "[social investment] approach to social policy is oriented towards the medium and long-term future, making it child-focused and committed to using human capital investments by states as well as families to prepare for the future knowledge-based economy".
Canadian Child Care Federation launches new website 14 Nov 2012 | Canada
The Canadian Child Care Federation has launched their new website. The new design includes an expanded professional development section and enhanced social networking capability.

MORE research, policy & practice
http://childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice

2. Child care in the news:
- archive of news articles about early childhood education and child care (ECEC) in Canada and abroad.

Lack of cheap daycare major cause of child poverty, says advocacy groups
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/12/11/lack-cheap-daycare-major-cause-child-poverty-says-advocacy-groups
22 Nov 2012 | British Columbia

91,000 paper prayers offered to end child poverty
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/12/11/91000-paper-prayers-offered-end-child-poverty
21 Nov 2012 | Alberta

Enough with child poverty 'band-aids': BC teachers' union
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/12/11/enough-child-poverty-band-aids-bc-teachers-union
21 Nov 2012 | British Columbia

Obesity odds may be higher for children in daycare
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/12/11/obesity-odds-may-be-higher-children-daycare
21 Nov 2012 | Quebec

Rebalancing child-care equations
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/12/11/rebalancing-child-care-equations
20 Nov 2012 | Europe

MORE child care in the news
http://childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news

November 17, 2012

What's new online this week:

1. Research, policy & practice
- materials include: scholarly research, policy studies and briefs, government and NGO reports

Canadian Child Care Federation launches new website
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/12/11/canadian-child-care-federation-launches-new-website
14 Nov 2012 | Canada
The Canadian Child Care Federation has launched their new website. The new design includes an expanded professional development section and enhanced social networking capability.

Profiting from public value? The case of Social Impact Bonds
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/12/11/profiting-public-value-case-social-impact-bonds
14 Nov 2012 | United States
Draft paper prepared by Mildred Warner looks at three emerging SIB [Social Impact Bond] schemes in the UK and the US, including some program projections regarding early childhood education.

Let's re-think child care - you're not alone [poster]
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/12/11/lets-re-think-child-care-youre-not-alone-poster
14 Nov 2012 | Canada
Poster from CUPE National available in print or to download in pdf.

UN report affirms child care advocates' messages
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/12/11/un-report-affirms-child-care-advocates-messages
13 Nov 2012 | Canada
Advocacy update from the CCAAC concludes that "Canadians can and must demand that our governments live up to their human rights commitments. It is time to hold our elected representatives responsible. It is time for Canada to build an accessible, affordable, high quality system of Early Learning and Child Care for our children, for women, for families, our communities and economy".

Making the difference: The impact of staff qualifications on children's learning in early years
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/12/11/making-difference-impact-staff-qualifications-childrens-lea
12 Nov 2012 | Europe
Evidence gathered through Education Scotland's pre-school inspections shows "early indications that having staff with relevant higher level qualifications [is having] a positive effect on practice".

MORE research, policy & practice
http://childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice

2. Child care in the news:
- archive of news articles about early childhood education and child care (ECEC) in Canada and abroad.

Have we learned from our ABCs? 15 Nov 2012 | Australia and New Zealand
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/12/11/have-we-learned-our-abcs
Feds introduce controversial ‘social impact bonds’ to fund social services
14 Nov 2012 | Canada

15 of 18 Kelowna daycares cited for infractions
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/12/11/15-18-kelowna-daycares-cited-infractions
14 Nov 2012 | British Columbia

What the city’s childcare needs is some good old-fashion promotion
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/12/11/what-city%E2%80%99s-childcare-needs-some-good-old-fashion-promotion
14 Nov 2012 | Ontario

Musings on the state of women's equality in Canada: Based on a true forum
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/12/11/musings-state-womens-equality-canada-based-true-forum
13 Nov 2012 | Canada

MORE child care in the news
http://childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news

November 10, 2012

What's new online this week:

1. Research, policy & practice
- materials include: scholarly research, policy studies and briefs, government and NGO reports

Town hall forum on equality and child care video highlights
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/12/11/town-hall-forum-equality-and-child-care-video-highlights
7 Nov 2012 | British Columbia
Videos include dialogue sessions from the event and closing remarks from Tom Kertes who spoke about "sacred spaces created and sustained by early childhood educators and the value of recognizing this work, connecting child care to other social movements for human dignity".

Counting the costs of childcare
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/12/11/counting-costs-childcare
6 Nov 2012 | Europe
Report from the Resolution Foundation (UK) finds that "high childcare costs mean that a woman working full-time could bring home as little as £4 a week in extra pay".

Convergent care regimes? Childcare arrangements in Australia, Canada, Finland and Sweden
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/12/11/convergent-care-regimes-childcare-arrangements-australia-ca
6 Nov 2012 | International
article by Rianne Mahon et al. concludes that "in Canada, there has been more support for the two-earner model and non-profit forms of childcare: yet in both the cost of childcare places makes it more difficult to combine work and caring for women".

Child care design & technical guideline
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/12/11/child-care-design-technical-guideline
6 Nov 2012 | Ontario
Guidelines from the City of Toronto were developed with the consideration that "within the spectrum of elements that create excellent child care, the quality of the environment has a profound influence".

Recent perspectives on early childhood education in Canada
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/12/10/recent-perspectives-early-childhood-education-canada
31 Oct 2012 | Canada
Book edited by Nina Howe and Larry Prochner "brings together ground-breaking research in this area [ECEC] to help practitioners, students, policy makers, curriculum designers, and intervention program developers understand the latest ideas and advances in the field".

MORE research, policy & practice
http://childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice

2. Child care in the news:
- archive of news articles about early childhood education and child care (ECEC) in Canada and abroad.

Kindergarten goes outdoors
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/12/11/kindergarten-goes-outdoors
7 Nov 2012 | British Columbia

Daycares need to improve access for disabled
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/12/11/daycares-need-improve-access-disabled
7 Nov 2012 | New Brunswick

If they won’t listen to the experts, maybe they’ll listen to the accountants
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/12/11/if-they-won%E2%80%99t-listen-experts-maybe-they%E2%80%99ll-listen-accountants
6 Nov 2012 | Newfoundland

Child care across the country
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/12/11/child-care-across-country
6 Nov 2012 | United States

New policy to ensure optimal development of children: Tirath
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/12/10/new-policy-ensure-optimal-development-children-tirath
31 Oct 2012 | Asia

MORE child care in the news
http://childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news

November 4, 2012

What's new online this week:

1. Research, policy & practice
- materials include: scholarly research, policy studies and briefs, government and NGO reports

Recent perspectives on early childhood education in Canada
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/12/10/recent-perspectives-early-childhood-education-canada
31 Oct 2012 | Canada
Book edited by Nina Howe and Larry Prochner "brings together ground-breaking research in this area [ECEC] to help practitioners, students, policy makers, curriculum designers, and intervention program developers understand the latest ideas and advances in the field".

What we heard: Giving children the best start —The early years
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/12/10/what-we-heard-giving-children-best-start-%E2%80%94-early-years
31 Oct 2012 | Nova Scotia
Report from the Government of Nova Scotia summarizes recommendations put forward by "more than 1,000 Nova Scotians [who] attended focus groups and interest group sessions, provided written submissions, and completed an online survey responding to the Early Years discussion paper released in May".

Hunger count 2012: A comprehensive report on hunger and food bank use in Canada, and recommendations for change
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/12/10/hunger-count-2012-comprehensive-report-hunger-and-food-bank
31 Oct 2012 | Canada
Report from Food Banks Canada finds that a record number of Canadians are using food banks and 38% are children.

Childminding: Regulation and recognition
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/12/10/childminding-regulation-and-recognition
30 Oct 2012 | Europe
Policy brief from Start Strong Ireland argues that "regulation of childminders would be good for children, offering them additional protection and extending opportunities to raise quality standards in childminding".

Commercial child care in Canada: Can child care thrive in a speculative investment environment?
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/12/10/commercial-child-care-canada-can-child-care-thrive-speculat
30 Oct 2012 | Canada
Report written by a Certified Management Accountant concludes that "the current strategy of the only publicly traded [child care] company in Canada [Edluen] requires a very large number of child care spaces (and therefore many facilities) to be under their control in order for the company to reach viability".

MORE research, policy & practice
http://childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice

2. Child care in the news:
- archive of news articles about early childhood education and child care (ECEC) in Canada and abroad.

New policy to ensure optimal development of children: Tirath
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/12/10/new-policy-ensure-optimal-development-children-tirath
31 Oct 2012 | Asia

Nunavut childcare system needs more money, more GN support: MLA
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/12/10/nunavut-childcare-system-needs-more-money-more-gn-support-mla
31 Oct 2012 | Nunavut

Campaigners launch 'alternative' EYFS
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/12/10/campaigners-launch-alternative-eyfs
30 Oct 2012 | Europe

Childcare: how the cost of bringing up baby is bankrupting middle Britain
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/12/10/childcare-how-cost-bringing-baby-bankrupting-middle-britain
29 Oct 2012 | Europe

Child care a surefire investment for government
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/12/10/child-care-surefire-investment-government
29 Oct 2012 | British Columbia

MORE child care in the news
http://childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news

October 27, 2012

What's new online this week:

1. Research, policy & practice
- materials include: scholarly research, policy studies and briefs, government and NGO reports

Quality matters in early childhood education and care: Japan
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/12/10/quality-matters-early-childhood-education-and-care-japan
24 Oct 2012 | Asia
Ten of 34 OECD countries are participating in the Quality Matters in ECEC: Country Policy Profiles. Canada is not included. This week the CRRU is featuring Japan where policy lever 3 - Improving qualifications, training and working conditions, is examined.

$10 a day child care: A key to ending family poverty
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/12/10/10-day-child-care-key-ending-family-poverty
24 Oct 2012 | British Columbia
Fourth fact sheet in a series from the Coalition of Child Care Advocates of BC "highlights the relationship between the early care and learning plan and a poverty reduction strategy for BC".

Early childhood development and disability: A discussion paper
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/12/10/early-childhood-development-and-disability-discussion-paper
24 Oct 2012 | International
Report from UNICEF and WHO argues that "evidence-based research and multi-country experiences make a strong rationale for investing in early childhood development, especially for children at risk of developmental delay or with a disability".

Public investments in early childhood education and care in Canada 2010
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/12/10/public-investments-early-childhood-education-and-care-canad
17 Oct 2012 | Canada
This report, published by Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, is similar in format and information to Early Childhood Education and Care in Canada (1992, 1995, 1998, 2001, 2004, 2006, 2008)developed and published by the Childcare Resource and Research Unit. The full report is available online only and in French also.

Double dutch: The case against deregulation and demand-led funding in childcare
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/12/10/double-dutch-case-against-deregulation-and-demand-led-fundi
16 Oct 2012 | Europe
Report by the Institute for Public Policy Research (UK)challenges claims made by Liz Truss (now Minister for Childcare and Education) that "UK should learn from the Dutch childcare system" and suggests Denmark may be a better example to follow.

MORE research, policy & practice
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2. Child care in the news:
- archive of news articles about early childhood education and child care (ECEC) in Canada and abroad.

Poll: Illnesses leading to exclusions from child care are big problem for working parents
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/12/10/poll-illnesses-leading-exclusions-child-care-are-big-problem-working
24 Oct 2012 | United States

Grandparents saving families millions on child care
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/12/10/grandparents-saving-families-millions-child-care
24 Oct 2012 | Australia and New Zealand

Trade unions want new child care cuts halted
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/12/10/trade-unions-want-new-child-care-cuts-halted
24 Oct 2012 | Europe

Child care sector leaders have joined forces to urge the federal government to fund professional wages for child care workers.
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/12/10/child-care-sector-leaders-have-joined-forces-urge-federal-government
24 Oct 2012 | Australia and New Zealand

12th anniversary of child care worker and early childhood educator appreciation day
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/12/10/12th-anniversary-child-care-worker-and-early-childhood-educator-appr
24 Oct 2012 | Ontario

MORE child care in the news
http://childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news

October 20, 2012

What's new online this week:

1. Research, policy & practice
- materials include: scholarly research, policy studies and briefs, government and NGO reports

Public investments in early childhood education and care in Canada 2010
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/12/10/public-investments-early-childhood-education-and-care-canad
17 Oct 2012 | Canada
This report, published by Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, is similar in format and information to Early Childhood Education and Care in Canada (1992, 1995, 1998, 2001, 2004, 2006, 2008) developed and published by the Childcare Resource and Research Unit. The full report is available online only and in French.

Double dutch: The case against deregulation and demand-led funding in childcare
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/12/10/double-dutch-case-against-deregulation-and-demand-led-fundi
16 Oct 2012 | Europe
Report by the Institute for Public Policy Research (UK)challenges claims made by Liz Truss (now Minister for Childcare and Education) that "UK should learn from the Dutch childcare system" and suggests Denmark may be a better example to follow.

Parental involvement in early learning: A review of research, policy and good practice
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/12/10/parental-involvement-early-learning-review-research-policy-
16 Oct 2012 | Europe
Report from the Bernard van Leer Foundation aims to "gain more insight into the current theories and practices in relation to parental involvement in early learning in the Netherlands".

Child care modernization feedback: Approaches for funding and quality
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/12/10/child-care-modernization-feedback-approaches-funding-and-qu
10 Oct 2012 | Ontario
Response to modernizing child care in Ontario discussion from Petr Varmuza & Laura Coulman focuses on funding and quality in child care services and "is centered on the core assumption that any substantial transformation (or modernization, if you will) in any one area of child care is not possible without a comprehensive Ontario child care policy framework".

Consideration of reports submitted by States parties under article 44 of the Convention. Concluding observations: Canada
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/12/10/consideration-reports-submitted-states-parties-under-articl
10 Oct 2012 | Canada
Concluding observations on Canada from the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child states that "early childhood care and education continues to be inadequate for children under four years of age. Furthermore, the Committee is concerned that the majority of early childhood care and education services in the State party are provided by private, profit-driven institutions, resulting in such services being unaffordable for most families".

MORE research, policy & practice
http://childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice

2. Child care in the news:
- archive of news articles about early childhood education and child care (ECEC) in Canada and abroad.

Denmark holds the key to affordable childcare, think tank argues
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/12/10/denmark-holds-key-affordable-childcare-think-tank-argues
16 Oct 2012 | Europe

Sure Start parent campaigners join unions to launch national childcare campaign
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/12/10/sure-start-parent-campaigners-join-unions-launch-national-childcare-
16 Oct 2012 | Europe

Charitable organizations: A pillar of democracy
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/12/10/charitable-organizations-pillar-democracy
16 Oct 2012 | Canada

Rita Chudnovsky: Plan for $10-a-day childcare striking a chord in B.C.
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/12/10/rita-chudnovsky-plan-10-day-childcare-striking-chord-bc
15 Oct 2012 | British Columbia

Early childhood education squeezed too tightly
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/12/10/early-childhood-education-squeezed-too-tightly
10 Oct 2012 | British Columbia

MORE child care in the news
http://childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news

October 14, 2012

What's new online this week:

1. Research, policy & practice
- materials include: scholarly research, policy studies and briefs, government and NGO reports

Child care modernization feedback: Approaches for funding and quality
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/12/10/child-care-modernization-feedback-approaches-funding-and-qu
10 Oct 2012 | Ontario
Response to modernizing child care in Ontario discussion from Petr Varmuza & Laura Coulman focuses on funding and quality in child care services and "is centered on the core assumption that any substantial transformation (or modernization, if you will) in any one area of child care is not possible without a comprehensive Ontario child care policy framework".

Consideration of reports submitted by States parties under article 44 of the Convention. Concluding observations: Canada
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/12/10/consideration-reports-submitted-states-parties-under-articl
10 Oct 2012 | Canada
Concluding observations on Canada from the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child states that "early childhood care and education continues to be inadequate for children under four years of age. Furthermore, the Committee is concerned that the majority of early childhood care and education services in the State party are provided by private, profit-driven institutions, resulting in such services being unaffordable for most families".

Scientific thinking in young children: Theoretical advances, empirical research, and policy implications
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/12/10/scientific-thinking-young-children-theoretical-advances-emp
10 Oct 2012 | United States
New research explores how "young children's learning and thinking are strikingly similar to much learning and thinking in science". Concludes that "early childhood experience is extremely important and that the trend toward more structured and academic early childhood programs is misguided".

Delivering quality early learning in low-resource settings: Progress and challenges in Ethiopia
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/12/10/delivering-quality-early-learning-low-resource-settings-pro
9 Oct 2012 | Africa
Working paper from Bernard van Leer Foundation compares the urban and rural challenges of implementing the Ethiopian government's 2010 ECCE framework.

Towards a more equal Canada: A report on Canada's economic & social inequality
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/12/10/towards-more-equal-canada-report-canadas-economic-social-in
9 Oct 2012 | Canada
Report from the Broadbent Institute explains the causes and implications of rising inequality in Canada, as well as a new vision and agenda to address economic and social inequality.

MORE research, policy & practice
http://childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice

2. Child care in the news:
- archive of news articles about early childhood education and child care (ECEC) in Canada and abroad.

Early childhood education squeezed too tightly
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/12/10/early-childhood-education-squeezed-too-tightly
10 Oct 2012 | British Columbia

What kind of Canada do we want?
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/12/10/what-kind-canada-do-we-want
10 Oct 2012 | Canada

Three-year study proves EYPS boosts quality
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/12/10/three-year-study-proves-eyps-boosts-quality
9 Oct 2012 | Europe

We’re hardly the nanny state when it comes to decent childcare
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/12/10/we%E2%80%99re-hardly-nanny-state-when-it-comes-decent-childcare
9 Oct 2012 | Australia and New Zealand

Central child-care database proposed
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/12/10/central-child-care-database-proposed
9 Oct 2012 | Ontario

MORE child care in the news
http://childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news

October 7, 2012

What's new online this week:

1. Research, policy & practice
- materials include: scholarly research, policy studies and briefs, government and NGO reports

Reducing childhood obesity in Ontario through a health equity lens
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/12/10/reducing-childhood-obesity-ontario-through-health-equity-le
3 Oct 2012 | Ontario
Report from the Wellesley Institute identifies factors contributing to childhood obesity in Ontario. Argues that Ontario must ensure that "pregnant women and young children have access to essential supports like safe housing, nutritious food, clean air, affordable child care, accessible and affordable recreation services, and access to high quality health care".

Liberation learning: Transforming child care in B.C. and beyond
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/12/10/liberation-learning-transforming-child-care-bc-and-beyond
2 Oct 2012 | British Columbia
Website describes the liberation learning project in British Columbia. Includes information about dialogue circles, professional development opportunities and seminars for 'anyone who works with children'.

The value of child care [video]
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/12/10/value-child-care-video
2 Oct 2012 | British Columbia
Short video by British Columbia based Gen Why Media highlights the value of child care for all of BC's families and communities.

Women's rights
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/12/10/womens-rights
2 Oct 2012 | Canada
Hennessy's Index is a monthly listing of numbers, written by the CCPA's Trish Hennessy, about Canada and its place in the world. This month she writes "203 - Number of Canada's Members of Parliament who voted on September 26, 2012 to defeat Motion 312, a federal backbencher's private motion "that sought to re-examine how Canadian law defines a human being". It was defeated by a margin of 203-91".

Parent-infant separation in transnational families: Risk, resilience and the needs of young immigrant parents
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/12/10/parent-infant-separation-transnational-families-risk-resili
2 Oct 2012 | Ontario
Research summary states that findings "support the demand for more efficient and transparent licensing and certification processes so that immigrants with children might be integrated more quickly into an appropriate sector of the Canadian labour market...[and]the need for more affordable child care facilities and parent educational opportunities should also be considered as an important policy goal".

MORE research, policy & practice
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2. Child care in the news:
- archive of news articles about early childhood education and child care (ECEC) in Canada and abroad.

Mothers forced to stay at home as costs of childcare outweigh benefits of work
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/12/10/mothers-forced-stay-home-costs-childcare-outweigh-benefits-work
3 Oct 2012 | Europe

Lessons in early education from New Zealand
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/12/10/lessons-early-education-new-zealand
2 Oct 2012 | Europe

Motion on rights of the fetus fails but finds cabinet supporters
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/12/10/motion-rights-fetus-fails-finds-cabinet-supporters
2 Oct 2012 | Canada

Parents cry foul over day care crackdown
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/12/10/parents-cry-foul-over-day-care-crackdown
2 Oct 2012 | Ontario

The ten-dollars a day plan
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/12/10/ten-dollars-day-plan
2 Oct 2012 | British Columbia

MORE child care in the news
http://childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news

September 29, 2012

What's new online this week:

1. Research, policy & practice
- materials include: scholarly research, policy studies and briefs, government and NGO reports

Take my kids, please!
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/12/09/take-my-kids-please
27 Sep 2012 | Canada
This Toronto Life magazine feature article, describing a mother's search for affordable high quality child care in Toronto, vividly illustrates the child care policy issues through her personal experience.

Early childhood education and child care is a human right
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/12/09/early-childhood-education-and-child-care-human-right
26 Sep 2012 | Canada
In response to Canada's most recent official report as well as to submissions made by NGOs, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child issued a list of questions for the Government of Canada, the written response to which became available last week. Links to Canada's response and other relevant documents are included, as well as information on how you can listen to and participate in Canada's CRC Committee session this week.

National Household Survey: Final response rates
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/12/09/national-household-survey-final-response-rates
26 Sep 2012 | Canada
Statistics Canada reports that "we are confident that the National Household Survey will produce usable and useful data that will meet the needs of many users. It will not, however, provide a level of quality that would have been achieved through a mandatory long-form census".

A response to the Ministry of Education modernizing child care in Ontario discussion paper
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/12/09/response-ministry-education-modernizing-child-care-ontario-
25 Sep 2012 | Ontario
Response paper from the Association of Early Childhood Educators of Ontario states that "while the Modernizing Child Care Discussion Paper proposes several valuable mechanisms to promote consistencies in quality, research shows that the surest way to improve program quality is to recognize early childhood educators as professionals and ensure that they are adequately compensated".

Evaluation of the Aboriginal Head Start in Urban and Northern Communities Program at the Public Health Agency of Canada
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/12/09/evaluation-aboriginal-head-start-urban-and-northern-communi
24 Sep 2012 | Canada
Evaluation report assesses the relevance and performance of the Aboriginal Head Start in Urban and Northern Communities (AHSUNC) program. Concludes that "there is a continued and growing need for the program".

MORE research, policy & practice
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2. Child care in the news:
- archive of news articles about early childhood education and child care (ECEC) in Canada and abroad.

Additional $1 million invested to help more families with early learning and child care costs
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/12/09/additional-1-million-invested-help-more-families-early-learning-and-
28 Sep 2012 | New Brunswick

UN confronts Canada over lack of national child rights strategy
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/12/09/un-confronts-canada-over-lack-national-child-rights-strategy
27 Sep 2012 | Canada

Lower response rates threaten census data in some places: 68.6% completed national household survey overall, but some communities fall below optimal 50% level
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/12/09/lower-response-rates-threaten-census-data-some-places-686-completed-
26 Sep 2012 | Canada

Canada’s younger generation facing deep declines in its standard of living
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/12/09/canada%E2%80%99s-younger-generation-facing-deep-declines-its-standard-living
26 Sep 2012 | Canada

Five-year-olds put to the test as kindergarten exams gain steam
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/12/09/five-year-olds-put-test-kindergarten-exams-gain-steam
26 Sep 2012 | United States

MORE child care in the news
http://childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news

September 23, 2012

What's new online this week:

1. Research, policy & practice
- materials include: scholarly research, policy studies and briefs, government and NGO reports

Modernizing child care in Ontario: City of Toronto response to the provincial discussion paper
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/12/09/modernizing-child-care-ontario-city-toronto-response-provin
18 Sep 2012 | Ontario
Toronto Children's Services' response to the modernizing child care in Ontario discussion paper advocates for the government to provide "a cohesive policy framework that includes all of the early learning opportunities available to children in the province" and "a commitment to and clear articulation of the roles and responsibilities of the various parties involved in funding and planning child care".

The politics of parental leave policies: Children, parenting, gender and the labour market
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/12/09/politics-parental-leave-policies-children-parenting-gender-
19 Sep 2012 | International
Book edited by Sheila B. Kamerman and Peter Moss describes parental leaves across a number of countries. Includes the chapter 'Canada and Québec: two policies, one country' by Andrea Doucet, Lindsey McKay and Diane-Gabrielle Tremblay.

2011 Census of population: Families, households, marital status, structural type of dwelling, collectives
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/12/09/2011-census-population-families-households-marital-status-s
19 Sep 2012 | Canada
The third set of data from the 2011 census reveals changes in Canadian families and living arrangements over five decades. CRRU will provide links to further breakdown and analysis of the just-released Census data on families next week.

Go public, take leadership:The path to better child care in Ontario
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/12/09/go-public-take-leadership-path-better-child-care-ontario
19 Sep 2012 | Ontario
By Martha Friendly and Trish Hennessy
- makes the case that it's time for the Ontario government to lead in designing a public policy framework to create a publicly managed, publicly funded ECEC system based on universally accessible, high quality public and non profit services.

Healthy environments
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/12/09/healthy-environments
19 Sep 2012 | International
The 8th publication in the Early Childhood in Focus series, published by Bernard van Leer Foundation provides a critical perspective on the importance of healthy environments for children.

MORE research, policy & practice
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2. Child care in the news:
- archive of news articles about early childhood education and child care (ECEC) in Canada and abroad.

Childcare decision made no sense
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/12/09/childcare-decision-made-no-sense
19 Sep 2012 | Ontario

Census: Nuclear family is no longer the norm in Canada
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/12/09/census-nuclear-family-no-longer-norm-canada
19 Sep 2012 | Canada

Early years professionals deserve more recognition
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/12/09/early-years-professionals-deserve-more-recognition
19 Sep 2012 | Europe

Child care missing from party platforms
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/12/09/child-care-missing-party-platforms
18 Sep 2012 | United States

Ontario Liberals must act to stop child care closures
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/12/09/ontario-liberals-must-act-stop-child-care-closures
14 Sep 2012 | Ontario

MORE child care in the news
http://childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news

September 13, 2012

What's new online this week:

1. Research, policy & practice
- materials include: scholarly research, policy studies and briefs, government and NGO reports

Canada's third review: Ready or not
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/12/09/canadas-third-review-ready-or-not
12 Sep 2012 | Canada
On September 26 and 27 the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child will ask the Canadian government questions about children in Canada. How will Canada respond to evidence that shows the rights of some children are not being fulfilled? You can listen in and participate.

Child care modernization – Doing it right
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/12/09/child-care-modernization-%E2%80%93-doing-it-right
11 Sep 2012 | Ontario
OCBCC's response to Ontario's Modernizing Child Care discussion paper states that "to truly stabilize early learning and child care programs, and provide high quality, not-for profit child care for all children who need services, the end result of the Modernizing Child Care discussion must be significant systemic change". The OCBCC will also be hosting a telephone town hall on child care modernization September 18 at 7pm.

From rose-coloured glasses to reality: Addressing the family policy deficit in Canada
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/12/09/rose-coloured-glasses-reality-addressing-family-policy-defi
11 Sep 2012 | Canada
Lynell Anderson, a senior researcher for HELP, calls for a renewed dialogue in Canada about family policy, including parental leave and child care.

Grandparents providing care to grandchildren: A population-based study of continuity and change
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/12/09/grandparents-providing-care-grandchildren-population-based-
10 Sep 2012 | United States
U.S. study finds that "grandparents are the primary source of child care for 30 percent of mothers who work and have children under the age of five".

Parti Québécois win a minority government: Election platform promises a space for every child in $7-a-day child care program
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/12/09/parti-qu%C3%A9b%C3%A9cois-win-minority-government-election-platform-p
5 Sep 2012 | Quebec
The Parti Québécois won a minority government in the Québec election yesterday with a promise in their election platform to create a space for every child in Québec's $7-a-day child care program.

MORE research, policy & practice
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2. Child care in the news:
- archive of news articles about early childhood education and child care (ECEC) in Canada and abroad.

Two-thirds of single parents in lower-skilled jobs because of unavailable childcare
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/12/09/two-thirds-single-parents-lower-skilled-jobs-because-unavailable-chi
12 Sep 2012 | Europe

Austerity promotes gender hierarchies
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/12/09/austerity-promotes-gender-hierarchies
12 Sep 2012 | Europe

Daycare inspection reports good first step, say advocates
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/12/09/daycare-inspection-reports-good-first-step-say-advocates
12 Sep 2012 | British Columbia

Malawi launches early childhood education week
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/12/09/malawi-launches-early-childhood-education-week
11 Sep 2012 | Africa

More grandparents fill caregiver role
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/12/09/more-grandparents-fill-caregiver-role
10 Sep 2012 | United States

September 9, 2012

What's new online this week:

1. Research, policy & practice
- materials include: scholarly research, policy studies and briefs, government and NGO reports

Parti Québécois win a minority government: Election platform promises a space for every child in $7-a-day child care program
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/12/09/parti-qu%C3%A9b%C3%A9cois-win-minority-government-election-platform-p
5 Sep 2012 | Quebec
The Parti Québécois won a minority government in the Québec election yesterday with a promise in their election platform to create a space for every child in Québec's $7-a-day child care program.

Falling behind: Ontario’s backslide into widening inequality, growing poverty and cuts to social programs
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/12/09/falling-behind-ontario%E2%80%99s-backslide-widening-inequality-grow
5 Sep 2012 | Ontario
Report from Ontario Common Front "endeavoured to pull together the existing work and add to it our own research to sketch the increasing inequality in Ontario". Child care was not mentioned despite its relation to many of the issues identified in the report.

Quality Matters in Early Childhood Education and Care: Portugal
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/12/09/quality-matters-early-childhood-education-and-care-portugal
5 Sep 2012 | Europe
10 of 34 OECD countries are participating in the Quality Matters in ECEC: Country Policy Profiles. Canada is not included. This week the CRRU is featuring Portugal where policy lever 2 - Designing and implementing curriculum and standards, is examined.

Integration of childcare and early education services is long overdue
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/12/09/integration-childcare-and-early-education-services-long-ove
5 Sep 2012 | Europe
Peter Moss argues that two child care commissions recently announced in the UK(one set up by the Government, the other by the Labour Party) "fiddle around with symptoms, [and]...do nothing to address the basic problem: the need to reform a dysfunctional early childhood system still split between 'childcare' and 'early education".

MORE research, policy & practice
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2. Child care in the news:
- archive of news articles about early childhood education and child care (ECEC) in Canada and abroad.

How many kids waiting for affordable childcare in Hamilton is too many?
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/12/09/how-many-kids-waiting-affordable-childcare-hamilton-too-many
5 Sep 2012 | Ontario

Full-time work means better health for mothers
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/12/09/full-time-work-means-better-health-mothers
5 Sep 2012 | United States

Grandparents save UK £11 billion in childcare each year
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/12/09/grandparents-save-uk-%C2%A311-billion-childcare-each-year
5 Sep 2012 | Europe

My view: Obama, Romney need to know one thing about early childhood education – start over
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/12/09/my-view-obama-romney-need-know-one-thing-about-early-childhood-educa
5 Sep 2012 | United States

Shift workers driving family day care growth
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/12/09/shift-workers-driving-family-day-care-growth
5 Sep 2012 | Australia and New Zealand

MORE child care in the news
http://childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news

September 1, 2012
No new material posted to the CRRU site this week.
Gone fishin'...

August 26, 2012

What's new online this week:

1. Research, policy & practice
- materials include: scholarly research, policy studies and briefs, government and NGO reports

CRRU remembers Jack Layton
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/12/08/crru-remembers-jack-layton
22 Aug 2012 | Canada
On the anniversary of Jack Layton's death August 22 2011 - We at the Childcare Resource and Research Unit join our fellow Canadians in remembrance, reflecting on the spirit of Rev. Brent Hawkes' words at Jack's state funeral a year ago: "Rise to the occasion, because the torch is now passed. The job of making the world a better place is up to us".

Caring for our nation's future: The impact of ARRA funding on access to child care (Based on case studies in Georgia and Tennessee)
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/12/08/caring-our-nations-future-impact-arra-funding-access-child-
22 Aug 2012 | United States
Policy brief from the National Council for Research on Women (US) describes how stimulus funding increased access and quality in child care in two states. Findings revealed a number of ongoing issues and recommendations are put forward.

Closing the education gap: A case for Aboriginal early childhood education in Canada, a look at the Aboriginal Headstart Program
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/12/08/closing-education-gap-case-aboriginal-early-childhood-educa
22 Aug 2012 | Canada
Article in Canadian Journal for Education discusses the Aboriginal Head Start program and concludes, "though empirical data relating to the program’s success are limited, to say the least, there is some evidence to suggest that the program is making significant progress throughout the Aboriginal community and has paved the way for a stronger and increasingly educated Aboriginal population who have, more importantly, a better understanding of who they are and where they come from".

CMEC statement on play-based learning
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/12/08/cmec-statement-play-based-learning
22 Aug 2012 | Canada
Statement from the Council of Ministers of Education of Canada advocates that "intentional teaching involves educators being deliberate and purposeful in creating play-based learning environments - because when children are playing, children are learning".

Save Peel child care - Flyer from OCBCC
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/12/08/save-peel-child-care-flyer-ocbcc
15 Aug 2012 | Ontario
Flyer from the OCBCC lists actions that parents can take to stop the closure of all 12 Learn.Play.Care regionally operated child care centres in Peel Region, Ontario.

MORE research, policy & practice
http://childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice

2. Child care in the news:
- archive of news articles about early childhood education and child care (ECEC) in Canada and abroad.

Germany debates plan to pay stay-at-home moms
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/12/08/germany-debates-plan-pay-stay-home-moms
22 Aug 2012 | Europe

Still trying to "have it all" in Sweden
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/12/08/still-trying-have-it-all-sweden
22 Aug 2012 | International

Six things cheaper than the cost of child care
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/12/08/6-things-cheaper-cost-child-care
22 Aug 2012 | United States

Child care centres receive professional development funding
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/12/08/child-care-centres-receive-professional-development-funding
22 Aug 2012 | Saskatchewan

Daycare closing stuns families: CAW centre offered night service
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/12/08/daycare-closing-stuns-families-caw-centre-offered-night-service
20 Aug 2012 | Ontario

MORE child care in the news
http://childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news

August 18, 2012

What's new online this week:

1. Research, policy & practice
- materials include: scholarly research, policy studies and briefs, government and NGO reports

Progress in child well-being: Building on what works
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/12/08/progress-child-well-being-building-what-works
1 Aug 2012 | International
Report from Save the Children analyses the improvements to children's lives during the past two decades in five sectors. Includes a case study of the public early childhood education programs in Chile.

"Child care delivered through the mailbox": Social reproduction, choice and neoliberalism in a theo-conservative Canada
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/12/07/child-care-delivered-through-mailbox-social-reproduction-ch
31 Jul 2012 | Canada
Chapter by Kate Bezanson in edited book, 'Neoliberalism and everyday life' describes the political ideology behind the Universal Child Care Benefit (UCCB) and presents findings from interviews with recipients of the UCCB. Concludes that "those interviewed about the UCCB needed services and adequate funding for childcare...not a small, taxable, and unevenly targeted payment".

Leave practices of parents after the birth or adoption of young children
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/12/07/leave-practices-parents-after-birth-or-adoption-young-child
31 Jul 2012 | Canada
Report from Statistics Canada provides a snapshot of leave patterns using data from the 2010 Survey of Young Canadians (SYC), conducted in 2010-2011.

Final report: Play in early learning programs: Beliefs, practices and professional development
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/12/07/final-report-play-early-learning-programs-beliefs-practices
25 Jul 2012 | Prince Edward Island
Report describes the outcomes of an action research project that involved early childhood educators in PEI.

Open letter to Canada's Premiers: Remember that poverty affects all Canadians for the upcoming annual Council of the Federation meeting in Halifax
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/12/07/open-letter-canadas-premiers-remember-poverty-affects-all-c
25 Jul 2012 | Canada
Letter from Campaign 2000 and partners states that "now is the time for the provinces and territories to call on the federal government to build on their commitments to reduce and eventually eradicate poverty".

MORE research, policy & practice
http://childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice

2. Child care in the news:
- archive of news articles about early childhood education and child care (ECEC) in Canada and abroad.

Child-care plan would be good for B.C.
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/12/08/child-care-plan-would-be-good-bc
1 Aug 2012 | British Columbia

The women behind the woman
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/12/07/women-behind-woman
31 Jul 2012 | United States

Election chatter glosses over our child-care morass
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/12/07/election-chatter-glosses-over-our-child-care-morass
31 Jul 2012 | United States

Childcare plan may not have the numbers
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/12/07/childcare-plan-may-not-have-numbers
31 Jul 2012 | Australia and New Zealand

Most Canadian mothers take maternity leave
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/12/07/most-canadian-mothers-take-maternity-leave
31 Jul 2012 | Canada

MORE child care in the news
http://childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news

July 29, 2012

What's new online this week:

NOTE by Gilles: I've used the original (long) URLs for the pages below (vs using the Google URL Shortener, as I usually do) as a test to see if there are any newsletter subscribers who can't access the pages because the URLs wrap to several lines and are broken because their email program inserts characters when a URL takes up two lines.
Please send me an email message (gilseg@rogers.com) to let me know if the ten next links below are broken.
Merci!

1. Research, policy & practice
- materials include: scholarly research, policy studies and briefs, government and NGO reports

Final report: Play in early learning programs: Beliefs, practices and professional development
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/12/07/final-report-play-early-learning-programs-beliefs-practices
25 Jul 2012 | Prince Edward Island
Report describes the outcomes of an action research project that involved early childhood educators in PEI.

Open letter to Canada's Premiers: Remember that poverty affects all Canadians for the upcoming annual Council of the Federation meeting in Halifax
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/12/07/open-letter-canadas-premiers-remember-poverty-affects-all-c
25 Jul 2012 | Canada
Letter from Campaign 2000 and partners states that "now is the time for the provinces and territories to call on the federal government to build on their commitments to reduce and eventually eradicate poverty".

Inequities in early childhood development: What the data say
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/12/07/inequities-early-childhood-development-what-data-say
24 Jul 2012 | International
Findings from a UNICEF survey of 60 low and middle-income countries finds that "attendance of children 3-4 years old in any form of organized early learning is low" and "access to such programmes is often denied to the poorest children".

Regress trumps progress: Canadian women, feminism and the Harper government
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/12/07/regress-trumps-progress-canadian-women-feminism-and-harper-
23 Jul 2012 | Canada
Report by Sylvia Bashevkin explains that "Conservative minority governments since 2006 have moved crucial equality markers backward, but in a deliberately under-the-radar manner".

Staffed family child care networks: A strategy to enhance quality care for infants and toddlers
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/12/07/staffed-family-child-care-networks-strategy-enhance-quality
11 Jul 2012 | United States
Report from Zero to Three (U.S.) defines staffed Family Child Care (FCC) networks and examines how they are uniquely positioned to improve the quality of care that infants and toddlers receive in FCC settings.

MORE research, policy & practice
http://childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice

2. Child care in the news:
- archive of news articles about early childhood education and child care (ECEC) in Canada and abroad.

Daycare advocates seek $10-a-day plan for B.C.
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/12/07/daycare-advocates-seek-10-day-plan-bc
25 Jul 2012 | British Columbia

Europe is squandering the intelligence of women
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/12/07/europe-squandering-intelligence-women
24 Jul 2012 | Europe

Vancouver childcare operator scraps wait list fee
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/12/07/vancouver-childcare-operator-scraps-wait-list-fee
24 Jul 2012 | British Columbia

New benchmarking tool will let providers compare data on local authority funding
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/12/07/new-benchmarking-tool-will-let-providers-compare-data-local-authorit
24 Jul 2012 | Europe

Grants inflate costs: union
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/12/07/grants-inflate-costs-union
23 Jul 2012 | Australia and New Zealand

MORE child care in the news
http://childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news

July 22, 2012

What's new online this week:

1. Research, policy & practice
- materials include: scholarly research, policy studies and briefs, government and NGO reports

Staffed family child care networks: A strategy to enhance quality care for infants and toddlers
http://goo.gl/mjGIr
11 Jul 2012 | United States
Report from Zero to Three (U.S.) defines staffed Family Child Care (FCC) networks and examines how they are uniquely positioned to improve the quality of care that infants and toddlers receive in FCC settings.

Living conditions: The influence on young children's health
http://goo.gl/iEMSr
11 Jul 2012 | International
Latest issue of Early Childhood Matters from the Bernard van Leer Foundation explores the links between the living conditions that children grow up in and their health and development.

Five good ideas about policy with Sherri Torjman
http://goo.gl/VAfjd
10 Jul 2012 | Canada
Video of Sherri Torjman's lecture at the Maytree Foundation's Five Good Ideas spring session.

Examining the Definition and Measurement of quality in early childhood education: A review of studies using the ECERS-R from 2003 to 2010
http://goo.gl/ZMgkm
10 Jul 2012 | United States
Article in the spring issue of Early Childhood Research and Practice states that "quality continues to be an amorphous term with varying definitions within ECE. Utilizing the ECERS-R to determine quality from high (7) to low (1) is a broad characterization that dilutes the potential impact of more specific definitions of characteristics of early childhood programs that are important to children’s outcomes".

Parent champions
http://goo.gl/2RBls
9 Jul 2012 | Europe
Video from Daycare Trust [UK] highlights an innovative and successful parent outreach program.

MORE research, policy & practice
http://childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice

2. Child care in the news:
- archive of news articles about early childhood education and child care (ECEC) in Canada and abroad.

Statistics Canada cuts compromise the tools used to understand the state
http://goo.gl/y0PLM
11 Jul 2012 | Canada

Childcare giant calls for redirection of rebates from parents to providers
http://goo.gl/lmnzB
10 Jul 2012 | Australia and New Zealand

Daycare burden
http://goo.gl/3FbEa
10 Jul 2012 | Ontario

Family of four 'need £36k for decent standard of living'
http://goo.gl/9L95R
10 Jul 2012 | Europe

Toronto Mayor’s Task Force on Child Care: Report offers little relief
http://goo.gl/ka4Gr
6 Jul 2012 | Ontario

MORE child care in the news
http://childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news

July 7, 2012

What's new online this week:

1. Research, policy & practice
- materials include: scholarly research, policy studies and briefs, government and NGO reports

Why universal childcare is essential for a more equal Canada
http://goo.gl/5t0s8
4 Jul 2012 | Canada
New blog from CRRU argues that a solid policy framework and sustained public funding to ensure a system of high quality early childhood education and care are integral to reducing inequality and creating a fairer, more inclusive Canada for all.

Starting well: Benchmarking early education across the world
http://goo.gl/Y7TJL
4 Jul 2012 | International
The Starting Well Index considers the relative availability, affordability and quality of preschool environments for children from 3 to 6 years old across 45 countries, encompassing the OECD and major emerging markets. Canada ranks 26th overall.

Childcare markets: Can they deliver an equitable service?
http://goo.gl/otKv1
4 Jul 2012 | International
Book edited by Eva Lloyd and Helen Penn "presents recent, significant research from eight nations where childcare markets are the norm" and "compares these childcare marketisation and regulatory processes across the political and economic systems in which they are embedded".

Quality matters in early childhood education and care: Czech Republic
http://goo.gl/56FUF
3 Jul 2012 | International
10 of 34 OECD countries are participating in the Quality Matters in ECEC: Country Policy Profiles. Canada is not included. This week the CRRU is featuring the Czech Republic where policy lever 2 - Designing and implementing curriculum and standards, is examined.

Universal Entitlements: How investments in the early years should be informed by research evidence about universal approaches
http://goo.gl/sDzO4
3 Jul 2012 | Europe
Briefing paper from Children in Scotland provides arguments to support a universal approach to early learning and care and states that, "even when targeted approaches work for individual families, their success can come at the expense of increased social solidarity and integration."

MORE research, policy & practice
http://childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice

2. Child care in the news:
- archive of news articles about early childhood education and child care (ECEC) in Canada and abroad.

Toronto Mayor’s Task Force on Child Care: Report offers little relief
http://goo.gl/Dz8ri
6 Jul 2012 | Ontario

Parental leave and childcare: Why can't we make it fair for women and men?
http://goo.gl/4GKTQ
4 Jul 2012 | Europe

Denmark invests to improve staff:child ratios
http://goo.gl/bekiC
4 Jul 2012 | Europe

Early years experts launch campaign to 'save childhood'
http://goo.gl/oDhfJ
3 Jul 2012 | Europe

Today's modern parent: Daycare poor, with little to save
http://goo.gl/yNimi
3 Jul 2012 | Canada

MORE child care in the news
http://childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news

June 29, 2012

What's new online this week:

1. Research, policy & practice
- materials include: scholarly research, policy studies and briefs, government and NGO reports

Modernizing child care in Ontario: Sharing conversations, strengthening partnerships, working together
http://goo.gl/GAAm7
27 Jun 2012 | Ontario
Discussion paper from the Government of Ontario identifies long term goals and medium term actions for modernizing the child care sector. Make sure to check out how you can provide feedback to the discussion questions on the government website.

A brief summary of the struggles of the Child Care Advocacy Association of Canada
http://goo.gl/noqr3
27 Jun 2012 | Canada
The history and current struggles of the Child Care Advocacy Association of Canada (CCAAC) are chronicled on the website 'Voices-voix: Defending advocacy and dissent in Canada'.

Fathers in Canada
http://goo.gl/WxYyR
26 Jun 2012 | Canada
Fact sheet from the Vanier Institute of the Family reveals that "men are much more likely than those who came before them to take parental and paternity leave with the birth of a child, to participate regularly in unpaid housework and child care and to leave the workforce behind altogether as a stay-at-home Dad".

No single ingredient
http://goo.gl/IbG1y
26 Jun 2012 | United States
Keynote speech from Dr. Marcy Whitebook discusses the continuing challenges facing the early childhood education workforce and identifies three main interrelated issues and how to address them.

International journal of child care and education policy (Volume 6)
http://goo.gl/MERqx
25 Jun 2012 | International
Journal from Korea Institute of Child Care and Education is available online. Includes articles from Australia, Finland, China and Indonesia.

MORE research, policy & practice
http://childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice

2. Child care in the news:
- archive of news articles about early childhood education and child care (ECEC) in Canada and abroad.

Not expanding access to child care for years will hurt Ontario families and the economy
http://goo.gl/h8hB5
28 Jun 2012 | Ontario

Ontario planning daycare overhaul
http://goo.gl/u8Amx
28 Jun 2012 | Ontario

Brison has inequality motion passed
http://goo.gl/KF0xo
27 Jun 2012 | Canada

Business Leaders Outline Critical Need For Early Childhood Education at CED Report Event in Detroit
http://goo.gl/0aytG
27 Jun 2012 | United States

EYPs wonder where they fit into the Nutbrown vision
http://goo.gl/eZv2y
26 Jun 2012 | Europe

MORE child care in the news
http://childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news

June 24, 2012

What's new online this week:

1. Research, policy & practice
- materials include: scholarly research, policy studies and briefs, government and NGO reports

A policy analysis of child care subsidies: Increasing quality, access, and affordability
http://goo.gl/1z2ck
20 Jun 2012 | United States
U.S. policy analysis of the child care subsidy system recommends a three phase approach to "increase funding to serve more families who need child care, build capacity and quality of the child care market, and provide a universal system of child care."

Action Alert! Sign on for a child care system in Canada
http://goo.gl/qUJwG
19 Jun 2012 | Canada
Action alert from the CCAAC is asking organizations to sign onto the 'Declaration for a Child Care System in Canada'. With this 1 minute action you can help build momentum by adding your organization to the list of endorsers for the Declaration.

The child's rights
http://goo.gl/wuRjn
19 Jun 2012 | British Columbia
Short video explores children's rights from a missing perspective - the children's.

Edleun Group, an Albertan company, is building a national network of for-profit child care centres
http://goo.gl/TfA1p
19 Jun 2012 | Alberta
Article from Alberta Venture magazine explores child care as a public good or private commodity through a discussion of Edleun, Canada's first publicly traded, corporate child care provider.

Foundations for quality: The independent review of early education and childcare qualifications
http://goo.gl/VNlC6
19 Jun 2012 | Europe
Final report from Cathy Nutbrown provides 19 recommendations to improve the ECEC workforce in England.

MORE research, policy & practice
http://childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice

2. Child care in the news:
- archive of news articles about early childhood education and child care (ECEC) in Canada and abroad.

Childcare philosophy: 'Let kids be kids'
http://goo.gl/JtqUs
20 Jun 2012 | Australia and New Zealand

Government report slams own child care plan
http://goo.gl/RNYhu
20 Jun 2012 | Europe

Qualifications for childcare roles slammed in review
http://goo.gl/il51R
19 Jun 2012 | Europe

Childcare review launched as nursery reforms urged
http://goo.gl/Iz3wZ
19 Jun 2012 | Europe

Child care: balancing quality and cost
http://goo.gl/WQdn4
19 Jun 2012 | Australia and New Zealand

MORE child care in the news
http://childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news

June 17, 2012

What's new online this week:

1. Research, policy & practice
- materials include: scholarly research, policy studies and briefs, government and NGO reports

Putting children first: Positioning early childhood for the future
http://goo.gl/OJXpb
13 Jun 2012 | New Brunswick
Framework for integrated early learning released by New Brunswick's Department of Education and Early Childhood Development.

City of Toronto: Fee subsidy application goes online
http://goo.gl/Zj3CV
13 Jun 2012 | Ontario
The City of Toronto recently put the fee subsidy application online.

A day without childcare
http://goo.gl/vF3Qc
13 Jun 2012 | United States
Video produced in the U.S. provides a humorous look at what life might be like if child care disappeared.

Preventing Childhood Obesity in Early Care and Education Programs
http://goo.gl/Ex6Z6
13 Jun 2012 | United States
New U.S. report contains practical intervention strategies for teachers and caregivers to prevent excessive weight gain in young children.

Quality matters in early childhood education and care: Korea
http://goo.gl/5qX1p
13 Jun 2012 | International
10 of 34 OECD countries are participating in the Quality Matters in ECEC: Country Policy Profiles. Canada is not included. This week the CRRU is featuring Korea where policy lever 2 - Designing and implementing curriculum and standards, is examined.

MORE research, policy & practice
http://childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice

2. Child care in the news:
- archive of news articles about early childhood education and child care (ECEC) in Canada and abroad.

Childcare’s market model in dire need of reform
http://goo.gl/Ffgcd
13 Jun 2012 | Australia and New Zealand

Merkel’s “cash-for-care” subsidy under fire in Berlin
http://goo.gl/JpNyC
13 Jun 2012 | Europe

Stay-at-home fathers face unique challenges as full-time caregivers
http://goo.gl/8utCt
13 Jun 2012 | Canada

Workers forgotten in outrage over child care
http://goo.gl/769KF
13 Jun 2012 | Australia and New Zealand

EI reform could break families
http://goo.gl/eoluM
12 Jun 2012 | Canada

June 10, 2012

What's new online this week:

1. Research, policy & practice
- materials include: scholarly research, policy studies and briefs, government and NGO reports

A day in the life of your taxes
http://goo.gl/7GRrC
5 Jun 2012 | Canada
New video from the CCPA illustrates how tax dollars are used for public services.

Moving forward, hand in hand: Examining the impact that full day kindergarten has had on the early learning and child care system in Ontario
http://goo.gl/lRzTZ
6 Jun 2012 | Ontario
Discussion paper from OMSSA "makes recommendations to the province on how to ensure that Ontario's early learning and child care system is an equal partner on the education continuum for Ontario's children."

Quality matters in early childhood education and care: Slovak Republic
http://goo.gl/0kZTh
6 Jun 2012 | International
Ten of 34 OECD countries are participating in the Quality Matters in ECEC: Country Policy Profiles. Canada is not included. This week the CRRU is featuring the Slovak Republic where policy lever 3 - Improving qualifications, training and working conditions, is examined.

Developmental health knowledge as a catalyst for healthy family policies in Canada
http://goo.gl/Rdiw8
6 Jun 2012 | Canada
Canadian briefing note suggests "many of our children are not doing well" and proposes a new policy framework to support children and families. Full report coming soon.

Budget 2012 — What does it mean for women’s economic equality?
http://goo.gl/iXBh9
5 Jun 2012 | Canada
Report from the Canadian Labour Congress discusses proposed budget changes to childcare, employment insurance, old age security, public sector cuts, and research and advocacy groups through a gendered lens. Alternative actions are recommended.

MORE research, policy & practice
http://childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice

2. Child care in the news:
- archive of news articles about early childhood education and child care (ECEC) in Canada and abroad.

German Cabinet approves controversial benefit program for stay-home parents of young children
http://goo.gl/lFpXH
6 Jun 2012 | Europe

How to fix income inequality
http://goo.gl/WOFLw
6 Jun 2012 | Canada

A roundup of the usual child-poverty suspects
http://goo.gl/qZlHf
6 Jun 2012 | Canada

Fiorito: Stopping gang violence could start in daycare
http://goo.gl/0CzIg
6 Jun 2012 | Canada

Canada is defaulting on its generational debt
http://goo.gl/GORWV
5 Jun 2012 | Canada

MORE child care in the news
http://childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news

June 3, 2012

What's new online this week:

1. Research, policy & practice
- materials include: scholarly research, policy studies and briefs, government and NGO reports

Promoting children’s welfare in the Nordic countries
http://goo.gl/1oCIZ
30 May 2012 | Europe
Article from the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health in Finland, published in the CCPA's Our Schools/Our selves, describes the extensive social services for families with children in the Nordic countries.

Quality matters in early childhood education and care: Finland
http://goo.gl/wEZPl
30 May 2012 | Europe
10 of 34 OECD countries are participating in the Quality Matters in ECEC: Country Policy Profiles. Canada is not included. This week the CRRU is featuring Finland where policy lever 3 - Improving qualifications, training and working conditions, is examined.

2011 Census: Age and sex
http://goo.gl/PRxLi
30 May 2012 | Canada
Statistics Canada report detailing up-to-date age and sex population trends. Findings show the highest increase in number of young children since the end of the baby boom.

Healthy living guidelines for early learning and child care centres on Prince Edward Island
http://goo.gl/MCEM2
30 May 2012 | Prince Edward Island
Report from P.E.I. Healthy Eating Alliance suggests guidelines and practices to facilitate nutritional eating habits for children and staff in childcare centres.

Measuring child poverty: New league tables of child poverty in the world’s rich countries
http://goo.gl/sPXZm
30 May 2012 | International
New report places Canada's efforts at eradicating child poverty in an intentional context. See Canada Country profile for an overview of findings.

MORE research, policy & practice
http://childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice

2. Child care in the news:
- archive of news articles about early childhood education and child care (ECEC) in Canada and abroad.

Child care goes for a toss
http://goo.gl/65S1q
30 May 2012 | Asia

Budget 2012: Freeze on funds a 'cut by stealth' to strained centres
http://goo.gl/eQZwU
30 May 2012 | Australia and New Zealand

Need for a national strategy on childcare
http://goo.gl/WdSvi
30 May 2012 | Canada

Uganda: Early childhood education is a right
http://goo.gl/RLrCs
30 May 2012 | International

New food guidelines for early child care centres
http://goo.gl/6wLKl
30 May 2012 | Prince Edward Island

MORE child care in the news
http://childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news

May 26, 2012

What's new online this week:

1. Research, policy & practice
- materials include: scholarly research, policy studies and briefs, government and NGO reports

New research highlights the value of unions to child care providers
http://goo.gl/YdJSy
23 May 2012 | United States
Summary of two new American studies examines the impact of unionization and training on family child care providers in Washington State and New Jersey.

Giving voice to New Jersey’s caregivers: The union experiences of home-based child care providers
http://goo.gl/QzbCN
23 May 2012 | United States
Report from the Center for Women and Work documents the impact of unionization on New Jersey’s home-based child care workforce.

Training makes a difference: The experience of unionized family, friend, and neighbor child care providers in Washington State
http://goo.gl/cb3XB
23 May 2012 | United States
Study conducted in the U.S. by the Economic Opportunity Institute examines the impact of unionization and training on home child care providers and the children they care for.

Focus group summary and analysis: Public perceptions of early learning and child care
http://goo.gl/L0UxO
23 May 2012 | Canada
Based on a series of focus group discussions in five major metropolitan areas across Canada, this report summarizes key insights into the public's (including parent) current perceptions and visions of Early Childhood Education and Care in Canada.

Advocacy in action: Ontario's child care community raises profile of funding crisis
http://goo.gl/KtVca
23 May 2012 | Ontario
The Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care's Katie Arnup spoke out about the shameful fact that 4 out of 5 Ontario kids do not have access to a licensed child care space. The child care community was proud to stand alongside labour partners, community activists, parents and kids to defend public services and good jobs in Ontario.

MORE research, policy & practice
http://childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice

2. Child care in the news:
- archive of news articles about early childhood education and child care (ECEC) in Canada and abroad.

Conservative MP's plan to overhaul childcare 'not the answer', say experts
http://goo.gl/GjXZ7
22 May 2012 | Europe

Quebec students invite generational conversation
http://goo.gl/BY4wa
23 May 2012 | Canada

Corporate for-profit daycare comes to Winnipeg
http://goo.gl/BKHQE
23 May 2012 | Manitoba

Childcare courses a growing choice for local men
http://goo.gl/UFETd
23 May 2012 | Europe

Time to move on full-day kindergarten
http://goo.gl/MRx4L
23 May 2012 | Saskatchewan

MORE child care in the news
http://childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news

May 19, 2012

What's new online this week:

1. Research, policy & practice
- materials include: scholarly research, policy studies and briefs, government and NGO reports

Letter to request that the Ministry of Children and Families immediately implement a moratorium on new approvals of Child Care Operating Funds (CCOF) for commercial child care chains operating in BC
http://goo.gl/XTM9J
16 May 2012 | British Columbia
Letter from the Coalition of Child Care Advocates of BC highlights recent fee increases in large commercial child care chain in Vancouver. Argues that "commercial child care chains that are prepared to charge such exorbitant parent fees should not receive additional public funding through CCOF."

Early learning: Policy for children's first 3 years
http://goo.gl/bX4Ma
15 May 2012 | Europe
Policy brief from Start Strong Ireland addresses the 'policy vacuum' for services for under-3s, describes that "in comparison with the care and education of over- 3s, the care and education of under-3s in Ireland is of less certain quality, less affordable and more fragmented."

Nutrition in the first 1000 days: State of the world's mothers 2012
http://goo.gl/KY7tQ
15 May 2012 | International
Annual report from Save the Children "shows which countries are doing the best - and which are doing the worst - at providing nutrition during the critical window of development that starts during a mother's pregnancy and goes through her child's second birthday." Canada ranks 19th.

Welcome to our world: Early childhood education and care services for children under three
http://goo.gl/C6R7L
15 May 2012 | Europe
Special issue of Children in Europe "draws on examples and practice from the UK, Portugal, Italy, Hungary, and elsewhere to illuminate ways of supporting the transition from home to formal services, offering opportunities and environments for active and creative learning, building relationships with families, and developing evaluation on a participatory and collective basis."

Expecting better: A state-by-state analysis of laws that help new parents
http://goo.gl/vdkpg
9 May 2012 | United States
Report from the National Partnership for Women & Families (US) "includes a snapshot of laws that help parents and other family caregivers meet the needs of both older and younger members of their families."

MORE research, policy & practice
http://childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice

2. Child care in the news:
- archive of news articles about early childhood education and child care (ECEC) in Canada and abroad.

Government investment in Canadian children and families "worrisome", expert says 1
http://goo.gl/w8pse
6 May 2012 | Canada

Saskatchewan divvies up 500 child care spaces
http://goo.gl/lH2iS
16 May 2012 | Saskatchewan

Parental leave is good for growth. And that includes fathers
http://goo.gl/TQkMf
15 May 2012 | Europe

Child-care crunch hits Niagara homes
http://goo.gl/zDld9
15 May 2012 | Ontario

Have you got what it takes to get your kid into daycare?
http://goo.gl/LF61O
15 May 2012 | Ontario

MORE child care in the news
http://childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news

May 12, 2012

What's new online this week:

1. Research, policy & practice
- materials include: scholarly research, policy studies and briefs, government and NGO reports

Expecting better: A state-by-state analysis of laws that help new parents
http://goo.gl/ZSYkt
9 May 2012 | United States
Report from the National Partnership for Women & Families (US) "includes a snapshot of laws that help parents and other family caregivers meet the needs of both older and younger members of their families."

Nga Taonga Whakaako: Bicultural competence in early childhood education,
http://goo.gl/yD5m0
9 May 2012 | Australia and New Zealand
Research examines "the perceptions of a range of early childhood practitioners, both Mäori and non- Mäori, of bicultural competency in early childhood education."

Identifying profiles of quality in home-based child care
http://goo.gl/dBUoC
9 May 2012 | United States
Research findings show that "only 12% of [home child care] providers demonstrated above moderate levels of quality across measures". Concludes that "this finding underscores the need to raise the floor of quality in home-based child care settings".

Rights from the start: Early childhood education and care
http://goo.gl/VOZ1e
9 May 2012 | International
Report from the Global Campaign for Education argues that "the failure to recognise young children as rights-holders is central to perpetuating gaps [in ECEC services internationally]". Campaign video and petition also available.

You Bet We Still Care! A pan-Canadian survey of the child care workforce.
http://goo.gl/WdQgf
8 May 2012 | Canada
The Child Care Human Resources Sector Council is sponsoring a survey of employers (including administrators, owners, directors, and supervisors) and employees (including ECEs and program staff) working in regulated, full-day, centre-based programs, and we need your input! The survey - "You Bet We Still Care!" - will be released at the end of May. Sign up for the CCHRSC newsletter to receive email notification when the survey is live.

MORE research, policy & practice
http://childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice

2. Child care in the news:
- archive of news articles about early childhood education and child care (ECEC) in Canada and abroad.

Canadian kids need own commissioner, Garneau urges
http://goo.gl/2i3gb
11 May 2012 | Canada

Unions and parents call for more teachers in Scotland's nurseries
http://goo.gl/OBNwn
9 May 2012 | Europe

Hunger and poverty: Demand action
http://goo.gl/7yHLg
9 May 2012 | Nova Scotia

Harper Majority results in Women's rights setbacks
http://goo.gl/GsCIW
9 May 2012 | Canada

Virtually on strike
http://goo.gl/e0acP
9 May 2012 | Nova Scotia

MORE child care in the news
http://childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news

May 5, 2012

What's new online this week:

1. Research, policy & practice
- materials include: scholarly research, policy studies and briefs, government and NGO reports

Working for inclusion: the role of the early years workforce in addressing poverty and promoting social inclusion
http://goo.gl/pYY5E
2 May 2012 | International
Report from Children in Scotland provides a summary of the Working for Inclusion programme and research findings. Links to project website and country visit reports also provided.

Working for a living wage: Making paid work meet basic family needs in Metro Vancouver
http://goo.gl/VNiuQ
1 May 2012 | British Columbia
2012 update of the "Working for a Living Wage" report from the CCPA, First Call BC and Living Wage for Families (2008) finds that "child care is the second most expensive item in the living wage family budget after shelter".

Developing brains
http://goo.gl/WrL3n
1 May 2012 | International
Issue 7 of Early Childhood in Focus from the Bernard van Leer Foundation aims to "better understand and critically evaluate reports of new findings from the expanding and increasingly important field of developmental neuroscience".

Collaboration between afterschool practitioners and in-school teachers
http://goo.gl/LgAU9
1 May 2012 | United States
Article from Afterschool Matters highlights a story of successful collaboration between a kindergarten teacher and an afterschool teacher in Philadelphia. Full journal available online.

Early childhood education and care: Key lessons from research for policy makers
http://goo.gl/NIzBu
25 Apr 2012 | Europe
Independent report submitted to the European Commission by the Network of Experts in Social Sciences of Education and Training, "summarizes existing knowledge from research and highlights policy lessons and measures that are shown to contribute to successful ECEC policy development and implementation".

MORE research, policy & practice
http://childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice

2. Child care in the news:
- archive of news articles about early childhood education and child care (ECEC) in Canada and abroad.

UNICEF urges access to early learning for the most disadvantaged children
http://goo.gl/2p7AI
2 May 2012 | International

Note of caution
http://goo.gl/nshP8
2 May 2012 | Latin America and the Carribean

Canada's poor have just become poorer
http://goo.gl/dcdv9
2 May 2012 | Canada

Nova Scotia child care centres on virtual strike
http://goo.gl/xBd46
2 May 2012 | Nova Scotia

Early years key to closing gap between rich and poor
http://goo.gl/4hj3A
2 May 2012 | Europe

MORE child care in the news
http://childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news

April 29, 2012

What's new online this week:

1. Research, policy & practice
- materials include: scholarly research, policy studies and briefs, government and NGO reports

Early childhood education and care: Key lessons from research for policy makers
25 Apr 2012 | Europe
http://goo.gl/zFjo0
Independent report submitted to the European Commission by the Network of Experts in Social Sciences of Education and Training, "summarizes existing knowledge from research and highlights policy lessons and measures that are shown to contribute to successful ECEC policy development and implementation".

Pedagogy – a holistic, personal approach to work with children and young people, across services
25 Apr 2012 | Europe
http://goo.gl/NxeDl
Briefing paper from the Thomas Coram Research Unit in England "points to ways in which [social] pedagogy, as a model, fits policy concerns for children, and the development of training and services, in England".

Inclusive workforce models for rural and remote areas
24 Apr 2012 | Europe
http://goo.gl/pn2tA
Report explores "models of good practice in a remote region of Norway" and identifies "coordination, cooperation and integration" as main factors contributing to the region's exemplary ECEC services.

Canadian physical activity guidelines for the early years 0-4
24 Apr 2012 | Canada
http://goo.gl/SXPgx
New from the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology, guidelines state that "infants (aged less than 1 year) should be physically active several times daily" and toddlers and preschoolers "should accumulate at least 180 minutes of physical activity at any intensity spread throughout the day".

The state of the world's children 2012: Children in an urban world
24 Apr 2012 | International
http://goo.gl/W2pyI
Annual report from UNICEF examines the realities of urban life for children and their families. Comments that "in urban areas blighted by poverty, ill health and poor nutrition, early childhood programming is often notable by its absence".

MORE research, policy & practice
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2. Child care in the news:
- archive of news articles about early childhood education and child care (ECEC) in Canada and abroad.

Ontario budget: Child care and anti-poverty advocates cheer Liberal-NDP deal
25 Apr 2012 | Ontario
http://goo.gl/oezC1

Childcare needs of urban poor ignored: Experts
25 Apr 2012 | Asia
http://goo.gl/tLurQ

Guidance on well-being for under-fives out for consultation
http://goo.gl/r8CMa
24 Apr 2012 | Europe

Ontario Budget: McGuinty agrees to Horwath’s tax-the-rich scheme
24 Apr 2012 | Ontario
http://goo.gl/0LrO9

Federal budget 2012: Details show how Canadian PM Stephen Harper changing government
24 Apr 2012 | Canada
http://goo.gl/QZ91Q

MORE child care in the news
http://childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news

April 21, 2012

What's new online this week:

1. Research, policy & practice
- materials include: scholarly research, policy studies and briefs, government and NGO reports

L’impact des services de garde à contribution réduite sur le taux d’activité féminin, le revenu intérieur et les revenus gouvernementaux
http://goo.gl/wPmmg
18 Apr 2012 | Quebec
(Full report only available in French)
Report examines the tax revenue generated from Quebec's $7 a day child care program. Concludes that "every $ 100 investment from the Government of Quebec [for the child care program] gave a $104 tax return and also contributed to a $43 gift to the federal government".

International review of leave policies and related research 2011
http://goo.gl/ntKyz
18 Apr 2012 | International
Annual review from the International Network on Leave Policies and Research compares maternity and parental leave policies across 30 countries. Canada country note says "there is no entitlement to ECEC at any age, and levels of attendance at formal services for children under and over 3 years are below the average for the 30 countries included in this review".

Going, going, gone: Dismantling the progressive state
http://goo.gl/9OLhb
18 Apr 2012 | Canada
Alex Himelfarb blogs about the 2012 Federal budget and remarks, "this budget gives pretty clear signals of a different Canada, perhaps hard to get at because it is not about building but about dismantling: not dismantling the state - witness the expanded use of the coercive criminal law power and the build up of our military and security apparatus - so much as rolling back the progressive state".

The economic value of child care
http://goo.gl/UjFFL
18 Apr 2012 | Ontario
Report from the County of Wellington in Guelph Ontario, concludes that "Wellington and Guelph's economic wealth will benefit from high quality child care and early childhood education across all of our service planning areas".

BC child care advocates at the United Nations to defend children’s rights
http://goo.gl/Rvx0L
18 Apr 2012 | British Columbia
Susan Harney describes how and why the 'Child Care is a Right' project was created and how it has developed.

MORE research, policy & practice
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2. Child care in the news:
- archive of news articles about early childhood education and child care (ECEC) in Canada and abroad.

Janet Bagnall: $7 daycare: the Alberta take vs. the truth
http://goo.gl/hCq3G
20 Apr 2012 | Quebec

Daycare task force holds first meeting
http://goo.gl/3zD7d
20 Apr 2012 | Ontario

Local candidates discuss childcare platforms
http://goo.gl/4cz1j
18 Apr 2012 | Alberta

Christine Quinn: Mayor Bloomberg's child care cuts 'unacceptable'
http://goo.gl/Mdxlj
18 Apr 2012 | United States

Learning crucial to childcare: Coalition
http://goo.gl/jSs40
18 Apr 2012 | Australia and New Zealand

MORE child care in the news
http://childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news

April 15, 2012

What's new online this week:

1. Research, policy & practice
- materials include: scholarly research, policy studies and briefs, government and NGO reports

How employment constraints affect low-income working parents’ child care decisions
http://goo.gl/co8Na
11 Apr 2012 | United States
Brief summarizes findings and conclusions from a larger study on child care choices for low-income working families. Concludes that "one reason employment so deeply constricts care decisions is the very limited support for children’s early care and education in the United States, especially in low-income communities".

Why our economic future depends on a national child-care program
http://goo.gl/mFnK0
11 Apr 2012 | Canada
Ann Douglas describes Canada's "severely under-developed" ECEC services while emphasizing the social and economic impact the lack of ECEC services and policy is having on Canadian children, parents and society as a whole.

The state of preschool 2011
http://goo.gl/HWYte
11 Apr 2012 | United States
Annual NIEER report finds "many states’ commitments to their youngest citizens are now slipping".

Equality project
http://goo.gl/lcX46
11 Apr 2012 | Canada
First report from the Broadbent Institute introduces the 'Equality Project' and summarizes findings from a recent poll that found "that over three-quarters of Canadians (77%) deem income inequality a serious problem and they are ready to find and take part in solutions".

Business and family position paper: Surrey Board of Trade & Children’s Partnership of Surrey – White Rock
http://goo.gl/hjzZ4
11 Apr 2012 | British Columbia
Position paper identifies the rising costs associated with employees' work-life conflicts in the BC business community. Argues for a "new deal for families" that includes parental leave, increased child care supports, and incentives for flexible and family friendly workplaces.

MORE research, policy & practice
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2. Child care in the news:
- archive of news articles about early childhood education and child care (ECEC) in Canada and abroad.

SFU child care building gives back to the earth: UniverCity Childcare Centre aims to be a net contributor rather than a consumer of precious resources
http://goo.gl/bk71F
13 Apr 2012 | British Columbia

Horwath to McGuinty: ‘Is it millionaires or daycares?’
http://goo.gl/ySk75
13 Apr 2012 | Ontario

Ontario budget 2012: Andrea Horwath insists on surtax for wealthy
http://goo.gl/NCccc
12 Apr 2012 | Ontario

Copenhagen really is wonderful, for so many reasons
http://goo.gl/Tf1rF
11 Apr 2012 | Europe

Daycare fees need a refocus
http://goo.gl/6Wiyp
11 Apr 2012 | Manitoba

MORE child care in the news
http://childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news

April 8, 2012

What's new online this week:

1. Research, policy & practice
- materials include: scholarly research, policy studies and briefs, government and NGO reports

Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage
http://goo.gl/40dPr
4 Apr 2012 | Europe
Revised framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (UK)"reduces the number of early learning goals from 69 to 17, sharpens the focus on the main areas of ---
learning and simplifies assessment when a child reaches five".

Life changes: supporting transitions from early childhood services to school
http://goo.gl/GhaVG
4 Apr 2012 | Europe
March issue of Children in Europe considers "how educators and families can support children through the transition (from early childhood services to school) and asks if the emphasis should be on children preparing for school, or schools adjusting to the needs of their youngest children?"

Key findings from year 1 of full-­day early learning kindergarten in Peel
http://goo.gl/1GRg0
4 Apr 2012 | Ontario
Report by Janette Pelletier from OISE describes preliminary results "that show promise for both the implementation and short-­-term outcomes" of the full day early learning kindergarten program in Ontario.

Alberta election 2012: Speak up for the public interest
http://goo.gl/RV8Im
4 Apr 2012 | Alberta
Child care is one of the main issues highlighted on the Public Interest Alberta website for the 2012 Alberta election. The website provides tools to find candidates, election events and resources, and explore the issues.

Federal budget March 2012 and responses
http://goo.gl/Cxtiu
30 Mar 2012 | Canada
On March 26, 2012 the federal government tabled their 2011 budget. CRRU has gathered links to the federal budget documents, a selection of responses from child care, social policy and labour groups, as well as media coverage analyzing the budget. More materials will be added as they become available.

MORE research, policy & practice
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2. Child care in the news:
- archive of news articles about early childhood education and child care (ECEC) in Canada and abroad.

NDP conditions on Ontario budget include tax hike for highest earners
http://goo.gl/0V6HS
4 Apr 2012 | Ontario

Modern motherhood ... undermining women?
http://goo.gl/RbYx9
4 Apr 2012 | Europe

Canada is not doing right by its under-45 citizens
http://goo.gl/UeX37
4 Apr 2012 | Canada

Kindy's haves and have nots
http://goo.gl/OvYGI
4 Apr 2012 | Australia and New Zealand

Merkel faces German coalition row over childcare cash
http://goo.gl/AvcEF
4 Apr 2012 | Europe

MORE child care in the news
http://childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news

April 1, 2012

What's new online this week:

1. Research, policy & practice
- materials include: scholarly research, policy studies and briefs, government and NGO reports

The impact of publicly provided services on the distribution of resources
http://goo.gl/nim9x
28 Mar 2012 | International
OECD Social, Employment and Migration Working Paper "looks at how the income distribution in countries changes when the value of publicly-provided services to households is included". States that "limited and unequal access to childcare services perpetuates social inequalities, whereas investment in early education can protect children from further social disadvantages and contribute to more equality".

Learning for well-being: A policy priority for children and youth in Europe
http://goo.gl/FAULC
28 Mar 2012 | Europe
Report developed by Eurochild and a consortium of foundations associated with the European Union argues that "we need to radically shift our mindsets and transform how we think about children, learning, health, education and society".

Now we are born: Second report of the Growing Up in New Zealand longitudinal study
http://goo.gl/giBDk
28 Mar 2012 | Australia and New Zealand
The second report from the Growing Up in New Zealand longitudinal study finds that "over a third of mothers reported using non-parental child care, for an average of 20 hours per week" for their babies at 9 months, and "the most commonly used forms of non-parental childcare were early child care centres and grandparents".

Improving quality in the early years: A comparison of perspectives and measures
http://goo.gl/dpOcL
27 Mar 2012 | Europe
Report from Daycare Trust, University of Oxford and A+ Education (UK)concludes that the government quality rating system (Ofsted) is "too broad to provide a detailed measure of quality in early years settings", and is "best used alongside other quality measures".

The current state of Canadian family finances: 2011-2012 report
http://goo.gl/qMXJS
27 Mar 2012 | Canada
The 13th report in the series from the Vanier Institute of the Family "finds many Canadian families struggling to balance persistently high debt loads against modest savings and often precarious income flow".

MORE research, policy & practice
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2. Child care in the news:
- archive of news articles about early childhood education and child care (ECEC) in Canada and abroad.

Completing the job started by Mike Harris
http://goo.gl/Ki3J8
28 Mar 2012 | Ontario

Child Care already in an “Age of Austerity”
http://goo.gl/w6mcV
28 Mar 2012 | Ontario

Ontario Budget: Parents decry lack of new child care funding
http://goo.gl/KLPGM
28 Mar 2012 | Ontario

Poor families with stay-home moms trapped by lack of child care
http://goo.gl/O3WIV
28 Mar 2012 | Asia

NB's abolished council: One year later, Women's Advisory Council still sorely missed
http://goo.gl/dSIgq
27 Mar 2012 | New Brunswick

March 25, 2012

What's new online this week:

1. Research, policy & practice
- materials include: scholarly research, policy studies and briefs, government and NGO reports

Child care is a right: Supporting documents from the United Nations Pre-sessional Committee on the Rights of the Child
http://goo.gl/bnjQQ
21 Mar 2012 | Canada
Documents from the CCAAC and CCCABC include speaking notes from the pre-Sessional working group of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, 'Declaration for a child care system in Canada' and 'BRIEF UPDATE of A Tale of Two Canadas: Implementing rights in early childhood'.

Encouraging quality in early childhood education and care (ECEC)
http://goo.gl/79yvk
21 Mar 2012 | International
OECD research brief on minimum standards states that "creating and consistently enforcing standards at different levels of the ECEC system sets a guarantee that a minimum level of safety, health and quality for children is ensured".

The role of informal childcare: A synthesis and critical review of the evidence
http://goo.gl/MzsDi
21 Mar 2012 | Europe
Report from the Nuffield Foundation (UK) "explores what we do and do not know about the roles that ‘informal childcare' play for different families".

Ontario's fiscal reality: Cup half empty or half full?
http://goo.gl/P6zab
20 Mar 2012 | Ontario
CCPA's Hugh Mackenzie states that "many of the service cuts Drummond has proposed run counter to clear evidence of the economic benefit Ontarians receive from public service. The economic benefits from early childhood learning have been extensively studied and are well documented".

The impact of austerity on women
http://goo.gl/tXZF7
20 Mar 2012 | Europe
Report from the Fawcett Society (UK) highlights that "the cumulative effect of fiscal measures taken to reduce net public spending will have a disproportionate effect on women" who will "be the ones to ‘pick up the tab' and fill the gaps left in provision".

MORE research, policy & practice
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2. Child care in the news:
- archive of news articles about early childhood education and child care (ECEC) in Canada and abroad.

Once the national leader in child care funding Ontario falling farther behind other provinces
http://goo.gl/5fZFJ
23 Mar 2012 | Ontario

George Brown College ECE degree program trains leaders for child-care, family agencies and policy development
http://goo.gl/6Qnfm
22 Mar 2012 | Ontario

All-day kindergarten gets high marks in Ontario
http://goo.gl/dFV2W
21 Mar 2012 | Ontario

Ofsted childcare ratings 'unreliable measure of quality'
http://goo.gl/TYYmm
21 Mar 2012 | Europe

Child care spaces urged
http://goo.gl/6tLBQ
20 Mar 2012 | Saskatchewan

March 18, 2012

What's new online this week:

1. Research, policy & practice
- materials include: scholarly research, policy studies and briefs, government and NGO reports

Alternative Federal Budget 2012: A budget for the rest of us
http://goo.gl/Xwncg
15 Mar 2012 | Canada
The 2012 Alternative Federal Budget calls on the Government of Canada to scrap spending cuts and table a detailed budget that restores Canadians' trust in the economy, public institutions, and democracy. A "national accessible" childhood education and child care program is among the AFB's "Top 10 ways to make the federal budget work for the rest of us".

Ontario budget 2012: Austerity is bad for our health
http://goo.gl/YRJY4
14 Mar 2012 | Ontario
Sheila Block from the Wellesley Institute explains how "implementing the Drummond Report’s recommendations on social spending will result in diminished services and reduced incomes for marginalized children and adults."

Review of early education and childcare qualifications: Interim report
http://goo.gl/alsCF
14 Mar 2012 | Europe
Report highlights preliminary findings from an ongoing independent review, led by Professor Cathy Nutbrown, to consider how best to strengthen qualifications and career pathways in the ECEC workforce in the UK.

Municipal child care in Alberta: An alternative approach to the funding and delivery of early learning and care for children and their families
http://goo.gl/0joeD
14 Mar 2012 | Alberta
Report from the Muttart Foundation outlines the history of municipal involvement in early learning and care in Alberta, describes the current four municipal models, and aims to "promote discussion on the potential for such models to play a greater role in the Alberta early learning and care landscape."

Roma early childhood inclusion: Overview report
http://goo.gl/xoK0n
12 Mar 2012 | Europe
Report by John Bennet provides an overview of the Roma Early Childhood Inclusion national reports from the Czech Republic, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Serbia and Romania. Report concludes that "Roma children are valuable: Europe and its member states can no longer afford to neglect their future. The barriers to their access must be torn down."

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2. Child care in the news:
- archive of news articles about early childhood education and child care (ECEC) in Canada and abroad.

Federal Budget 2012: It’s time to address income inequality, think-tank says
http://goo.gl/5cUft
15 Mar 2012 | Canada

Bronwen Cohen: SNP’s pledge on childcare doesn’t go far enough
http://goo.gl/vqnBV
14 Mar 2012 | Europe

Edleun acquires eighth Ontario centre
http://goo.gl/zpDQK
14 Mar 2012 | Ontario

Ken Livingstone pledges childcare fund for London
http://goo.gl/TvRWZ
14 Mar 2012 | Europe

Nutbrown review: interim report spells out key messages for qualifications reform
http://goo.gl/9cb5Z
14 Mar 2012 | Europe

March 9, 2012

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1. Research, policy & practice
- materials include: scholarly research, policy studies and briefs, government and NGO reports

Manitoba equality report card 2012
http://goo.gl/Yl8co
9 Mar 2012 | Manitoba
Child care gets a failing grade in UNPAC's 2012 report card on women's equality in Manitoba.

Early childhood education and child care – STILL central to women’s equality
http://goo.gl/XDwcY
8 Mar 2012 | Canada
To mark International Women's Day 2012, CRRU has updated our Issue File on ECEC and Canadian women. This Issue File collects selected readings that describe and document the importance of accessible ECEC to women's economic equality and to their opportunities to fully engage in society.

Work it! A game about work, life and balance
http://goo.gl/ouVyI
8 Mar 2012 | Canada
Web-based video game from the Canadian Labour Congress highlights the challenges women face in balancing work and family life and links back to web-based resources about the real-life challenges facing working women in Canada.

La lutte continue/the stuggle continues: Child care and International Women's Day through the years
http://goo.gl/UApqV
8 Mar 2012 | Canada
This week's Know Thy History: Looking Back on Child Care looks at the history of International Women's Day and the continuing struggle for child care.

NEW WEBSITE:
Child Care Matters To Me
http://goo.gl/VBx0y
6 Mar 2012 | Ontario
Website provides a platform to stand up for high quality, licensed child care in Ontario. Quick links to email MPPs, sign a petition and share with others.

MORE research, policy & practice
http://childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice

2. Child care in the news:
- archive of news articles about early childhood education and child care (ECEC) in Canada and abroad.

Province gets passing grades. Highs, lows for women's issues: report card
http://goo.gl/oJ6Dn
9 Mar 2012 | Manitoba

International Women’s Day: We need a women’s rights reawakening
7 Mar 2012 | Canada
http://goo.gl/UftvZ

Canada among the countries where women are left behind:
Lack of national policy on child care seen as a barrier to entering business ventures

http://goo.gl/bQ2K6
6 Mar 2012 | Canada

Ontario budget: Hundreds of daycares will close without new money in the spring budget
6 Mar 2012 | Ontario
http://goo.gl/LNFGX

Media advisory: Child care advocates launch campaign to keep hundreds of child care centres open
5 Mar 2012 | Ontario
http://goo.gl/3rnqy

MORE child care in the news
http://childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news

March 4, 2012

What's new online this week:

1. Research, policy & practice
- materials include: scholarly research, policy studies and briefs, government and NGO reports

Childcare SOS: A call for the Ontario government to take action
http://goo.gl/dc1yj
2 Mar 2012 | Ontario
CUPE report calls on the Ontario government for "emergency short-term actions in response to the current crisis in childcare".

The pursuit of profit in Ontario child care: Risky business for parents and government
http://goo.gl/wAWG6
2 Mar 2012 | Ontario
Research and policy analysis from CUPE shows that "overall, for-profit child care—especially when it becomes a big business—is a bad bargain for the public purse and for governments."

Deconstructing Drummond
http://goo.gl/wkrlI
29 Feb 2012 | Ontario
Collection of documents from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives provides analyses of the 'Drummond report'; includes presentations from the Deconstructing Drummond event held in Toronto and blogs from various CCPA research associates.

Issue File: Early childhood education and care in the 2012 provincial/territorial budgets
http://goo.gl/WpTkj
28 Feb 2012 | Canada
New CRRU Issue File collects information on how ECEC is addressed in the 2012 provincial/territorial budgets. Additional resources will be added throughout the next couple of months as more provinces and territories have their budgets.

Money matters for early education: The relationships among child care quality, teacher characteristics, and subsidy status
http://goo.gl/kmvAp
28 Feb 2012 | United States
Findings from a regression analysis are presented and show that "programs that do not accept subsidy funds are more likely to offer high-quality programming in language and reasoning activities that have a positive impact on children's development and school readiness."

MORE research, policy & practice
http://childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice

2. Child care in the news:
- archive of news articles about early childhood education and child care (ECEC) in Canada and abroad.

OFL statement: Women are the majority of the majority
http://goo.gl/eWa5r
2 Mar 2012 | Ontario

Toronto faces child care 'crisis' due to full-day kindergarten: Mammoliti
http://goo.gl/nGNHz
1 Mar 2012 | Ontario

European states support UN complaints procedure on children's rights
http://goo.gl/38Epq
29 Feb 2012 | International

Daycare workers reach agreement in principle
http://goo.gl/aEvrF
29 Feb 2012 | Quebec

Childcare onus on the government
http://goo.gl/h3idO
28 Feb 2012 | Ontario

MORE child care in the news
http://childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news

February 25, 2012

What's new online this week:

1. Research, policy & practice
- materials include: scholarly research, policy studies and briefs, government and NGO reports

Information about the current state of child care in Toronto
http://goo.gl/jKwBT
22 Feb 2012 | Ontario
Fact sheet, brochure and community presentation from the City of Toronto provide detailed information on the impacts of full-day kindergarten on the child care sector and strategies needed to stabilize it.

Family Day on the treadmill: Alberta families at risk of too much stress
http://goo.gl/qpQuc
21 Feb 2012 | Alberta
Report suggests Albertans need more than family day to catch up on family time; argues that "high working hours, low vacation entitlement, and lack of childcare is not a recipe for a healthy productive workforce or community."

Learning together: A study of six B.A. completion cohort programs in early care and education: Year 4
http://goo.gl/lmd3K
21 Feb 2012 | United States
Report describes experiences and views of ECE practitioners from an early education B.A. cohort; findings indicate "almost all graduates were of the opinion that their B.A. degrees would have a positive impact on their future."

State early care and education public policy developments: Fiscal year 2012
http://goo.gl/zLaci
21 Feb 2012 | United States
Report highlights approved policy and funding changes that impact early childhood education by state.

Efficiency and evidence-based practice in early childhood education and care:
CRRU’s analysis of the ECEC recommendations in the Drummond report

http://goo.gl/rHrF4
17 Feb 2012 | Ontario
CRRU's response to the Drummond report (Commission on the Reform of Ontario's Public Services)"responds to the FDK recommendations and to the virtual omission of child care from the perspective of efficiency and evidence-based practice, two of the Commission's declared approaches."

MORE research, policy & practice
http://childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice

2. Child care in the news:
- archive of news articles about early childhood education and child care (ECEC) in Canada and abroad.

Childcare allowance 'fails to address regional differences'
http://goo.gl/pM1Aa
22 Feb 2012 | Europe

Albertans work hard for a living
http://goo.gl/x8PLK
21 Feb 2012 | Alberta

Putting the sex into government budgets
http://goo.gl/hf4KD
21 Feb 2012 | Canada

How looming Ontario cuts will spark a ‘she-cession’
http://goo.gl/xYKvx
21 Feb 2012 | Ontario

Questioning “The Prophet Drummond”
http://goo.gl/XSPtH
21 Feb 2012 | Ontario

MORE child care in the news
http://childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news

February 19, 2012

What's new online this week:

1. Research, policy & practice
- materials include: scholarly research, policy studies and briefs, government and NGO reports

Efficiency and evidence-based practice in early childhood education and care: CRRU’s analysis of the ECEC recommendations in the Drummond report
http://goo.gl/nDX6n
17 Feb 2012 | Ontario
CRRU's response to the Drummond report (Commission on the Reform of Ontario's Public Services)"responds to the FDK recommendations and to the virtual omission of child care from the perspective of efficiency and evidence-based practice, two of the Commission's declared approaches."

Commission on the reform of Ontario's public services (The Drummond report)
http://goo.gl/GEsJz
15 Feb 2012 | Ontario
Long awaited "Drummond Report" recommends cancelling or downgrading staffing in full-day kindergarten. It makes little mention of child care. A response from CRRU will be posted shortly.

Waiting for Drummond: The play
http://goo.gl/kXAdp
15 Feb 2012 | Ontario
Video from TVO's The Agenda makes light of the fact that "Queen's Park seems to be re-enacting Samuel Beckett's famous absurdist play, "Waiting for Godot," as they wait for the release of Don Drummond's report on Ontario's financial situation.

The working poor in the Toronto Region: Who they are, where they live, and how trends are changing
http://goo.gl/CQEwD
14 Feb 2012 | Ontario
Report from the Metcalf Foundation identifies the growing number of working poor in the Toronto Region. Argues that in a region with the highest cost of living "earnings from a job – even a full-time job – may not be enough to escape poverty."

The price of motherhood: Women and part-time work
http://goo.gl/GJryj
14 Feb 2012 | Europe
Survey finds that many women "are forced into lower-skilled, part-time work after having children" and that "a lack of affordable childcare appears to be the most important barrier to mothers working full-time."

MORE research, policy & practice
http://childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice

2. Child care in the news:
- archive of news articles about early childhood education and child care (ECEC) in Canada and abroad.

Early life's long reach forward: Can a parenting co-op in Cape Breton save the economy?
http://goo.gl/uYxXI
15 Feb 2012 | Nova Scotia

Full-day kindergarten never at risk
http://goo.gl/U1GS5
15 Feb 2012 | Ontario

Any strategy for growth must include decent childcare for all
http://goo.gl/ZdLFJ
14 Feb 2012 | Europe

PhD student unfairly denied child care subsidy, students renew call for fair subsidy process
http://goo.gl/Odz4x
14 Feb 2012 | Ontario

From House to crèche, women are still juggling bébé and work
http://goo.gl/89Gkz
14 Feb 2012 | Canada

MORE child care in the news
http://childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news

February 12, 2012

What's new online this week:

1. Research, policy & practice
- materials include: scholarly research, policy studies and briefs, government and NGO reports

Solutions: How the Ontario government can rescue and ensure the viability and quality of the province’s child care system
http://goo.gl/tuhJS
8 Feb 2012 | Ontario
Paper from the Quality Early Learning Network explains the current crisis in child care in Ontario. It argues that "for the Ontario ECEC system to survive and thrive, a multi-pronged approach is needed". A comprehensive plan is outlined and includes the call for "immediate, emergency financial assistance, a long-term policy framework, increased stable public funding, and a modernized funding model."

Canada’s history of the never-was national child care program
http://goo.gl/BnzLw
8 Feb 2012 | Canada
In this edition of Know thy History: Looking back on child care, we look back at the three major attempts by federal governments to develop a national child care strategy for Canada.

Poverty reduction in an age of uncertainty and change: 2011 report card on child and family poverty in Ontario
http://goo.gl/LgrQ0
8 Feb 2012 | Ontario
Campaign 2000's annual report card on poverty in Ontario argues that "if the Ontario government wants to stay on track and reduce child poverty, it has to see poverty reduction as a priority, a key consideration in public sector decision making."

Who says what: Election coverage and sourcing of child care in four Canadian dailies
http://goo.gl/RY6Hx
8 Feb 2012 | Canada
Article co-written and researched by CRRU staff Carolyn Ferns and Lyndsay Macdonald analyzes news coverage from the 2006 federal election. It concludes that "the voices of parents and child care activists were marginal".

MORE research, policy & practice
http://childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice

2. Child care in the news:
- archive of news articles about early childhood education and child care (ECEC) in Canada and abroad.

New poll shows Canadians want to make family a priority
http://goo.gl/ZsUZA
8 Feb 2012 | Canada

French-language day care to reopen
http://goo.gl/w9elJ
8 Feb 2012 | Ontario

Campaigners to draw up 'alternative' EYFS
http://goo.gl/Iuqo6
8 Feb 2012 | Europe

Poverty fight must go on despite deficit, activists say
http://goo.gl/Be4IC
8 Feb 2012 | Ontario

The rollout of full-day kindergarten
http://goo.gl/rNmFM
8 Feb 2012 | Ontario

Open Letter to the Prime Minister from Campaign 2000 & Child Care Advocacy Association of Canada
re. Reprofiling the Universal Child Care Benefit (UCCB) Fund

February 6, 2012 – Today - six years since the announcement of the Universal Child Care Benefit (UCCB)—the CCAAC and Campaign 2000 call on the Harper government to redirect the $2.5 billion annual UCCB to fund ECEC programs and the National Child Benefit for low and modest income families. An open letter sent today to the Prime Minister, Finance Minister and President of Treasury Board says that Canadians simply cannot afford to let a substantial public expenditure like the UCCB continue with no documented efficacy. (...).

Read the full Open Letter:

English (PDF - 224K, 22 pages):
http://www.campaign2000.ca/whatsnew/Open%20letter-CCAAC&C2000EnglishFeb2012.pdf

Français (268K, 2 pages)
http://www.campaign2000.ca/whatsnew/Open%20letter-CCAAC&C2000FrenchFeb3pm,2012.pdf

Related links:

* Universal Child Care Benefit (Canada Revenue Agency)
http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/bnfts/uccb-puge/menu-eng.html

* Campaign 2000
http://www.campaign2000.ca/

* Child Care Advocacy Association of Canada
http://www.ccaac.ca/home.php

* National Child Benefit
http://www.nationalchildbenefit.ca/eng/home.shtml

February 5, 2012

What's new online this week:

1. Research, policy & practice
- materials include: scholarly research, policy studies and briefs, government and NGO reports

Open letter to Prime Minister Harper re. the Universal Child Care Benefit
http://goo.gl/zM3TB
4 Feb 2012 | Canada
Today—six years since the announcement of the Universal Child Care Benefit (UCCB)—the Child Care Advocacy Association of Canada and Campaign 2000 call on the Harper government to redirect the $2.5 billion annual UCCB fund to ECEC programs and the National Child Benefit for low and modest income families.

Ensuring access to early childhood education and child care for all Canadians
http://goo.gl/7SD0Y
1 Feb 2012 | Canada
NDP leadership candidate Peggy Nash releases child care plan "based on evidence which consistently confirms that Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) programs support women's equality, help lift families out of poverty, and strengthen communities."

A life raft for women's equality
http://goo.gl/MjXAB
1 Feb 2012 | Europe
Report from the Fawcett Society (UK)"details 'targeted, achievable policies' to defend women's rights"; argues that austerity measures are "turning back time on women’s equality."

Investing in public programs matters: How state policies impact children's lives
http://goo.gl/PG2nU
30 Jan 2012 | United States
Report includes new findings about the strength of relationships between state policies and selected economic and demographic factors indicative of child well-being.

MORE research, policy & practice
http://childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice

2. Child care in the news:
- archive of news articles about early childhood education and child care (ECEC) in Canada and abroad.

Lise St-Denis named Liberal Critic for Early Learning and Childcare
http://goo.gl/m3KvQ
1 Feb 2012 | Canada

Harper Needs to Put Women and Children First
http://goo.gl/BXp27
1 Feb 2012 | Canada

Ottawa daycares don't use centralized list: Only half of children on centralized list find daycare spot in capital
http://goo.gl/wzR3h
1 Feb 2012 | Ontario

The child care crisis in Parkdale-High Park prompts town hall
http://goo.gl/IS1aC
30 Jan 2012 | Ontario

Lost in babyland
http://goo.gl/8nxT9
30 Jan 2012 | Canada

MORE child care in the news
http://childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news

January 29, 2012

What's new online this week:

1. Research, policy & practice
- materials include: scholarly research, policy studies and briefs, government and NGO reports

Background information and facts about public child care in Peel Region
http://goo.gl/2n99e
24 Jan 2012 | Ontario
Collection of documents includes fact sheet about public child care in Peel Region, Peel's child care service plan for 2010-2011, and documents supporting the recommendation to regional coucnil to close all public child care centres in Peel.

International Journal of Child Care and Education Policy (Volume 5)
http://goo.gl/N6Acr
23 Jan 2012 | International
Fifth volume of the international journal from the Korea Institute of Child Care and Education available online; covers various ECEC policy issues by experts from around the world.

Pay matters: The positive economic impacts of paid family leave for families, businesses and the public
http://goo.gl/9tTS1
23 Jan 2012 | United States
Report from the Rutgers Center for Women and Work argues that "if paid leave policies have the potential to protect women's and men's wages and long-term earnings, and perhaps even to reduce the use of state- and federally-funded public assistance, then any political or economic investment in such policies would be - quite literally - worth the cost."

Policies to assist parents with young children
http://goo.gl/VcG03
23 Jan 2012 | United States
Article by Christopher Ruhm compares parental leave and ECEC policies in the United States, Canada, and several European nations; argues that "Canada falls in the middle in generosity" for parental leave and benefits.

'Promising practices' of early childhood education principles for immigrant and refugee children in British Columbia
http://goo.gl/9npGy
23 Jan 2012 | British Columbia
Report provides "an overview of programs and services for newcomer children aged 0-12 years" and "explores the unique approaches that managers, coordinators and educators working with immigrant and refugee children take to achieve their programmatic goals."

MORE research, policy & practice
http://childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice

2. Child care in the news:
- archive of news articles about early childhood education and child care (ECEC) in Canada and abroad.

Child care issue put off: Region calls for task force
http://goo.gl/vMt94
27 Jan 2012 | Ontario

Parent pleas persuade Peel council to keep daycares open
http://goo.gl/O3VuO
27 Jan 2012 | Ontario

Rae tries to shore up support for NDP-turned-Liberal MP St-Denis
http://goo.gl/u62rp
26 Jan 2012 | Canada

Parents take concerns to board: Bypass roundtable discussions for answers about board-run care
http://goo.gl/KJePy
26 Jan 2012 | Ontario

Peel Region rushing daycare closings, parents say
http://goo.gl/zyfRE
26 Jan 2012 | Ontario

MORE child care in the news
http://childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news

January 21, 2012

What's new online this week:

1. Research, policy & practice
- materials include: scholarly research, policy studies and briefs, government and NGO reports

Hidden Value: Demonstrating the extraordinary impact of women's voluntary and community organisations
http://goo.gl/0Ezws
18 Jan 2012
Europe
Research by the Women’s Resource Centre (UK) finds that on average, over five years, for every £1 invested in women’s services, between £5 and £11 worth of social value is generated for women, their families and the State.

Families that work: Policies for reconciling parenthood and employment
http://goo.gl/j19qm
18 Jan 2012
United States
Book by Janet Gornick and Marcia Meyers "takes a close look at the family-work policies in the United States and abroad and calls for a new and expanded role for the U.S. government in order to bring this country up to the standards taken for granted in many other Western nations."

Right from the start: Transition strategies for establishing a strong preK-3 continuum
http://goo.gl/w29QC
17 Jan 2012
United States
Report from American Federation of Teachers addresses how to improve children's transition from preschool to kindergarten; profiles from 8 communities describe strategies to improve transitions for children.

Societal values and policies may curtail preschool children's physical activity in child care centers
http://goo.gl/QiLRC
17 Jan 2012
United States
Research identifies three main barriers to children's physical activity in child care centres as injury concerns, financial constraints, and a focus on academics; concludes that "societal priorities for young children-safety and school readiness-may be hindering children's physical development."

Are we doing enough? A status report on Canadian public policy and child and youth health
http://goo.gl/IaxAw
17 Jan 2012
Canada
Report from the Canadian Pediatric Society identifies the status of public policies affecting children and youth; calls on "the federal government to implement a national child care strategy, with an integrated system of services that are universal and publicly funded."MORE research, policy & practice
http://childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice

2. Child care in the news:
- archive of news articles about early childhood education and child care (ECEC) in Canada and abroad.

Benefits of high quality child care persist 30 years later
http://goo.gl/aT2UV
20 Jan 2012 | United States

Will childcare centres be axed?
http://goo.gl/JKdsS
20 Jan 2012 | Ontario

Public day care is best
http://goo.gl/efTu8
20 Jan 2012 | Canada

What publicly funded child care means to parents
http://goo.gl/tmTG2
20 Jan 2012 | Ontario

Govt. to expand free childcare services for children
http://goo.gl/yC5IY
19 Jan 2012 | Asia

MORE child care in the news
http://childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news

January 15, 2012

What's new online this week:

1. Research, policy & practice
- materials include: scholarly research, policy studies and briefs, government and NGO reports

A historical snapshot of inequality in Canada
http://childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/12/01/historical-snapshot-inequality-canada
6 Jan 2012
This week's Know Thy History looks back at the inequalities between various groups that have been constant themes in Canada; a universal system of high quality ECEC has a key role to play in addressing these inequities.

The impact of austerity measures on households with children
http://childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/12/01/impact-austerity-measures-households-children
6 Jan 2012
Report from Family & Parenting Institute analyses the impact of tax and benefit changes in the UK; findings show "low-income households with children, particularly non-working lone parent households, lose more as a percentage of income on average from tax and benefit changes."

The next six years: The first six years: Start Strong Ireland conference 2011
http://childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/12/01/next-six-years-first-six-years-start-strong-ireland-confere
5 Jan 2012
Presentations from the annual conference of Start Strong Ireland; a wide range of organisations and individuals discuss current issues and future strategies for ECEC.

Starting strong III: A quality toolbox for early childhood education and care
http://childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/12/01/starting-strong-iii-quality-toolbox-early-childhood-educati
4 Jan 2012
Major new publication from OECD focuses on quality issues; aims to define quality and outlines five policy levers that can enhance it in ECEC.

Canada's CEO elite 100: The 0.01%
http://childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/12/01/canadas-ceo-elite-100-001
3 Jan 2012
In CCPA's annual look at CEO compensation, Hugh Mackenzie argues that "the gap between Canada’s CEO Elite 100 and the rest of us is growing at a fast and steady pace, to date impervious to a tumultuous global economic reality with no signs of abating."

MORE research, policy & practice
http://childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice

2. Child care in the news:
- archive of news articles about early childhood education and child care (ECEC) in Canada and abroad.

Local politicians holding childcare forum
http://childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/12/01/local-politicians-holding-childcare-forum
11 Jan 2012 Ontario

Child-friendly public policies good for economy, says study
http://childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/12/01/child-friendly-public-policies-good-economy-says-study
11 Jan 2012 Quebec

Parents pay anything from $62 to $130 a day
http://childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/12/01/parents-pay-anything-62-130-day
11 Jan 2012 Australia and New Zealand

Poll suggests boomers are the real 'ME generation'
http://childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/12/01/poll-suggests-boomers-are-real-me-generation
11 Jan 2012 British Columbia

Children’s centre must leave school site
http://childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/12/01/children%E2%80%99s-centre-must-leave-school-site
11 Jan 2012 Nova Scotia

MORE child care in the news
http://childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news

January 7, 2012

What's new online this week:

1. Research, policy & practice
- materials include: scholarly research, policy studies and briefs, government and NGO reports

A historical snapshot of inequality in Canada
http://goo.gl/Vm4XX
6 Jan 2012
This week's Know Thy History looks back at the inequalities between various groups that have been constant themes in Canada; a universal system of high quality ECEC has a key role to play in addressing these inequities.

The impact of austerity measures on households with children (U.K.)
http://goo.gl/QvOgg
6 Jan 2012
Report from Family & Parenting Institute analyses the impact of tax and benefit changes in the UK; findings show "low-income households with children, particularly non-working lone parent households, lose more as a percentage of income on average from tax and benefit changes."

The next six years: The first six years: Start Strong Ireland conference 2011
http://goo.gl/qHMUN
5 Jan 2012
Presentations from the annual conference of Start Strong Ireland; a wide range of organisations and individuals discuss current issues and future strategies for ECEC.

Starting strong III: A quality toolbox for early childhood education and care
http://goo.gl/kFe5V
4 Jan 2012
Major new publication from OECD focuses on quality issues; aims to define quality and outlines five policy levers that can enhance it in ECEC.

Canada's CEO elite 100: The 0.01% 3 Jan 2012
http://goo.gl/EHWEk
In CCPA's annual look at CEO compensation, Hugh Mackenzie argues that "the gap between Canada’s CEO Elite 100 and the rest of us is growing at a fast and steady pace, to date impervious to a tumultuous global economic reality with no signs of abating."

MORE research, policy & practice
http://childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice

2. Child care in the news:
- archive of news articles about early childhood education and child care (ECEC) in Canada and abroad.

Couples with children to be hardest hit by coalition tax and benefit changes
http://goo.gl/8ObQS
4 Jan 2012 Europe

People think good policies happen almost by magic
http://goo.gl/N7Qag
4 Jan 2012 Europe

End tax break for Canadian executives’ stock options, report urges
http://goo.gl/YLdMv
3 Jan 2012 Canada

The high cost of poverty
http://goo.gl/XZybt
3 Jan 2012 Ontario

Early schooling is a good thing
http://goo.gl/7H6Uh
3 Jan 2012 Canada

MORE child care in the news
http://childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news

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Breaking the cycle: Ontario's poverty reduction strategy 2011 annual report
Third progress report

[Highlights and excerpts only]
http://childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/11/12/breaking-cycle-ontarios-poverty-reduction-strategy-2011-ann
Publication Date: December 20, 2011
Source: Government of Ontario

Also from CRRU:

Campaign 2000: Twenty years of fighting for action on child poverty
Know Thy History: Looking Back on Child Care
http://childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/11/11/campaign-2000-twenty-years-fighting-action-child-poverty

Publication Date: November 23, 2011
Source:
Childcare Resource and Research Unit
http://childcarecanada.org/
The Childcare Resource and Research Unit was established to:
provide public education, resources and consultation on ECEC policy and research; foster and support research in various fields focusing on ECEC; carry out relevant research projects and publish the results; support, promote and provide communication on ECEC policy and research.

Also posted to the CRRU website recently (December 20):

The economics of inequality: The value of early childhood education
By James J. Heckman
Publication Date: 1 May 2011
Source: American Educator (American Federation of Teachers)
[ Complete article (PDF - 808K, 6 pages):
http://www.aft.org/pdfs/americaneducator/spring2011/Heckman.pdf
Excerpt:
The logic is quite clear from an economic standpoint. We can invest [in early childhood education] early to close disparities and prevent achievement gaps, or we can pay to remediate disparities when they are harder and more expensive to close. Either way we are going to pay. And, we'll have to do both for a while. But, there is an important difference between the two approaches. Investing early allows us to shape the future; investing later chains us to fixing the missed opportunities of the past.

December 27, 2011

What's new online this week:

1. Research, policy & practice
- materials include: scholarly research, policy studies and briefs, government and NGO reports

Short-term impact analysis of an expansion of regulated early learning and care in Nova Scotia
http://goo.gl/cmSuw
20 Dec 2011
Report written by Robert Fairholm "provides an analysis of the short-term economic impact of an expansion of regulated early learning and care (ELC) as it is currently structured in the province of Nova Scotia."

Breaking the cycle: Ontario's poverty reduction strategy 2011 annual report
http://goo.gl/1y4qr
20 Dec 2011
Third progress report for Ontario's poverty reduction strategy describes developments in ECEC and how they impact family/child poverty.

The economics of inequality: The value of early childhood education
http://goo.gl/OOHYA
20 Dec 2011
Article by James Heckman presents the economic rationale for investing in ECEC; argues that "the logic is quite clear from an economic standpoint... investing early allows us to shape the future."

Partnering for excellence: 2010 performance benchmarking report
http://goo.gl/zckNt
19 Dec 2011
OMBI's 2010 performance benchmarking report provides data on municipal child care services; data shows that "while a majority of [child care]funding is from the province, municipalities can spend 100% of funds to provide services."

All in a day's work
http://goo.gl/bylI8
19 Dec 2011
Fact sheet from the Vanier Institute of the Family examines how families spend their time; indentifies "different patterns of time use between men and women" and concludes that "time spent on child care continues to rise among men and women."

MORE research, policy & practice
http://childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice

2. Child care in the news:
- archive of news articles about early childhood education and child care (ECEC) in Canada and abroad.

Free preschool pondered: Territorial government looks at funding education for four year olds
http://goo.gl/nnMmc
20 Dec 2011 Northwest Territories

Reduced charge for daycare owner in infant’s death
http://goo.gl/wS3N6
19 Dec 2011 Ontario

Kids and corporations
http://goo.gl/rS95n
19 Dec 2011 Ontario

Our children are not-for-profit
http://goo.gl/vkxTn
19 Dec 2011 Ontario

Affordable childcare must be priority to end child poverty, says Alan Milburn
http://goo.gl/YyIHQ
19 Dec 2011 Europe

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http://childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news

December 17, 2011

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- materials include: scholarly research, policy studies and briefs, government and NGO reports

Short-term impact analysis of an expansion of regulated early learning and care in Nova Scotia
http://goo.gl/cmSuw
16 Dec 2011

A matter of choice: A critical discourse analysis of ECEC policy in Canada's 2006 federal election
http://goo.gl/5NFwt
14 Dec 2011
Occasional Paper No. 25 from CRRU is now available online; presents Brooke Richardson's research that uses Critical Discourse Analysis to analyze the representation of ECEC in the 2006 federal election in Canada.

Making the case for universal child care
http://goo.gl/r7Oec
14 Dec 2011
Report from UK's Institute for Public Policy Research "adds economic benefits to social justice case for improving UK’s childcare provision."

Long-term effects of early childhood care and education
http://goo.gl/sbPVd
14 Dec 2011
Discussion paper from IZA examines the evidence for long term effects of parental leave and early childhood education programs; concludes that "favorable consequences requires an institutional structure where high quality non-parental care is available and affordable."

Recent expansion of corporate child care in Canada
http://goo.gl/ORvDx
14 Dec 2011
With the announcement this week that Edleun - Canada's first publicly traded child care corporation - is acquiring 7 centres in Ontario, CRRU has created an Issue File that collects information on the corporation's recent growth across Canada.

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http://childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice

2. Child care in the news:
- archive of news articles about early childhood education and child care (ECEC) in Canada and abroad.

Aid for child care drops when it is needed most
http://goo.gl/s0y9l
16 Dec 2011 United States

Generations disagree on public funding priorities: UBC poll
http://goo.gl/Ox2IC
16 Dec 2011 British Columbia

N.S. mulls changes to rules, spending on care of children
http://goo.gl/UpcCJ
16 Dec 2011 Nova Scotia

The road to higher female employment?
http://goo.gl/njZBH
15 Dec 2011 Europe

Province needs child care plan
http://goo.gl/nB95w
15 Dec 2011 Ontario

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http://childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news

December 11, 2011

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- materials include: scholarly research, policy studies and briefs, government and NGO reports

The budget for Europe 2020: Demands, challenges and opportunities for children in the EU budget
http://goo.gl/NkKMh
7 Dec 2011
Position paper from Eurochild urges EU to create a children's budget; funding should "target further early childhood education and care."

Workplace flexibility in the United States: A status report
http://goo.gl/5vt1v
7 Dec 2011
Report from the Families and Work Institute shows that "workplace flexibility results in increased employee job satisfaction and lower turnover for employers of all sizes and industries."

RIP Windsor Ontario's municipal child care: 1968-2010
http://goo.gl/yANBP
7 Dec 2011
This week's Know Thy History looks at the rise and fall of Windsor Ontario's directly-operated child care. Will the rest of Ontario's public child care become history too?

Welcoming newcomer children: The settlement of young immigrants and refugees
http://goo.gl/N9TL8
6 Dec 2011
New book by Judith A. Colbert "explores [immigrant and refugee] settlement from the perspective of the child" and "offers a new perspective on child settlement".

Divided we stand: Why inequality keeps rising
http://goo.gl/p8mBU
5 Dec 2011
New OECD report analyzes increasing income inequality in member countries; argues that "providing freely accessible and high-quality public services" is critical for fostering equality.

MORE research, policy & practice
http://childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice

2. Child care in the news:
- archive of news articles about early childhood education and child care (ECEC) in Canada and abroad.

Budget Committee Deputations: Day two
http://goo.gl/bkkLz
8 Dec 2011 Ontario

Ford compared to the Grinch by parents in need of child care
http://goo.gl/LrL8D
8 Dec 2011 Ontario

A $2 daily head tax on children
http://goo.gl/XQZMM
8 Dec 2011 Ontario

EU urged to create children's budget
http://goo.gl/nSKUH
7 Dec 2011 Europe

Cuts in social programs hurt women, councillor says
http://goo.gl/gM8gX
7 Dec 2011 Ontario

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http://childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news

December 4, 2011

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- materials include: scholarly research, policy studies and briefs, government and NGO reports

Early childhood education and care: A new direction for European policy cooperation
http://goo.gl/wOB8r
30 Nov 2011
Article from Children in Europe highlights the European Commission's renewed focus on quality in ECEC; argues that "it is becoming increasingly clear that access without quality is of little merit". CRRU greatly appreciates Children in Europe's permission to provide read-only access to this article on our website (it is not otherwise available online).

Social justice indicators in the OECD: How do the member states compare?
http://goo.gl/SzBok
30 Nov 2011
New report offers "comparative assessment of 31 OECD countries with regard to six key dimensions: poverty prevention, equitable access to education, labor market inclusiveness, social cohesion and non-discrimination, health as well as intergenerational justice"; Canada ranks 9th overall.

Competence requirements in early childhood education and care
http://goo.gl/4nw6V
29 Nov 2011
New report by Mathius Urban and Michel Vandenbroeck for the European Commission focuses on professionalism in early childhood education and care; argues that, "what we should be looking for is not just the 'competent practitioner', but the 'competent system'.

Outdoor learning: Practical guidance, ideas and support for teachers and practitioners in Scotland
http://goo.gl/Tp7xt
29 Nov 2011
New curriculum document from Education Scotland provides "practical, accessible and straightforward advice on how to engage children and young people with learning outdoors".

The parent trap: Illustrating the growing cost of childcare
http://goo.gl/Qd2Iw
29 Nov 2011
New report from the Social Market Foundation in London "demonstrates how childcare affordability has deteriorated and will continue to decline in the years ahead".

MORE research, policy & practice
http://childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice

2. Child care in the news:
- archive of news articles about early childhood education and child care (ECEC) in Canada and abroad.

Op Ed: The best way to help children is to take their rights seriously:
Convention adopted by UN in 1989 is misunderstood, but remains relevant

http://goo.gl/igzWI
30 Nov 2011 Canada

Three city-run daycares to close
http://goo.gl/srkhk
30 Nov 2011 Ontario

Daycares form new coalition: Agencies aim to inform parents about impact of board-run daycare
http://goo.gl/uRV1E
30 Nov 2011 Ontario

The rubber gloves are on! March for women's rights amid cuts
http://goo.gl/tB9iI
30 Nov 2011 Europe

Autumn statement 2011: Free nursery education extended to two-year-olds
http://goo.gl/y33tW
30 Nov 2011 Europe

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November 27, 2011

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- materials include: scholarly research, policy studies and briefs, government and NGO reports

Revisting family security in insecure times
23 Nov 2011
Campaign 2000's latest Report Card on child and family poverty in Canada finds 1 in 10 children still lives in poverty; recommendations include "a public system of high-quality early childhood education and child care services that is affordable and available to all children". Presentations from the Report Card launch by Armine Yalnizyan, Thaddeus Hwong and Marvyn Novick also available.

Campaign 2000: Twenty years of fighting for action on child poverty
23 Nov 2011
This week's Know Thy History looks back at the 1989 House of Commons resolution to eliminate child poverty by 2000; follows the continuing advocacy to push for government action.

The annual report of Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Education, Children’s Services and Skills 2010/11
22 Nov 2011
Annual report from Ofsted in England suggests 'that inspection against Early Years Foundation Stage requirements has contributed to an overall increase in quality'; describes persistent gaps in quality between types of care and populations served.

Early years study 3: Making decisions, taking action
22 Nov 2011
Latest early years study 'documents the social, economic and scientific rationale for increased investments in early childhood education'.

Sowing the seeds: Reconnecting London's children with nature
21 Nov 2011
Report commissioned by London Sustainable Development Commission highlights the decline in children's experiences of natural places; 12 recommendations are put forward to address the issue.

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2. Child care in the news:
- archive of news articles about early childhood education and child care (ECEC) in Canada and abroad.

Ottawa lacks plan to fight child poverty, coalition says
23 Nov 2011 Canada

Ofsted figures underline need for improvement
22 Nov 2011 Europe

Start school at 2, study urges
22 Nov 2011 Canada

‘Princess Nancy’ Pelosi calls Cain ‘clueless’; vows to do more for child care
21 Nov 2011 United States

Children growing up 'disconnected from the natural world'
21 Nov 2011 Europe

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November 20, 2011

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- materials include: scholarly research, policy studies and briefs, government and NGO reports

What research says about quality in for-profit, non-profit and public child care
16 Nov 2011
New Briefing Note from CRRU reviews the literature on quality in for-profit, non-profit and public child care.

Roots of big box child care
16 Nov 2011
This week's Know Thy History looks back at a U.S. child care company's move into Canada in 1982.

When families eligible for child care subsidies don't have one: A case study
15 Nov 2011
A new case study from the Centre for Children's Initiatives offers real life examples from families in New York City that highlight the frustrations parents and caregivers face after being eligible for a child care subsidy but not receiving one.

Institutional stickiness and ideational resistance to paradigm change: Canada and early childhood education and care (ECEC) policy
15 Nov 2011
Presentation by Linda White for the Canadian Political Science Association examines the emergence of a new paradigm for ECEC policy in liberal welfare states; examines Canada and 'highlights the institutional and ideational barriers encountered by political actors supportive of new ECEC ideas'.

Toronto First Duty Phase 3: The Bruce WoodGreen case study
15 Nov 2011
Report on phase 3 of Toronto First Duty research project highlights 'that teamwork within an integrated early learning environment requires both program and pedagogical leadership'.

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2. Child care in the news:
- archive of news articles about early childhood education and child care (ECEC) in Canada and abroad.

Education minister defends province’s child-care spending after Mammoliti complaint
17 Nov 2011 Ontario

Why Obama's plan to fix Head Start is not enough
16 Nov 2011 United States

City child care task force asks province for $74.4 million
15 Nov 2011 Ontario

Just who’s looking after your kids?
15 Nov 2011 Canada

Child-care subsidies in demand
14 Nov 2011 Ontario

November 13, 2011

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Gender equality revisited: Changes in Nordic childcare policies in the 2000s
9 Nov 2011
Article by Guðný Björk Eydal and Tine Rostgaard examines how new child care policy goals may challenge the traditional goals of the Nordic welfare states.

Early learning: Lessons from scaling up
9 Nov 2011
Latest issue of Bernard van Leer's Early Childhood Matters looks at ways to 'scale up early learning without sacrificing quality'.

Early childhood education and care: Developing a fully integrated early years system
9 Nov 2011
Special report from Children in Scotland "clarifies the complex education and care divisions for children under 5 in Scotland, and provides practical recommendations for making integrated early years services a reality".

U.S. Department of Education proposes dedicated office for early learning
9 Nov 2011
Press release from U.S. Department of Education announces proposal to create an Office of Early Learning that "will operate as a central resource to ensure that support for high-quality early learning and development programs is coordinated within the Department and across federal agencies".

Almost a national child care program: US, 1971 & Canada, 2006
9 Nov 2011
Know Thy History: Looking Back on Child Care

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For women, the losses are more than financial
9 Nov 2011 Europe

New minister pushes dual daycare: Hybrid model useful for implementing full-day kindergarten: Broten
9 Nov 2011 Ontario

How today's parents got squeezed out
9 Nov 2011 Canada

Kids thrive in 'seamless day of learning'
9 Nov 2011 Ontario

Move toward school board child-care program deserves applause
9 Nov 2011 Ontario

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November 5, 2011

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What's new online this week

Right in principle, right in practice: Implementation of the Convention of the Rights of the Child in Canada
2 Nov 2011
The latest report from the Canadian Coalition for the Rights of Children provides a "comprehensive analysis of Canada's compliance with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child today", and finds that "the public need for quality-assured child care and support for early childhood development is not satisfied by currently available options".

Toronto municipal child care’s long history
2 Nov 2011
This week's Know Thy History: Looking Back on Child Care examines the role of the City of Toronto as an early leader in child care.
Towards the marketization of early childhood education and care? Recent developments in Sweden and the United Kingdom 2 Nov 2011
Article from Nordic Journal of Social Research compares recent ECEC policy developments in Sweden and the United Kingdom; trends towards marketization and universalization are analyzed and "suggest a complex picture of competing policy logics and goals in the restructuring of welfare states".

Education at a glance 2011: OECD indicators
2 Nov 2011
Latest edition of annual Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development report "shows who participates in education, how much is spent on it, and how education systems operate."

Does when you are born matter?
The impact of month of birth on children's cognitive and non-cognitive skills in England

2 Nov 2011
Report from the Institute of Fiscal Studies (UK), launched as part of the Economic and Social Research Council's Festival of Social Science, shows that month of birth may have long term consequences for young people's education and labour market choices.

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- archive of news articles about early childhood education and child care (ECEC) in Canada and abroad.

Toronto daycares on the brink
4 Nov 2011 Ontario

UK and Ireland top European table of for-profit care providers
2 Nov 2011 Europe

Child care for all! Harvard must support student parents
1 Nov 2011 United States

Mayor Rob Ford closes doors to public during child care meeting
1 Nov 2011 Ontario

Swedish dads swap work for child care duties
1 Nov 2011 Europe

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October 30, 2011

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Honouring the children
26 Oct 2011
Report from First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada & KAIROS Canada argues that "the threats to the human rights and flourishing of Indigenous peoples in Canada must not be understated". The report "offers a series of recommendations to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child for consideration on the occasion of Canada’s periodic review".

Official languages: Move forward or lose ground
26 Oct 2011
Annual report from the Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages of New Brunswick claims that if New Brunswick "truly wishes to give children, including Francophone children, every chance of success, it must fully implement the principle of duality in childcare services".

Family is the foundation: Why family support and early childhood education must be a collaborative effort
26 Oct 2011
Report from FRP Canada responds to the "reorganization of early childhood services"; recommends an integrative model that develops "meaningful partnerships between schools, community-based organizations and parents in order to avoid duplication of effort and provide the best possible support to families with young children".

The postmodern curriculum: Making spaces for historically and politically situated understandings
25 Oct 2011
Article by Veronica Pacini-Ketchabaw and Alan Pence examines the challenges of implementing curriculum frameworks influenced by postmodern theories in early childhood education in Canada. The authors suggest that "postmodern curricula/frameworks opens spaces for educators to engage in dialogue with practice...and create new possibilities for early childhood education curriculum itself".

Occupying Toronto for child care
19 Oct 2011
Sign spotted at the Occupy Toronto protest asks for "universal child care, please and thank you".

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- archive of news articles about early childhood education and child care (ECEC) in Canada and abroad.

Tax isn't a four-letter word
26 Oct 2011 Canada

Parents grill school adviser: Disagreement over 'seamless' day of kindergarten
26 Oct 2011 Ontario

Ban bilingual daycares, watchdog urges
26 Oct 2011 New Brunswick

Broken promises
25 Oct 2011 Canada

Why we still need booster shots of feminism
25 Oct 2011 Canada

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October 23, 2011

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- materials include: scholarly research, policy studies and briefs, government and NGO reports

Occupying Toronto for child care
19 Oct 2011
Sign spotted at the Occupy Toronto protest asks for "universal child care, please and thank you".

Does Canada work for all generations?
19 Oct 2011
Report by Paul Kershaw and Lynell Anderson from the Human Early Learning Partnership (UBC) says Canada is not working for all generations; proposes "new deal for families". Provincial family policy reports, national summary report and fact sheet available.

Women's voices: Report from consultations on factors influencing
women's decisions on work-force attachment, including tax and transfers

19 Oct 2011
Report from the Australian Equality Rights Alliance finds that women see the cost and complexity of child care as "the most significant barrier to increased workforce participation".

State child care assistance policies 2011: Reduced support for families in challenging times
19 Oct 2011
US National Women's Law Center's 8th annual review of key child care subsidy policies in all fifty states reveals that "families are not only worse off in 2011 than they were in 2010, but are also worse off than a decade ago."

The early childhood education workforce in Europe:
Between divergencies and emergencies?

19 Oct 2011
Article from the International Journal of Child Care and Education discusses project to map qualification requirements of ECEs across the EU; findings show considerable divergencies across Europe in terms of formal education and training requirements. Similarities in terms of workforce emergencies and challenges also emerged.

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- archive of news articles about early childhood education and child care (ECEC) in Canada and abroad.

America's child death shame
19 Oct 2011 United States

Better childcare comes into play
19 Oct 2011 Australia and New Zealand

Sask. NDP promises to add 10,000 child care spaces by 2015
19 Oct 2011 Saskatchewan

Baby boomers retire rich, young couples with kids stuck in economic squeeze: report
18 Oct 2011 Canada

Young parents squeezed for time and money, report finds
18 Oct 2011 Canada

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October 15, 2011

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What is the future of learning in Canada?
12 Oct 2011
The Canadian Council on Learning's final report says state of early childhood education "illustrates a paradox that runs through each phase of learning in this country: huge discrepancies between what Canadians purport to believe and the actual programs and practices to which they have access. The discrepancies are due to the dysfunctional relationships among governments and the consequent absence of national goals."

Seamless day schools
12 Oct 2011
Video from the Atkinson Centre for Society and Child Development documents a full-day kindergarten classroom in Waterloo, Ontario that features school board operated extended-day programming.

The tragedy of child care in America
12 Oct 2011
Preface of 2009 book by Edward Zigler, Katherine Marshland and Heather Lord available online. Book aims to "serve as a starting point for discussions about how we can remedy the child care problem and better address the needs of both working parents and their children."

An investigation of the career paths of internationally trained early childhood educators transitioning into early learning programs
12 Oct 2011
Report from the Atkinson Centre at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education for the Association of Early Childhood Educators of Ontario examines "the experiences of internationally trained professionals in the ECE Bridging Program (first step in the accreditation process in Ontario for internationally trained educators)".

Locality-based evaluation of Pathways to the Future — Nga Huarahi Arataki
5 Oct 2011
Report for New Zealand's Ministry of Education provides a longitudinal evaluation of effectiveness of the national 2002-2012 strategic plan for ECEC.

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- archive of news articles about early childhood education and child care (ECEC) in Canada and abroad.

'Think like a Beaver': A deal for families
12 Oct 2011 Canada

Cree immersion classes begin at Alexander First Nation
12 Oct 2011 Alberta

Policy creates latch-key kids
12 Oct 2011 Canada

Edleun stock pops as daycare operator plans five acquisitions in B.C., Alta.
12 Oct 2011 Alberta

How Toronto lost its groove
11 Oct 2011 Ontario

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October 9, 2011

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Children in Europe: Empowering children, parents and the workforce? The competency debate
5 Oct 2011
Latest issue of Children in Europe "focuses on competences, from the perspective of all parties - including children. It seeks to present competences not as a set of skills to be measured but as the foundation for universal educator competence that will allow every child a better chance to realise their own potential."

Care and learning together: Case studies
5 Oct 2011
Case studies from UNESCO's Caring and Learning Together project look at five countries - Brazil, Jamaica, New Zealand, Slovenia and Sweden - and one municipality - Ghent in Belgium Flanders - which have chosen to integrate early childhood education and care within the education system.

Locality-based evaluation of Pathways to the Future — Nga Huarahi Arataki
5 Oct 2011
Report for New Zealand's Ministry of Education provides a longitudinal evaluation of effectiveness of the national 2002-2012 strategic plan for ECEC.

Inspiring change: An early childhood education and care study visit to Sweden and Poland
5 Oct 2011
Report from Children in Scotland and the King Baudouin Foundation (Belgium) provides "examples of two very different countries, at very different stages of developing early childhood services".

Better monitoring in sight for the well-being of young children
5 Oct 2011
Press release from UNESCO details a recent meeting of the Interagency Technical Committee to develop the Holistic Early Childhood Development Index (HECDI): a group of international experts who are developing a way to track Member States' progress towards quality early childhood care and education.

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- archive of news articles about early childhood education and child care (ECEC) in Canada and abroad.

Addressing the ‘moral crisis’ of poverty
6 Oct 2011 Newfoundland

For parents on wait lists, daycare is a top election issue
6 Oct 2011 Ontario

Where have all the children gone?
5 Oct 2011 Newfoundland

Think like a beaver: Generation X-It
5 Oct 2011 Canada

Rocking cradle to career with paid family leave
5 Oct 2011 United States

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October 2, 2011

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- materials include: scholarly research, policy studies and briefs, government and NGO reports

Early childhood education and care in the fall 2011 provincial/territorial elections
21 Sep 2011
New ISSUE File from CRRU collects information about how ECEC is being addressed in elections in Newfoundland and Labrador, PEI, Ontario, Manitoba, Northwest Territories, and the Yukon Territory.

The dollars and sense of solving poverty
28 Sep 2011
New report from the National Council on Welfare looks at the high dollar cost of poverty and the long-term investments needed to solve it; says "the importance and cost-effectiveness of quality early learning is one of the most well-documented fields of study."

Child development in developing countries 2
28 Sep 2011
"Four years after The Lancet published a first Series on early child development, the challenge of supporting 200 million children under five years to reach their developmental potential remains. A new Series of two papers and a Comment now documents progress worldwide."

Effectiveness of early educational intervention
28 Sep 2011
Article by W. Steven Barnett in the journal Science examines the effectiveness of early childhood programs designed to offset the impacts of poverty and inadequate learning environments on child development and school success. Full-text available online.

Ontario election 2011 report cards
28 Sep 2011
Report cards from IVoteChildCare and the Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care on the Ontario political parties' commitments to child care.

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- archive of news articles about early childhood education and child care (ECEC) in Canada and abroad.

Call the premier, Doug Ford tells snack-offering kids
28 Sep 2011 Ontario

Thousands call for more public investment in child care in advance of the Ontario election
28 Sep 2011 Ontario

Profit-driven care cannot be child-centred care
28 Sep 2011 Alberta

Investing in childhood: the progress and the pitfalls
28 Sep 2011 Australia and New Zealand

Liberal candidates lobby school board
26 Sep 2011 Ontario

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September 24, 2011

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- materials include: scholarly research, policy studies and briefs, government and NGO reports

Early childhood education and care in the fall 2011 provincial/territorial elections
21 Sep 2011
New ISSUE File from CRRU collects information about how ECEC is being addressed in elections in Newfoundland and Labrador, PEI, Ontario, Manitoba, Northwest Territories, and the Yukon Territory.

City of Toronto core services review: Executive committee recommendations
21 Sep 2011
Recommendations by the City of Toronto Executive Committee includes "call on the provincial and federal government to work together with City staff to develop a strategy to expand the number of child care spaces in Toronto". Child care cuts considered by Executive Committee have been referred back to City Manager for "inclusion in broader service, and organizational studies".

How Canada performs: Income inequality
21 Sep 2011
Two reports from the Conference Board of Canada draw attention to the growing income gap in Canada and internationally. "Unlike most other countries, income inequality has continued to rise in Canada since the mid-1990s, with Canada outpacing the United States."

Income inequality is a problem for everyone
21 Sep 2011
Op-ed on income inequality in the National Post by Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives' Armine Yalnizyan.

Letter to members of the City of Toronto Executive Committee regarding proposed child care cuts
19 Sep 2011
Letter from CRRU's Executive Director Martha Friendly to the City of Toronto Executive Committee suggests that cutting 2,000 child care subsidies "would be wasteful, not an efficiency"; contends that "a cut by attrition is still a cut".

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Montreal daycare firebombed twice in one day
21 Sep 2011 Quebec

Briefing session looks at early childhood education
21 Sep 2011

British Columbia
'Think like a Beaver': Bridging the generational economic divide
21 Sep 2011 Canada

A conversation about Canada working for all generations
21 Sep 2011 Canada

Libraries, child care cuts taken off table by executive committee
21 Sep 2011 Ontario

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September 18, 2011

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Parents and the high cost of child care: 2011 report
14 Sep 2011
Report from US National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies provides the average cost of child care for infants, 4-year-olds, and school-age children in centers and family child care homes across the US; finds the cost of child care continues to increase while families struggle to afford quality care.

Making work pay - The childcare trap
14 Sep 2011
Study from the UK's Daycare Trust and Save the Children reports on a survey of parents about the impact of childcare costs; finds families on low-incomes across the UK are having to turn down jobs or are considering leaving work because they can't afford to pay for childcare.

Taking the pulse: Full day K in British Columbia -- Year one
14 Sep 2011
Report for the BC Principals’ and Vice-Principals’ Association aims to "document the first wave of full-day kindergarten implementation in BC so that insight gained could influence further stages of implementation."

The debate: Confronting poverty
14 Sep 2011
Segment on TVO's The Agenda examining the issue of poverty in the Ontario election features discussion of child care issues. Guests are: Min. Laurel Broten, NDP's Cheri DiNovo, Green candidate Tim Grant and Campaign 2000's Laurel Rothman.

Both/And: Reflections on recent Anglo/Western early childhood curriculum statements
14 Sep 2011
Article from the International Journal of Child Care and Education Policy by Alan Pence and Veronica Pacini-Ketchabaw "identifies innovative work on curriculum undertaken in New Zealand in the 1990s as inspirational for recently developed frameworks in Australia and parts of Canada."

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Cities seek help to meet immigrant demands
14 Sep 2011 Canada

Why parents shouldn't feel guilty if they can't devote time to their toddlers
14 Sep 2011 Europe

Scarborough could see high loss of subsidized child care spaces
14 Sep 2011 Ontario

Full-day kindergarten a necessity; Half-day public school system leads family to enroll daughter in private school
13 Sep 2011 Newfoundland

Teachers’ union slams ‘implementation’ of all-day kindergarten
13 Sep 2011 British Columbia

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September 11, 2011

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Video presentations about the Community Plan
31 Aug 2011
Video presentions by the Coalition of Child Care Advocates of BC & Early Childhood Educators of BC introduce, describe and discuss their Community Plan for a Public System of Integrated Early Care and Learning in BC.

Schools as integrated service hubs for young children and families: Policy implications of the Toronto First Duty project
31 Aug 2011
Article from the International Journal of Child Care and Education Policy by Carl Corter and Janette Pelletier presents findings from Toronto First Duty, a demonstration project designed to test a universal, integrated model for early childhood services.

Premier announces funding for child care in Labrador
31 Aug 2011
The government of Newfoundland is providing $685,000 to support three child care centres in the communities of Labrador City and Wabush.

Child care choices for low-income working families
31 Aug 2011
Research report from the Urban Institute (US) presents the findings from a qualitative study of the child care choices of low-income working families. Study found supply of high quality care was limited; cost and convenience was often determining factor in choice rather than educational or social environment.

On track - Supporting healthy child development and early identification in the early years: A reference guide for professionals in Ontario
31 Aug 2011
Online tool developed by Best Start Resource Centre aims to "provide professionals who work with young children and families with some indicators of healthy child development from birth to 6 years of age".

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Child-care centres to start posting serious occurrence reports
31 Aug 2011 Ontario

The education of Tim Hudak on full-day K
31 Aug 2011 Ontario

Study suggests traditional playgrounds contribute to childhood obesity
31 Aug 2011 Canada

Ontario Liberals promise to double length of teachers college if re-elected
31 Aug 2011 Ontario

Child care costs 'pricing parents out of work'
31 Aug 2011 Europe

MORE child care in the news

August 28, 2011

What's new online this week:

1. Research, policy & practice
- materials include: scholarly research, policy studies and briefs, government and NGO reports

CRRU mourns the loss of Jack Layton
22 Aug 2011
We at the Childcare Resource and Research Unit join all Canadians in mourning the death of Jack Layton. Our hearts go out to our friend Olivia Chow and members of their family. This is a terribly sad time for the New Democratic Party and - most of all - for Canadian democracy. We take heart in the words from Jack's final letter to Canadians, "Love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we’ll change the world."

Social investment policies in Canada, Australia, Japan, and South Korea
24 Aug 2011
Article by Ito Peng in the International Journal of Child Care and Education Policy "compares the social investment policy reforms that have been introduced by the two Anglo-Saxon liberal welfare regimes of Canada and Australia and the two East Asian welfare regimes of Japan and South Korea since the 1990s.
[ NOTE: Full-text of all articles from this journal are now accessible online without subscription. ]

Quality and early childhood education and care: A policy initiative for the 21st century
24 Aug 2011
Article by Karin Ishimine, Collette Tayler and John Bennett in the International Journal of Child Care and Education Policy asks "What should be measured to identify quality in ECEC settings? What should a quality directed ECEC policy emphasize?" NOTE: Full-text of all articles from this journal are now accessible online without subscription.

Open all hours? Flexible childcare in the 24/7 era
24 Aug 2011
Report from the Daycare Trust (UK) "assesses the demand for atypical hours childcare at different times and investigates the reasons for the difficulties faced by parents". The report proposes ideas to improve accessibility.

Child-care subsidy rates adjusted for full-day K 24
Aug 2011
"To align with the implementation of full-day kindergarten this fall and ensure consistency for all school-aged children", BC's Ministry of Children and Family Development is adjusting child care subsidy rates.

MORE research, policy & practice

2. Child care in the news:
- archive of news articles about early childhood education and child care (ECEC) in Canada and abroad.

Premier announces funding for child care in Labrador
24 Aug 2011
Newfoundland and Labrador

Kindergarten classes squeezed for space
24 Aug 2011
Ontario

Child care subsidy changes
24 Aug 2011
British Columbia
Despite weak economy child care costs continue to rise
24 Aug 2011
United States

Boards defend kindergarten space
24 Aug 2011
Ontario

MORE Child care in the news

August 20, 2011

What's new online this week:

Research, policy & practice
- materials include: scholarly research, policy studies and briefs, government and NGO reports

Policy rationales for early childhood services
17 Aug 2011
Article by Helen Penn in the International Journal of Child Care and Education Policy "explores the rationales and the research paradigms that countries have used to underpin policies on ECEC services and to justify expenditure on them". NOTE: Full-text of all articles from this journal are now accessible online without subscription.

Economic impacts of early care and education in California
17 Aug 2011
Study from University of California, Berkeley's Center for Labor Research and Education discusses the range of economic benefits that the ECE industry brings to California.

Invest more in children: Submission to the Federal Pre-Budget 2012 Consultation
17 Aug 2011
Brief from First Call: BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition recommends the federal government "place a high priority on increasing Canada's annual investments in early childhood care and learning from our current 0.25% of GDP to the recommended UNICEF benchmark of 1% of GDP."

Childcare advocates to cabinet ministers: Tips on families, finances and federalism
11 Aug 2011
Press release from Code Blue for Child Care says parents and early childhood educators are challenging Conservative cabinet ministers' statements marking the fifth anniversary of the Universal Child Care Benefit.

Premiers focus on families
10 Aug 2011
Press release from the Council of the Federation summer meeting of premiers says "making quality and accessible child care both affordable and available is critical".

MORE research, policy & practice

Child care in the news:
- archive of news articles about early childhood education and child care (ECEC) in Canada and abroad.

'Big box' daycare setting up in Maple Ridge 17
Aug 2011 British Columbia

Corporations' corrosive curriculum
17 Aug 2011 Canada

The education of Marcus Bachman
17 Aug 2011 United States

Cameron breaks his Sure Start promise
17 Aug 2011 Europe

All-kindergarten school promises to relieve jammed Thorncliffe Park
17 Aug 2011 Ontario

MORE Child care in the news

August 7, 2011

What's new online this week:

Research, policy & practice
- materials include: scholarly research, policy studies and briefs, government and NGO reports

CUPE calls for continued federal support of sector councils
3 Aug 2011

Pregnancy at work: A national survey
3 Aug 2011

State of America’s children
3 Aug 2011

Child care matters: Building economic security for low income women
3 Aug 2011

You oughta know: Canada’s income gap, the richest 20% vs the poorest 20%
3 Aug 2011

MORE research, policy & practice

Child care in the news:
- archive of news articles about early childhood education and child care (ECEC) in Canada and abroad.

Lack of education must be tackled
3 Aug 2011 British Columbia

Shutdown in Minnesota ripples out to day care
3 Aug 2011 United States

Do we care that Canada is an unequal society?
3 Aug 2011 Canada

The state of America’s children
3 Aug 2011 United States

ABC Learning director to stand trial
3 Aug 2011 Australia and New Zealand

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July 31, 2011

What's new online this week:

Research, policy & practice
- materials include: scholarly research, policy studies and briefs, government and NGO reports

Maternal employment and child socio-emotional behaviour in the UK: longitudinal evidence from the UK Millennium Cohort Study
27 Jul 2011
Research published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health finds there is "no evidence of detrimental effects of maternal employment in the early years on subsequent child socio-emotional behaviour"

City of Toronto Standing Committee on Community Development and Recreation meeting
July 20, 2011 27 Jul 2011
Minutes and video of proceedings from the recent CDR committee meeting to consider the Core Services Review; several excellent deputations on child care.

No small matter: The impact of poverty, shocks and human capital investments in early childhood development
27 Jul 2011
Publication from the World Bank argues that "investing in children is both the right thing to do and the smart thing to do because it addresses both rights and economic prospects".

If I had a magic wand: Young children's visions and ideas for early care and education services
27 Jul 2011
Publication from Start Strong (Ireland)-- part of their Children 2020 project -- presents children's own visions and ideas of what their early care and education should be like.

Quality of early childhood development programs in global contexts: Rationale for investment, conceptual framework and implications for equity
20 Jul 2011
Recent Social Policy Report from the Society for Research in Child Development "presents a conceptualization of quality across settings and systems and identifies implications for policymakers, practitioners, and researchers on how they can work together to measure, improve and sustain program quality."

MORE research, policy & practice

Child care in the news:
- archive of news articles about early childhood education and child care (ECEC) in Canada and abroad.

Parents voice overwhelming support for more men in childcare
27 Jul 2011 Europe

Nunavik childcare centres develop new assessment tool
27 Jul 2011 Quebec

Supreme Court of Canada to rule on special needs in B.C's public schools
27 Jul 2011 British Columbia

Working mothers do no harm to their young children, research finds
27 Jul 2011 Europe

Liberté, Égalité, Fertilité
27 Jul 2011 Europe

MORE Child care in the news

July 24, 2011

What's new online this week:

Research, policy & practice
- materials include: scholarly research, policy studies and briefs, government and NGO reports

Making Space: Architecture and design for children and young people
20 Jul 2011
New publication from Children in Scotland expands on the Making Spaces 2010 international conference and architecture competition; "showcases examples of spaces across the world that will enhance the lives of the children, young people and communities using them."

A flying start? Maternity leave benefits and long run outcomes of children
20 Jul 2011
Discussion paper from the Institute for the Study of Labor looks at the impact of increasing maternity leave in Norway in 1977; found decrease in school dropouts and increase in wages amongst both mothers and now grown children.

Quality of early childhood development programs in global contexts:
Rationale for investment, conceptual framework and implications for equity

20 Jul 2011
Recent Social Policy Report from the Society for Research in Child Development "presents a conceptualization of quality across settings and systems and identifies implications for policymakers, practitioners, and researchers on how they can work together to measure, improve and sustain program quality."

Acrimony on acronyms
20 Jul 2011
Commentary from the Caledon Institute of Social Policy argues that the ubiquitous use of acronyms in social policy often makes it difficult to understand major arguments being presented for or against certain policy changes.

Documents from the City of Toronto Core Services Review
for the Standing Committee on Community Development and Recreation

13 Jul 2011
Consulting firm's report to the City of Toronto recommends cutting 2,000 child care subsidies, privatizing directly operated child care centres and eliminating quality assessments.

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Child care in the news:
- archive of news articles about early childhood education and child care (ECEC) in Canada and abroad.

Federal funds vital to social health
21 Jul 2011 Canada

Why giving standardized tests to young children is 'really dumb'
20 Jul 2011 United States

Groves 'skirted board at ABC' 20
Jul 2011 Australia and New Zealand

ABC Learning paid double market price
20 Jul 2011 Australia and New Zealand

Latest OECD figures confirm Canada as a public health laggard
20 Jul 2011 Canada

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July 9, 2011

What's new online this week:

Research, policy & practice
- materials include: scholarly research, policy studies and briefs, government and NGO reports

Progress of the world's women 2011-2012: In pursuit of justice
6 Jul 2011
First major report from UN Women (the United Nations' new organization for gender equality) calls on governments to "take urgent action to end the injustices that keep women poorer and less powerful than men in every country in the world."

Changing families, new understandings
6 Jul 2011
Report from Vanier Institute of the Family by Dr. Meg Luxton "explores key debates about the roles and responsibilities of families in Canada today".

Breaking down barriers: Making work pay for families of disabled children
6 Jul 2011
Report from the UK's Family Fund sets out the findings of a survey of families of children with disabilities; finds high cost and lack of inclusive child care settings prevent families of children with disabilities from partaking in employment.

Digging deeper: What the Yearbook has to say about access, quality and funding
6 Jul 2011
Three part series on the National Institute for Early Education Research's blog looks at three key issues addressed in their annual State Preschool Yearbook.

Professional development needs of directors leading in a mixed service delivery preschool system
6 Jul 2011
Article from Early Childhood Research & Practice reports on an interview study with directors of Head Start and child care programs who are collaborating with local education authorities to provide publicly funded preschool in New Jersey.

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Child care in the news:
- archive of news articles about early childhood education and child care (ECEC) in Canada and abroad.

Institute 'daddy leave'
6 Jul 2011 United States

Parents set to benefit from changes to free childcare
6 Jul 2011 Europe

Child carers call for gradual reform
6 Jul 2011 Australia and New Zealand

EYFS review: 'Slimmed down' EYFS and payment by results for Sure Start children's centres
6 Jul 2011 Europe

Government urged to remove barriers to work for parents of disabled children
6 Jul 2011 Europe

MORE Child care in the news

July 2, 2011

What's new online this week:

Research, policy & practice
- materials include: scholarly research, policy studies and briefs, government and NGO reports

Early education economic forum
29 Jun 2011
Video and slides available from recent Atkinson Centre forum; presentations by Pierre Fortin and Robert Fairholm, panel discussion moderated by Dr. Lars Osberg.

Mentoring Pairs for Child Care Project: Final outcome report
29 Jun 2011
Final report from an Ontario-wide project by the Early Childhood Community Development Centre that aims to enhance child care quality by matching up more and less experienced child care supervisors.

Birthdate and student achievement: The effects of school grouping practices in British Columbia
29 Jun 2011
Report examines the effects of single cut-off date for kindergarten admission and one-year age grouping practices on student learning in British Columbia schools.

Annual report on Ontario's publicly funded schools 2011
29 Jun 2011
Report from People for Education includes a section addressing Early Years Education & Care; recommends that Ontario "enact regulations so that only school boards, municipalities and not-for-profit agencies are permitted to operate extended day programs in schools".

Improving public financing for early learning programs
29 Jun 2011
Policy brief from the US National Institute for Early Education Research "reviews sources and models of public financing of early care and education and makes recommendations for improving upon what currently exists so as to remove barriers to increasing program access and quality".

MORE research, policy & practice

Child care in the news:
- archive of news articles about early childhood education and child care (ECEC) in Canada and abroad.

Almost 20,000 Toronto tots waiting for child care subsidies
29 Jun 2011 Ontario

Is your kid ready to start? Youngest in class more likely to have problems keeping up with the curriculum
29 Jun 2011 Canada

Full assessment of kindergarten students promised for fall 2012
29 Jun 2011 British Columbia

Pregnant? Wait till the boss hears
29 Jun 2011 Europe

Take-A-Break cuts threaten occasional childcare
29 Jun 2011 Australia and New Zealand

MORE Child care in the news

June 26, 2011

What's new online this week:

Research, policy & practice
- materials include: scholarly research, policy studies and briefs, government and NGO reports

Early childhood education and care in Toronto: Funding the future
22 Jun 2011
Paper by CRRU Executive Director Martha Friendly for the City of Toronto provides background research on child care funding models, reviews current ECEC funding arrangements and makes recommendations to both the provincial and municipal governments.

Early education economic forum
24 Jun 2011
Video and slides available from recent Atkinson Centre forum; presentations by Pierre Fortin and Robert Fairholm, panel discussion moderated by Dr. Lars Osberg.

Is universal child care leveling the playing field? Evidence from non-linear difference-in-differences
22 Jun 2011
Discussion paper from the Institute for the Study of Labor describes a study that investigated "how the introduction of large-scale, publicly subsidized child care in Norway affected the earnings distribution of exposed children as adults".

"I should have applied before I was pregnant": How child care in Toronto fails mothers
22 Jun 2011
Report from the Mothers' Task Force on Child Care presents the findings from a community consultation and survey of mothers on what works and what doesn't in child care in Toronto.

Council conclusions on early childhood education and care: Providing all our children with the best start for the world of tomorrow
22 Jun 2011
Document adopted by the Council of the European Union calls on Member States to "analyse and evaluate existing ECEC services at local, regional and national level in terms of their availability, affordability and quality".

Child care in the news:
- archive of news articles about early childhood education and child care (ECEC) in Canada and abroad.

Mothers demand more affordable child care
22 Jun 2011
Ontario

Quebec's child care scheme pays for itself : economist
22 Jun 2011
Quebec

Governments are failing families
22 Jun 2011
Canada

The difference a day makes
22 Jun 2011
British Columbia

More early education suggested
22 Jun 2011
International

June 19, 2011

What's new online this week:

Research, policy & practice
- materials include: scholarly research, policy studies and briefs, government and NGO reports

"I should have applied before I was pregnant": How child care in Toronto fails mothers
17 Jun 2011
Report from the Mothers' Task Force on Child Care presents the findings from a community consultation and survey of mothers on what works and what doesn't in child care in Toronto.

Children with special educational needs in early childhood
15 Jun 2011
Concept paper by Ryerson University's Kathryn Underwood and Rachel Langford for the Atkinson Centre Early Years Task Force.

Early learning in Ontario: From policy to implementation
15 Jun 2011
Presentations and posters from the Atkinson/GBC Summer Institute 2011 held on June 1st. Video coming soon.

An agenda for amazing children: Final report of the ECE Taskforce
15 Jun 2011
Report from New Zealand by a government-appointed taskforce presents 65 recommendations for reforming the ECEC system, including reinstating funding previously scrapped by the national government.

Staff preparation, reward, and support: Are quality rating and improvement systems including all of the key ingredients necessary for change?
15 Jun 2011
Report from the Center for the Study of Child Care Employment (University of California at Berkeley) examines the extent to which quality improvement schemes support practitioners.

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Child care in the news:
- archive of news articles about early childhood education and child care (ECEC) in Canada and abroad.

Toronto mothers cry out for child care
17 Jun 2011 Ontario

Alberta struggles with all-day kindergarten
15 Jun 2011 Alberta

Kindergarten pilot only preliminary
15 Jun 2011 Canada

Nordic childcare model best for economic and social wellbeing
15 Jun 2011 Europe

Swedish childcare system is hardly a utopian model
15 Jun 2011 Europe

June 11, 2011

What's new online this week:

Research, policy & practice
- materials include: scholarly research, policy studies and briefs, government and NGO reports

Federal budget June 2011 and responses
8 Jun 2011
CRRU has gathered links to the June 6th federal budget documents as well as a selection of responses from child care, social policy and labour groups.

Materials from the 2011 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences
8 Jun 2011
Annual conference organized by the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences featured a number of presentations of new research relevant to the early childhood education and care community.

Building a fairer future: The role of social policy
8 Jun 2011
OECD Ministrial meeting and policy forum on social policy featured a session discussing "enhancing the well-being of children, promoting gender equality in employment, and innovative approaches to improve service delivery for vulnerable families."

Tax, time and territory: The development of early childhood education and child care in Canada and Great Britain
8 Jun 2011
University of Toronto PhD dissertation by Luc Turgeon examines the evolution of Britain's and Canada's ECEC sectors, drawing on both extensive archival research and on interviews with policy-makers and ECEC activists.

When is $500 not $500?
8 Jun 2011
Commentary from the Caledon Institute of Social Policy explains how tax credits are often worth less than they appear. Non-refundable credits are also of limited value to households with low or no income and do little to alleviate poverty.

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Child care in the news:
- archive of news articles about early childhood education and child care (ECEC) in Canada and abroad.

Having fun and playing makes kids smarter
8 Jun 2011
Ontario

It's child's play for men
8 Jun 2011
Europe

Too much kindergarten not fun for all
8 Jun 2011
Ontario

Exercise made mandatory in child care centres
8 Jun 2011
Manitoba

Fly-by-night daycare caterer shuts down after province-wide alert issued
8 Jun 2011
Ontario

June 4, 2011

What's new online this week:

Occupational standards checklists
1 Jun 2011
New tool from the Child Care Human Resources Sector Council "uses a checklist format that allows ECEs and administrators to evaluate themselves on their job tasks and reflect on their skills, knowledge and abilities".

On the teeter-totter: The challenges and opportunities for licensed child care in rural, northern, and remote Ontario
1 Jun 2011
Report from the Ontario Municipal Social Services Association examines the challenges facing Ontario's rural, northern, and remote child care and provides a series of solutions to strengthen licensed child care and to help families and communities.

Children’s right to play: An examination of the importance of play in the lives of children worldwide
1 Jun 2011
Working paper from the Bernard van Leer Foundation discusses why play is fundamental to the health and well-being of children; argues that both state signatories to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and adults generally should take seriously the importance of children's play.

Effects of full-day kindergarten on academic achievement and social development
1 Jun 2011
Article from the Review of Educational Research examine the research evidence on the impact of full-day kindergarten compared to half-day kindergarten (HDK) on the academic, social, and personal development of children.

The war on women: Gender-based citizenship rights and the Conservative Party of Canada
1 Jun 2011
Paper presented at the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences seeks to map out the erosion of gender-based citizenship rights in Canada since 2006.

Child care in the news:

Column on child care highlighted risks
1 Jun 2011 Canada

Income-splitting helps only wealthy families
1 Jun 2011 Canada

Big box babysitting: Corporate child care is not the solution
1 Jun 2011 New Brunswick

Women's rights have declined under Harper - researcher
1 Jun 2011 Canada

Hudak will derail all-day kindergarten despite promise, McGuinty claims
1 Jun 2011 Ontario

May 7, 2011

What's new online:
[This section archives documents that
have been featured on the CRRU homepage..]

Toronto mothers launch Task Force on Child Care
6 May 11
- Task Force being launched this Mother's Day will hold hearings and discussions across Toronto to gather information from parents about their child care challenges.

Nova Scotia: New day care regulations
4 May 11
- The government of Nova Scotia has developed new child care regulations that include changes to food and nutrition, building and space requirements and staff training.

State of the world's mothers: Champions for children
4 May 11
- Save the Children's twelfth annual Mothers' Index compares the well-being of mothers and children in 164 countries. Canada ranks 20th of 43 developed countries.

Joining the dots: A better start for Scotland's children
4 May 11
- Report by Professor Susan Deacon for the Scottish government on how to "renew the national effort on children's early years".

child care in the news
[This section features interesting and noteworthy
news about ECEC and related issues in Canada and internationally.]

· Maternal and child services needed in north, says study
[CA] 4 May 11

· Childcare must be protected not cut
[GB] 3 May 11

· Edleun completes acquisition of two child care centres
[CA] 2 May 11

· A real, unnecessary crisis for families
[US] 2 May 11

· New regulations to allow for healthy eating choices at child care facilities
[CA-NS] 28 Apr 11

· Kindergarten split classes will 'shortchange' students
[CA-ON] 25 Apr 11

· Childcare groups warn against means-testing
[AU] 18 Apr 11

April 30, 2011

What's new online:
[This section archives documents that
have been featured on the CRRU homepage..]

Why I'm voting for child care
29 Apr 11
- Activist and mother Vicky Smallman discusses her child care struggles; invites Canadians to vote for good child care May 2nd.

Addressing child and family poverty in Canada: Where do the parties stand?
29 Apr 11
- Campaign 2000 assesses the federal parties' records and promises on child poverty.

Does not play well with others
28 Apr 11
- Post from CCPA's election blog offers a letter from child care staff to the Harper family regarding Stephen.

Newfoundland and Labrador Budget 2011: Standing strong
28 Apr 11
- Newfoundland government promises "two-year pilot project focused on the development of child care spaces in family homes".

Funding for 25 new child care centres raises family choices. Commitment to 54 new centres over five years
27 Apr 11
- Manitoba budget includes $21.3 million for child-care centres including 46 capital projects; promises 2,100 newly funded spaces.

child care in the news
[This section features interesting and noteworthy
news about ECEC and related issues in Canada and internationally.]

· Put children first
[CA] 29 Apr 11

· When you vote, keep our children in mind
[CA] 28 Apr 11

· OurVote.ca: Code Blue -- Build child care
[CA] 27 Apr 11

· Porter: Why child care is a big election issue
[CA] 27 Apr 11

· Child care takes centre stage
[CA] 27 Apr 11

· Standing behind a failing system
[CA-NL] 27 Apr 11

· Time to put children first
[CA] 26 Apr 11

· NDP push: Jack Layton answers questions
[CA] 26 Apr 11

· Mixed reaction to child care plan
[CA-NL] 20 Apr 11

· Daycares question new funding
[CA-MB] 14 Apr 11

April 25, 2011

What's new online:
[This section archives documents that
have been featured on the CRRU homepage..]

Child care report card: Harper's score 'unsatisfactory'
20 Apr 11
- Code Blue for Child Care has released a report card grading the Canada-wide parties' child care election promises.

Federal election 2011: Women's equality
20 Apr 11
- CUPE fact sheet reviews the federal government's record on women's issues, provides statistics on the status of Canadian women and proposes ideas on how to do better.

Community plan for a public system of integrated early care and learning
20 Apr 11
- Plan developed by the Coalition of Child Care Advocates BC and Early Childhood Educators BC offers "provides a framework for significant and lasting system change in British Columbia"

Maternity and parental leave
20 Apr 11
- Latest fact sheet from Vanier Institute of the Family's "Fascinating Families" series examines Canada and Quebec's maternity and parental leave programs including a side by side comparison.

Private companies in public schools?
15 Apr 11
- CUPE Ontario urges provincial government to hold province wide consultations on proposed Education Act amendment to allow third party providers to deliver extended ELP and after school care.

child care in the news
[This section features interesting and noteworthy
news about ECEC and related issues in Canada and internationally.]

· National child care program needed
[CA] 20 Apr 11

· Youth Nation question of the day: Do you support the creation of a national strategy for childcare?
20 Apr 11

· We need a child care plan that covers the real costs
[CA] 15 Apr 11

· Parents seek mandatory accreditation for Calgary day cares
[CA-AB] 11 Apr 11

· Time is right for a national child care plan
[CA] 10 Apr 11

April 16, 2011

What's new online:
[This section archives documents that
have been featured on the CRRU homepage..]

Private companies in public schools?
15 Apr 11
- CUPE Ontario urges provincial government to hold province wide consultations on proposed Education Act amendment to allow third party providers to deliver extended ELP and after school care.

Federal election 2011: What do the party platforms say?
13 Apr 11
- CRRU has gathered links to the parties' election platforms and highlighted excerpts from their ECEC platforms or related family policies where included.

Code Blue for Child Care
13 Apr 11
- New website from Code Blue for Child Care campaigning for political parties to make child care a central issue in the federal election.

Federal election 2011: Early childhood education and care
13 Apr 11
- Fact sheet from the Canadian Union of Public Employees reviews the Conservative government's record on ECEC and provides a plan for how the federal government could build a child care system.

Early learning/kindergarten programs and Ministry/ Department integration of education and child care in Canada
13 Apr 11
- A summary of early learning/kindergarten programs by jurisdiction and a description of the state of integration of Education and Child Care under provincial/territorial ministhttp://action.web.ca/home/crru/rsrcs_crru_full.shtml?x=131117ries or departments.

Young children in cities: Challenges and opportunities
13 Apr 11
- This edition of the Bernard van Leer Foundation's Early Childhood Matters series looks at young children's experiences of growing up in urban settings.

child care in the news
[This section features interesting and noteworthy
news about ECEC and related issues in Canada and internationally.]

· Sault federal election candidates discuss childcare
[CA] 13 Apr 11

· Trustee urges public board to stay out of child care
[CA-ON] 13 Apr 11

· A moving target: federal parties aim for the family
[CA] 13 Apr 11

· Struggling NBers see hope in parties' pledges
[CA-NB] 12 Apr 11

· Lapses in childcare are unacceptable
[AU] 11 Apr 11

· The foundation is finally ready to build national child care
[CA] 7 Apr 11

· Mothers take Sure Start cuts fight to Downing Street
[UK] 3 Apr 11

April 9, 2011

What's new online:
[This section archives documents that
have been featured on the CRRU homepage..]

Code Blue for Child Care
6 Apr 11
- New website from Code Blue for Child Care campaigning for political parties to make child care a central issue in the federal election.

Children in Europe: Europe's youngest citizens
6 Apr 11
- A must have -ECEC publication, Children in Europe. Just released- Services and Leave Provisions for 0-3s.

Bill 173, Better tomorrow for Ontario Act (budget measures), 2011
6 Apr 11
- Budget bill from the Minister of Finance, Ontario, including amendments to the Education Act permitting the operation of afterschool programs by third parties.

Michael Ignatieff unveils new Liberal Platform, featuring the 'Liberal family pack'
6 Apr 11
- 2011 federal election- Liberals announce the Family Pack including funding to create new affordable child care spaces across Canada.

It's time for the Federal Government to do its part
6 Apr 11
- Video coverage of community forum addressing how to reduce poverty in Canada.

Early childhood education and care: Providing all our children with the best start for the world tomorrow
6 Apr 11
- Report from the European Commission launching cooperation among member states to provide access to all and raise the quality of ECEC provision.

child care in the news
[This section features interesting and noteworthy
news about ECEC and related issues in Canada and internationally.]

· The foundation is finally ready to build national child care
[CA] 7 Apr 11

· Kids deserve Liberals' daycare promise
[CA-AB] 6 Apr 11

· WA rejects 'culturally correct' child care
[AUS] 5 Apr 11

· Conservatives and Liberals agree...this family sure looks Canadian
[CA] 5 Apr 11

· Political suitors woo Toronto, but promise... nothing
[CA-ON] 5 Apr 11

· Families could lose up to L2,500 in tax credit cuts from today
[UK] 4 Apr 11

· NSW childcare job crisis
[AUS] 3 Apr 11

April 2, 2011

What's new online:
[This section archives documents that
have been featured on the CRRU homepage..]

Michael Ignatieff announces Early Childhood Learning and Care Fund
1 Apr 11
- Liberal Party proposes a child care plan "starting at a $500-million investment in the first year, rising to $1 billion annually by the fourth year."

Childcare program puts families before jails and jets
1 Apr 11
- Press release from Code Blue for Child Care praises the recent Liberal campaign promise on child care.

Income splitting proposal in the 2011 federal election
30 Mar 11
- CRRU has gathered media coverage of the recent Conservative proposal of income splitting, as well as reports and analysis of the issue.

Pathways to early childhood education credentialing in Canada
30 Mar 11
- Report from CCHRSC documenting requirements and processes for ECE credential recognition in each province/territory.

2011 Ontario budget
30 Mar 11
- 2011 Ontario budget. Highlights include 200 additional schools offering full day learning in September 2011.

child care in the news
[This section features interesting and noteworthy
news about ECEC and related issues in Canada and internationally.]

· Tories' income splitting another nail in tax coffin
[CA] 1 Apr 11

· Kids stuff
[CA] 1 Apr 11

· Grit child care plan lauded
[CA] 1 Apr 11

· Ignatieff pitches $500M a year for child care
[CA] 31 Mar 11

· Liberals promise $500M daycare funding plan
[CA] 31 Mar 11

· Election and families
[CA] 30 Mar 11

· Daycare series: Do you know where your children are?
[CA-BC] 6 Mar 11

March 27, 2011

What's new online:
[This section archives documents that
have been featured on the CRRU homepage..]

Federal budget 2011 and responses
23 Mar 11
- CRRU has gathered budget documents, NGO responses and media coverage of the recent federal budget.

Newfoundland and Labrador Speech from the Throne
23 Mar 11
- Newfoundland government Speech from the Throne says upcoming budget will "announce a significant initiative in child care, with a focus on infant care".

The Investigating Quality Project: Innovative approaches in early childhood
23 Mar 11
- Chapter by Veronica Pacini-Ketchabaw and Alan Pence from the forthcoming book "New directions in early childhood education and care in Canada".

Low fertility in Canada: The Nordic model in Quebec and the U.S. model in Alberta
23 Mar 11
- Article from Canadian Studies in Population explores how and why "fertility is rising most in Alberta and Quebec, that is in provinces where young families have had the security of either good job opportunities or supportive social policy."

child care in the news
[This section features interesting and noteworthy
news about ECEC and related issues in Canada and internationally.]

· Federal budget ignores child care yet again
[CA] 23 Mar 11

· Here's what putting family first entails
[CA-BC] 21 Mar 11

· Outsourcing threatens benefits of full-day learning
[CA] 21 Mar 11

· Childcare changes would cost parents - Govt
[NZ] 21 Mar 11

· Childcare worker shortage looms
[AU] 21 Mar 11

· Mothers march for Sure Start
[GB] 18 Mar 11

· Daycare, education get cash in 2011-12 Quebec budget
[CA-QB] 17 Mar 11

March 20, 2011

What's new online:
[This section archives documents that
have been featured on the CRRU homepage..]

Fundamental questions about early childhood education and care in Canada: Why do we do what we do? How can we do better?
16 Mar 11
- Article by Martha Friendly for the Manitoba Child Care Association's "Child Care Bridges" magazine reflects on how Canada's political ideas and structures have limited our development of a national ECEC program.

Laying the table. Recommendations for national food and nutrition guidance for early years settings in England
16 Mar 11
- British report by the national Advisory Panel on Food and Nutrition in Early Years calls for child care menu guidelines to promote healthy lifestyles.

Rethink, rebuild, renew. A post-recession recovery plan
16 Mar 11
- Alternative Federal Budget 2011 from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives calls for a national system of ECEC with public plans, public expansion, public funding, and public reporting.

Evaluating the effectiveness of Tennessee's voluntary pre-K program: Initial results
16 Mar 11
- Study from Vanderbilt University finds "children who attended pre-K gained an average of 82 percent more on early literacy and math skills than comparable children who did not attend"

child care in the news
[This section features interesting and noteworthy
news about ECEC and related issues in Canada and internationally.]

· Childcare promise 'impossible'
[AU] 17 Mar 11

· Need help? Don't look to Ottawa
[CA] 16 Mar 11

· Childcare failing on hygiene, safety
[AU] 15 Mar 11

· Wages only just cover child care fees
[AU] 15 Mar 11

· Think-tank says government priorities wrong
[CA] 15 Mar 11

· YWCA presses Ottawa to create national child care program
[CA] 14 Mar 11

· 12M Pounds boost for Northern Ireland childcare welcomed
11 Mar 11

· On-campus flash mob rallies in support of a national child care system
[CA-ON] 10 Mar 11

· Saskatchewan worst province in Canada for child care availability
[CA-SK] 7 Mar 11

· Call for nursery menu guidelines to promote healthy lifestyles
[UK] 4 Mar 11

March 12, 2011

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have been featured on the CRRU homepage..]

Reality check: Women in Canada and the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action -- Fifteen years on
9 Mar 11
- Report from the Canadian Labour Congress and FAFIA says there has been a systematic erosion of the human rights of women and girls in Canada. Once ranked 7th in the world for closing the gender gap, Canada is now ranked 73rd.

Coalition calls for investment in child care and women's equality in federal budget
9 Mar 11
- Media release from the Ad Hoc Coalition for Women's Equality and Human Rights calls on the federal government to take women into account in its upcoming federal budget.

Educated, employed and equal: The economic prosperity case for national child care
7 Mar 11
- Report from YWCA Canada says "Canada needs early learning and child care services, not a social policy gap that is decades behind reality".

A tale of two Canadas: Implementing rights in early childhood
7 Mar 11
- Report from the Child Care Advocacy Association of Canada explores how Canada is doing at protecting the rights of young children and to what extent public policy in Canada recognizes the social and economic changes and challenges facing families today.

Presentations from "Early childhood policy, provisions and practice: Critical questions about care and education. A symposium"
2 Mar 11
- PowerPoints are now available from a recent symposium at Ryerson University. Presentations by Peter Moss, Martha Friendly and Kathleen Flanagan now online; more to follow.

child care in the news
[This section features interesting and noteworthy
news about ECEC and related issues in Canada and internationally.]

· On-campus flash mob rallies in support of a national child care system
10 Mar 11

· Activists, parents rally for Canadian National Child Care System
[CA-ON] 9 Mar 11

· Young women: They're angry and unafraid
[GB] 8 Mar 11

· Childcare 'patchwork' not enough: YWCA
[CA] 7 Mar 11

· Fate of all-day kindergarten in hands of Ontario voters
[CA-ON] 7 Mar 11

· Canada will suffer without national childcare plan: report
[CA] 7 Mar 11

· Saskatchewan worst province in Canada for child care availability
[CA-SK] 7 Mar 11

· Lack of child care costing Canada: report
[CA] 6 Mar 11

· Feminism's many successes don't mean the job is yet done
5 Mar 11

· Women's contributions in unpaid work unrecognized: study
4 Mar 11

· Global women's voices: Messages for UN Women
2 Mar 11

· Canadian women's rights in decline, report says
23 Feb 11

March 6, 2011

What's new online:
[This section archives documents that
have been featured on the CRRU homepage..]

Presentations from "Early childhood policy, provisions and practice: Critical questions about care and education. A symposium"
2 Mar 11
- PowerPoints are now available from a recent symposium at Ryerson University. Presentations by Peter Moss, Martha Friendly and Kathleen Flanagan now online; more to follow.

Valuing the community voice: The coordination and integration of Aboriginal early childhood development programs
2 Mar 11
- Report for the BC Aboriginal Child Care Society gathers the voices of front-line workers describing what works and what does not work in programs in their communities; provides recommendations for change.

Developing culturally focused Aboriginal early childhood education programs: A handbook
2 Mar 11
- The BC Aboriginal Child Care Society's guide to integrating First Nations culture into early childhood programs provides both a theoretical framework and practical ideas.

Effects of child care responsibilities on women's income and career
2 Mar 11
- Austrian study finds that having one or more children appears to have a clearly negative impact on mothers in terms of their income, labour market integration and career.

child care in the news
[This section features interesting and noteworthy
news about ECEC and related issues in Canada and internationally.]

· 900 more Ontario schools to offer full-day kindergarten in 2012: McGuinty
[CA-ON] 2 Mar 11

· Childcare centre fined over young wanderer
[AU] 1 Mar 11

· Advocates urged daycare funding increase in Windsor and Essex County
[CA-ON] 1 Mar 11

· Childcare costs are a labour of love
[AU] 28 Feb 11

· Families in town hall protest to save Sure Start centres as council bosses deny there will be any closures
[GB] 27 Feb 11

· Funding is key to child care
[CA-ON] 23 Feb 11

February 27, 2011

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Early childhood education and care: Providing all our children with the best start for the world of tomorrow
23 Feb 11
- Document from the European Commission launches a process to improve access to ECEC services and to raise quality throughout EU Member States.

Les structures associatives de la petite enfance: Des valeurs mises en danger!
23 Feb 11
- Short video from France creatively captures the issues at stake in the privatization of French child care.

Alberta improves parents' access to quality child care
23 Feb 11
- Press release from the Government of Alberta says the province has reached its goal under the Creating Child Care Choices plan.

Alberta's child care system still struggling
23 Feb 11
- Press release from Public Interest Alberta says the province is ending Space Creation Innovation Funding despite long waiting lists for quality child care.

child care in the news
[This section features interesting and noteworthy
news about ECEC and related issues in Canada and internationally.]

· Alberta day-care expansion program closes, but subsidies will continue: minister
[CA-AB] 23 Feb 11

· Essential to know the pitfalls of childcare
[AU] 23 Feb 11

· Childcare woes thwart bilingualism
[BC] 23 Feb 11

· Spaces must be affordable
[CA-ON] 21 Feb 11

· Toronto searching for solutions
[CA-ON] 19 Feb 11

· Distance makes the daycare dash a drag
[CA-ON] 19 Feb 11

· Toronto lawyer recalls halcyon daycare days
[CA-ON] 19 Feb 11

· Brussels calls for 'universal' child care
[EU] 18 Feb 11

February 20, 2011

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[This section archives documents that
have been featured on the CRRU homepage..]

Democracy and experimentation:
Two fundamental values for education

16 Feb 11
- Paper by Peter Moss and Mathias Urban argues that "at a time when managerial, technical and market approaches are increasingly influential" in education, "democracy" and "experimentation" should be explored as alternatives.

What a difference a decade makes:
Counting the benefits of investment in early childhood development in Quebec

16 Feb 11
- Article by Christa Japel in Paediatrics & Child Health reviews the lessons that can be learned more than 10 years after Quebec's child care reform.

Child care: Work place and economic development supports
16 Feb 11
- Presentation by Cornell University Planning Professor Mildred Warner

ECE Affinity Group: Something to share
16 Feb 11
- Document from the ECE Affinity Group Annual Forum contains a ideas and resources from and for faculty teaching post-secondary ECE.

child care in the news
[This section features interesting and noteworthy
news about ECEC and related issues in Canada and internationally.]

· The myth of gender neutrality [CA] 14 Feb 11

· Profit motive sits uneasily with aims of childcare [AU] 14 Feb 11

· McGuinty must fix signature program [CA-ON] 14 Feb 11

· Motherlode: Revisiting the debate of working moms vs. stay-at-home moms 14 Feb 11

· The daycare disconnect [CA] 12 Feb 11

· Debate: Children are better off being raised by their parents [CA] 11 Feb 11

· Debate: Canada needs a national child-care policy [CA] 11 Feb 11

· Ontario child care facing uncertain future [CA-ON] 11 Feb 11

· Grandmother steps into the breach [CA] 11 Feb 11

· Licensed daycare rare in early 1980s [CA] 11 Feb 11

· Playing the child care guilt card [CA] 11 Feb 11

· What kids learn in daycare [CA] 9 Feb 11

February 12, 2011

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have been featured on the CRRU homepage..]

Beyond child's play: Caring for and educating young children in Canada
9 Feb 11
- Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives has now made this 2009 issue of Our Schools/Ourselves available free online. It brings together Canada's leading researchers, writers and activists to discuss how we can best care for and educate our young children.

Quality in early childhood services - An international perspective
9 Feb 11
- New book by Helen Penn examines many different approaches to understanding and measuring quality; considers the variety of rationales that inform ECEC services.

Paternity leave and preschool in Sweden
9 Feb 11
- Video from US online TV show DadLabs takes a joyful look at parental leave and child care policies in Sweden.

Five years after cancelling the national child care program: High cost, little choice for parents
7 Feb 11
- Press release by child care advocates and women's groups on the 5th anniversary of Harper's cancellation of a national child care program says "Canada urgently needs a public system of early childhood education and care."

child care in the news
[This section features interesting and noteworthy
news about ECEC and related issues in Canada and internationally.]

· Debate: Children are better off being raised by their parents
[CA] 11 Feb 11

· Debate: Canada needs a national child-care policy
[CA] 11 Feb 11

· What kids learn in daycare
[CA] 9 Feb 11

· Nursery charges rise twice as quickly as wages
[GB] 9 Feb 11

· Province brings Ontario produce to daycare centres
[CA] 9 Feb 11

· Finley's comments absurd
[CA] 8 Feb 11

· Mallick: For parents, a pittance and sneers
[CA] 7 Feb 11

· Five years on, children still wait for quality care
[CA] 4 Feb 11

· The child-care challenge: Parents deserve a real choice
[CA] 4 Feb 11

· Children spend too much time with nannies, study shows
[UAE] 2 Feb 11

· New child care ratios gain support
[AU] 29 Jan 11

February 6, 2011

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[This section archives documents that
have been featured on the CRRU homepage..]

Hennessy's Index: A number is never just a number : Inequality
2 Feb 11
- New monthly feature from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives "highlights statistics found in the news and in CCPA research about Canada and its place in the world."

Vouchers again? Recent experience with early education vouchers in Hong Kong
2 Feb 11
- Presentations from a seminar at the International Centre for the Study of the Mixed Economy of Childcare at the University of East London.

Enhanced early childhood education pays long-term dividends in better health
2 Feb 11
- Study by Columbia University researchers "is the first randomized, controlled trial to show that early educational enrichment can bring improved health and healthier behaviors in early adulthood."

250 Sure Start children's centres face closure within a year
2 Feb 11
- Press release from Britain's Daycare Trust says a national survey suggests 60,000 families will be affected by Sure Start cuts; staff at 1,000 centres issued 'at risk of redudancy' notices.

child care in the news
[This section features interesting and noteworthy
news about ECEC and related issues in Canada and internationally.]

· Minister Finley defends child-care remarks
[CA] 4 Feb 11

· Child care: Would you prefer benefit cheques or a national child care system?
[CA] 4 Feb 11

· It's about choice, Diane Finley says, not disdain for daycare
[CA] 4 Feb 11

· Conservatives draw fire over comment on child care
[CA] 3 Feb 11

· Government serves families another kick with ECE cuts
[NZ] 1 Feb 11

· The children must play: What the United States could learn from Finland about education reform
[FI] 28 Jan 11

· Cuts will force 250 Sure Start centres to close, say charities
[GB] 28 Jan 11

· Daycare needs cash boost
[CA-ON] 28 Jan 11

· Eddy Groves pleads not guilty to ABC Learning criminal charge
[AU] 28 Jan 11

· Child development not linked to length of parental leave, government argues
[CA] 28 Jan 11

· Numbers finally start to add up as operators go back to basics
[AU] 22 Jan 11

· Voluntary census deletes questions about unpaid work
[CA] 28 Jul 10

January 30, 2011

What's new online:
[This section archives documents that
have been featured on the CRRU homepage..]

Will child care survive?
26 Jan 11
- Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care and the Ontario Federation of Labour announce a provincial tour ahead of the Ontario budget.

Webinar: Emerging plan for early care and learning in BC
26 Jan 11
- Coalition of Child Care Advocates of BC present and discuss their emerging plan for an integrated ELCC system for the province.

Hiding the elephant: Child care coverage in four daily newspapers 26 Jan 11 - Article from Journal of Comparative Family Studies maps press coverage of child care in Canada between 2000 and 2007.

Families, time and well-being in Canada 26 Jan 11 - Paper by two Dalhousie University researchers documents evolutions in income, working hours and "time crunch" for two-parent Canadian families with children.

Residential long-term care for Canadian seniors: Nonprofit, for-profit or does it matter?
26 Jan 11
- Report on seniors' care from the Institute for Research on Public Policy concludes that "for-profit facilities are less likely to provide quality care than non-profit or public facilities".

Media releases and news coverage of recent death in unregulated care
19 Jan 11
- In the wake of a tragic death in an unregulated child care home, advocates are calling for a coroner's inquest and are citing systemic failures in Ontario's and Canada's provision of child care. CRRU has collected media releases and news coverage of this pressing issue.

child care in the news
[This section features interesting and noteworthy
news about ECEC and related issues in Canada and internationally.]

· Harper heralds maternal health's rosy future as UN meeting opens
[CA] 26 Jan 11

· French boards pursue English pupils
[CA-ON] 26 Jan 11

· Family daycare gets hammered
[AU] 26 Jan 11

· Cuts watch: What's happening to children's centres around the country
[GB] 26 Jan 11

· Grits want to fight for families, says Ignatieff
[CA] 25 Jan 11

· Harper's strange victory
[CA] 24 Jan 11

· Harper marks five years
[CA] 23 Jan 11

· Inuit kindergarten keeps kids connected
[CA-ON] 22 Jan 11

· Gap between rich and rest puts society at risk
[CA] 12 Jan 11

January 23, 2011

What's new online:
[This section archives documents that
have been featured on the CRRU homepage..]

Death by indifference
19 Jan 11
- Op-ed in the Toronto Star by CRRU's Martha Friendly says "government's failure to build a child care system has again proved fatal."

Media releases and news coverage of recent death in unregulated care
19 Jan 11
- In the wake of a tragic death in an unregulated child care home, advocates are calling for a coroner's inquest and are citing systemic failures in Ontario's and Canada's provision of child care. CRRU has collected media releases and news coverage of this pressing issue.

Alberta's day care controversy: From 1908 to 2009 and beyond
19 Jan 11
- Book by Dr. Tom Langford traces the development of child care policies and programs in Alberta. Chapters discuss history of Alberta child care, the emergence of corporatized chains, and issues for the future. Full book available online!

Sweden's National Agency for Education's statistics
19 Jan 11
- Skolverket (the Swedish National Agency for Education) has put a large selection of educational statistics online. These include enrolment, staffing and cost data for preschool and family child care.

The New Mexico PreK evaluation: Impacts from the fourth year (2008-2009) of New Mexico's state-funded PreK program
19 Jan 11
- Report from the US National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) finds that "children who attend the state-funded Pre-K program have significant positive effects in vocabulary, math, and literacy skills at the beginning of kindergarten."

child care in the news
[This section features interesting and noteworthy
news about ECEC and related issues in Canada and internationally.]

· MP Graham Allen calls for early years intervention
[GB] 19 Jan 11

· Child care funding a concern
[CA-ON] 18 Jan 11

· Parents give thumbs up to new kindergarten classrooms
[CA-BC] 18 Jan 11

· Parental leave system puts unfair burden on mothers, says Nick Clegg
[GB] 17 Jan 11

· Lessons from baby's daycare death?
[CA-ON] 17 Jan 11

· No choice for working parents
[CA-ON] 14 Jan 11

· Lack of resources blamed for problems in Scots nurseries
[GB] 7 Jan 11

· Joined-up services are the key to our children's future
[GB] 21 Dec 10

January 23, 2011

What's new online:
[This section archives documents that
have been featured on the CRRU homepage..]

Death by indifference 19 Jan 11 - Op-ed in the Toronto Star by CRRU's Martha Friendly says "government's failure to build a child care system has again proved fatal."

Media releases and news coverage of recent death in unregulated care 19 Jan 11 - In the wake of a tragic death in an unregulated child care home, advocates are calling for a coroner's inquest and are citing systemic failures in Ontario's and Canada's provision of child care. CRRU has collected media releases and news coverage of this pressing issue.

Alberta's day care controversy: From 1908 to 2009 and beyond 19 Jan 11 - Book by Dr. Tom Langford traces the development of child care policies and programs in Alberta. Chapters discuss history of Alberta child care, the emergence of corporatized chains, and issues for the future. Full book available online!

Sweden's National Agency for Education's statistics 19 Jan 11 - Skolverket (the Swedish National Agency for Education) has put a large selection of educational statistics online. These include enrolment, staffing and cost data for preschool and family child care.

The New Mexico PreK evaluation: Impacts from the fourth year (2008-2009) of New Mexico's state-funded PreK program 19 Jan 11 - Report from the US National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) finds that "children who attend the state-funded Pre-K program have significant positive effects in vocabulary, math, and literacy skills at the beginning of kindergarten."

child care in the news
[This section features interesting and noteworthy
news about ECEC and related issues in Canada and internationally.]

· MP Graham Allen calls for early years intervention
[GB] 19 Jan 11

· Child care funding a concern
[CA-ON] 18 Jan 11

· Parents give thumbs up to new kindergarten classrooms
[CA-BC] 18 Jan 11

· Parental leave system puts unfair burden on mothers, says Nick Clegg
[GB] 17 Jan 11

· Lessons from baby's daycare death?
[CA-ON] 17 Jan 11

· No choice for working parents
[CA-ON] 14 Jan 11

· Lack of resources blamed for problems in Scots nurseries
[GB] 7 Jan 11

· Joined-up services are the key to our children's future
[GB] 21 Dec 10

January 9, 2011

What's new online:
[This section archives documents that
have been featured on the CRRU homepage..]

In the best interests of children and families: Early childhood education and care in Alberta
5 Jan 11
- Report from the Muttart Foundation provides an overview of the current funding and delivery of ECEC in Alberta and an alternate vision for ECEC that can better meet the needs of Alberta's children and their families.

Letters to UBC President re: UBC child care and Kids and Company
5 Jan 11
- Correspondence between the Coalition of Child Care Advocates of BC and University of British Columbia regarding UBC's use of a for-profit child care service.

Beyond centers and homes: The workforce in three California early childhood infrastructure organizations
5 Jan 11
- Report from the Center for the Study of Child Care Employment at University of California at Berkeley examines the career backgrounds and professional development needs of 1,588 staff in three organizations.

Australia's paid parental leave scheme: Supporting working Australian families
5 Jan 11
- January 1, 2011 marked the start of Australia's new paid parental leave, which provides 18 weeks of leave paid at the national minimum wage of $570 a week before tax.

child care in the news
[This section features interesting and noteworthy
news about ECEC and related issues in Canada and internationally.]

· Paid parental leave icing on the cake for new mothers
[AU] 2 Jan 11

· Sure Start children's centres axed by Tories despite David Cameron's pledge to protect them
[GB] 1 Jan 11

· Mom says no time to job hunt while on maternity leave
[CA-NB] 30 Dec 10

· Record on education is Ontario Premier's best case for re-election
[CA-ON] 22 Dec 10

· Travel ban on ABC Learning founder for another 11 weeks
[AU] 17 Dec 10

· Our kids are not for sale
[US] 16 Nov 10

December 19, 2010

What's new online:
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have been featured on the CRRU homepage..]

Women in Canada: A gender-based statistical report 15 Dec 10 - Report from Statistics Canada finds employment rate for women with children more than doubled over past three decades. Women are more likely to work part-time than men and are still concentrated in traditional female occupations.
Welfare incomes 2009 15 Dec 10 - Report from the National Council on Welfare calls welfare design "outdated, counter-productive"; calls for "a comprehensive approach to both income support and the provision of appropriate services geared to income level rather than welfare status".
Webcast: The role of play in human learning 15 Dec 10 - Canadian Network for Leadership in Education and Early Learning & Care webcast features Dr. Janette Pelletier, Elizabeth Morley and Dianne Riehl discussing the role of play-based learning in integrated early childhood and school programs.
Investing in young children: New directions in federal preschool and early childhood policy 15 Dec 10 - Report from the National Institute for Early Education Research explores the state of the US' early childhood programs -- Head Start, Early Head Start, and home visiting -- and proposes reforms.

child care in the news
[This section features interesting and noteworthy
news about ECEC and related issues in Canada and internationally.]

· Province to scrap key piece of full-day kindergarten plan
[CA-ON] 15 Dec 10

· Ontario alters kindergarten program, opening door to private daycares
[CA-ON] 15 Dec 10

· $25M for autism, 'raises a lot of questions'
[CA-ON] 15 Dec 10

· Taking back the playground
[CA-BC] 14 Dec 10

· Welfare income rose in 2009 but still too low: report
[CA] 13 Dec 10

· Ruling expands family rights
[CA-ON] 11 Dec 10

· Why women fared better in the recession
[CA] 10 Dec 10

· We must do better for our children
[CA-BC] 3 Dec 10

December 11

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Alberta Journal of Education Research, Issue 56 (3)
8 Dec 10
- Special periodical issue co-edited by Veronica Pacini-Ketchabaw and Larry Prochner explores the topic, "blurring the boundaries of early childhood education's theory/practice divide".

Canada's children not for sale: CUPE sounds the alarm about the latest big box child care operator in Canada
8 Dec 10
- Article and backgrounder from the Canadian Union of Public Employees discusses the rise of Edleun, Canada's first publicly traded child care corporation.

The foundation years: Preventing poor children becoming poor adults
8 Dec 10
- Independent Review of Poverty and Life Chances for the British Government recommends national and local governments "should give greater prominence to the earliest years of life, from pregnancy to age five".

The impact of Sure Start local programmes on five year olds and their families
8 Dec 10
- Latest evaluation of Britain's Sure Start program reports positive impacts on children's health and home environments and mothers' life satisfaction.

The children left behind: A league table of inequality in child well-being in the world's rich countries
3 Dec 10
- UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre's Report Card 9 finds that Canada lags far behind in equality of children's material well-being - placing 17th of 24 countries.

child care in the news
[This section features interesting and noteworthy
news about ECEC and related issues in Canada and internationally.]

· High cost makes on-site daycare a rare perk
[CA-ON] 8 Dec 10

· Childcare fee fear strikes parents
[AU] 8 Dec 10

· Sask. gov't funding 135 new child care spaces
[CA-SK] 7 Dec 10

· Full-day kindergarten popularity outstrips plans to pay for it
[CA-ON] 6 Dec 10

· Early daycare tied to school-age health
[CA] 6 Dec 10

· Quebec daycare workers approve new deal
[CA-QC] 5 Dec 10

· £26,000: The salary you need just to cover child care
[GB] 4 Dec 10

· Frank Field must not let the unthinkable happen to Sure Start
[GB] 3 Dec 10

· Sure Start good for families and for children's health, says researchers
[GB] 26 Nov 10

December 5

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The children left behind: A league table of inequality in child well-being in the world's rich countries
3 Dec 10
- UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre's Report Card 9 finds that Canada lags far behind in equality of children's material well-being - placing 17th of 24 countries.

Research evidence on selected aspects of for-profit/non-profit child care programs: A bibliography
1 Dec 10
- New Briefing Note from CRRU collects research and policy analysis on a number of topics relevant to differences between for- profit and non-profit child care.

Culture and learning
1 Dec 10
- Latest edition of Bernard van Leer Foundation's Early Childhood in Focus series addresses the major policy questions surrounding the place of culture in early childhood programs and how to promote development and learning while respecting cultural diversities.

Children 2020: Planning now, for the future
1 Dec 10
- Report from Start Strong (an Irish child care coalition) offers a vision for the future of young children's care and education in Ireland and proposals for immediate actions.

The role of civil society in implementing the General Measures of the Convention on the Rights of the Child
1 Dec 10
- Report from the UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre shows that civil society plays an important role in the implementation of the CRC; draws attention to the issues and challenges affecting civil society today.

The rise of Canada's richest 1%
1 Dec 10
- Report from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives says that Canada's richest 1% are taking more of the gains from economic growth than ever before in recorded history.

· Rich countries let poorest children fall behind
[CA] 2 Dec 10

· Parents face $80 a week fees shock
[NZ] 1 Dec 10

· Online nanny recruiters go global
1 Dec 10

· Green child care centre a first for Ottawa
[CA-ON] 26 Nov 10

· CUPE committee tackles growth of for-profit child care
[CA] 25 Nov 10

· Funding gap forces Peel to scale back full-day kindergarten roll-out
[CA-ON] 24 Nov 10

· Privatised, corporatised Labor has lost touch with its core values, and voters
[AU] 20 Nov 10

November 27, 2010

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Reduced poverty = Better health for all
24 Nov 10
- Campaign 2000's annual Report Card on child and family poverty in Canada finds child poverty rate is 9.1%; warns that rate will likely rise before economic recovery is complete. Funding a universal system of ECEC for all families called a key part of a strategy to combat child poverty.

Our emerging plan for an integrated system of early care and learning in BC
24 Nov 10
- Coalition of Child Care Advocates BC and Early Childhood Educators of BC release their strategy for ECEC in British Columbia and share feedback gained from community briefings.

HungerCount 2010: A comprehensive report on food bank use in Canada and recommendations for change
24 Nov 10
- Report from Food Banks Canada finds food bank use reached record levels in 2010. Development of a quality ECEC system cited as part of a comprehensive hunger strategy.

Status of the Convention on the Rights of the Child: Report of the Secretary-General
24 Nov 10
- Status report to the United Nations General Assembly gives special focus to implementing children's rights in early childhood.

child care in the news
[This section features interesting and noteworthy
news about ECEC and related issues in Canada and internationally.]

· One in seven B.C kids lives in poverty, child advocacy coalition says
[CA-BC] 24 Nov 10

· Canada has a long way to go to improve child poverty rates
[CA] 24 Nov 10

· 1 in 10 Canadian children living in poverty
[CA] 24 Nov 10

· NDP calls for action to address on-campus childcare crisis
[CA-SK] 23 Nov 10

· Opposition to reject childcare changes
[AU] 23 Nov 10

· Toronto parents angered by closing of city-run daycare
[CA-ON] 22 Nov 10

· Ottawa needs plan to fight poverty
[CA] 17 Nov 10

· Work and pensions secretary faces backlash over reforms
[UK] 12 Nov 10

November 21, 2010

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Reduced poverty = Better health for all
24 Nov 10
- Campaign 2000's annual Report Card on child and family poverty in Canada finds child poverty rate is 9.1%; warns that rate will likely rise before economic recovery is complete. Funding a universal system of ECEC for all families called a key part of a strategy to combat child poverty.

Our emerging plan for an integrated system of early care and learning in BC
24 Nov 10
- Coalition of Child Care Advocates BC and Early Childhood Educators of BC release their strategy for ECEC in British Columbia and share feedback gained from community briefings.

HungerCount 2010: A comprehensive report on food bank use in Canada and recommendations for change
24 Nov 10
- Report from Food Banks Canada finds food bank use reached record levels in 2010. Development of a quality ECEC system cited as part of a comprehensive hunger strategy.

Status of the Convention on the Rights of the Child: Report of the Secretary-General
24 Nov 10
- Status report to the United Nations General Assembly gives special focus to implementing children's rights in early childhood.

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· One in seven B.C kids lives in poverty, child advocacy coalition says
[CA-BC] 24 Nov 10

· Canada has a long way to go to improve child poverty rates
[CA] 24 Nov 10

· 1 in 10 Canadian children living in poverty
[CA] 24 Nov 10

· NDP calls for action to address on-campus childcare crisis
[CA-SK] 23 Nov 10

· Opposition to reject childcare changes
[AU] 23 Nov 10

· Toronto parents angered by closing of city-run daycare
[CA-ON] 22 Nov 10

· Ottawa needs plan to fight poverty
[CA] 17 Nov 10

· Work and pensions secretary faces backlash over reforms
[UK] 12 Nov 10

November 21, 2010

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Federal poverty reduction plan: Working in partnership towards reducing poverty in Canada
17 Nov 10
- Report from the House of Commons Standing Committee on Human Resources, Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities recommends a national strategy on ECEC and an expert panel evaluation of the effectiveness of the Universal Child Care Benefit.

Moscow framework for action and cooperation: Harnessing the wealth of nations
17 Nov 10
- Action plan from the UNESCO World Conference on Early Childhood Care and Education calls on governments to boost commitment, reinforce effective program delivery, and increase budget allocations to ECCE.

How Ontario can become a world education leader
17 Nov 10
- David Crombie and Margaret McCain invite people to sign-on to an open letter to Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty urging him to move forward with all the recommendations in the Ontario Early Learning Advisor's report.

Maternal work early in the lives of children and its distal associations with achievement and behavior problems: A meta-analysis
17 Nov 10
- Review of 69 studies spanning 5 decades concludes that "small effect size and primarily non-significant results... should allay concerns about mothers working when children are young."

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· Sarah Teather says families in poorest areas no longer guaranteed full childcare
[UK] 16 Nov 10

· MP blasts Sure Start reforms at Daycare Trust Conference
[UK] 16 Nov 10

· Sector leaders dismayed over removal of children's centres' duty to provide full daycare
[UK] 16 Nov 10

· New pre-kindergarten programs open across Saskatchewan
[CA-SK] 15 Nov 10

· Sure Start children's centres told to charge for some services
[UK] 14 Nov 10

· In open letter to the Premier, APPLE BC says education promises totally unrealistic
[CA-BC] 10 Nov 10

· Dads happier when they split domestic duties: study
[CA] 9 Nov 10

· Investing in very early education
[IL] 9 Nov 10

· Milwaukee reporters tell how Pulitzer-winning series was done
[US] 9 Nov 10

· Working mom's kids turn out fine, 50 years of research says
[US] 18 Sep 10

November 13, 2010

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Human development report 2010 - 20th anniversary
10 Nov 10
- New UN report looks at human development trends across four decades. Canada drops to 8th in global rankings. Website features a wealth of interactive features and data tools.

The effects of preschool education: What we know, how public policy is or is not aligned with the evidence base, and what we need to know
10 Nov 10
- Report in Psychological Science in the Public Interest reviews the current state of publicly funded pre-school in the US and offers suggestions for improving the efficacy of these programs.

Pedagogical connections: Issue 6, Fall 2010
10 Nov 10
- Quarterly newsletter from the University of Victoria's Unit for Early Learning and Child Care Research features news about recent and upcoming publications, events and courses.

Facts and figures 2009: Pre-school activities, school-age childcare, schools and adult education in Sweden
10 Nov 10
- Report from the Swedish National Agency for Education provides the latest data on Sweden's child care system, including enrolment, spending and a breakdown of public/ private centres.

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· 1-day strike shuts Que. home daycares
[CA-QC] 10 Nov 10

· Where is BC's childcare program?
[CA-BC] 8 Nov 10

· UN's development index proves it takes a village
[INT] 7 Nov 10

· Judge orders child care subsidies continue
[US] 6 Nov 10

· Quebec proposes new daycare law
[CA-QC] 5 Nov 10

· Kindergarten expansion drawing raves
[CA-BC] 5 Nov 10

· Fathers are happier when doing more housework, says study
[UK] 4 Nov 10

· UN: 'Significant progress' in human development
[INT] 4 Nov 10

· Toddlers and textbooks
[CA] 3 Nov 10

November 6, 2010

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The power of taxes: The case for investing in Canadians
3 Nov 10
- Paper from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives argues that "public services add up to a great bargain for Canadians. But the services our taxes fund are often overlooked in debates over tax cuts."

Connecting with communities and creating welcoming schools: The 2010 report on Ontario's school councils
3 Nov 10
- Report by People for Education finds that while school councils see enhancing communication as their most important role, they spend most of their time fundraising.

In focus: Forest kindergarten
3 Nov 10
- Video for Scottish television showcases a Forestry Commission Scotland pilot project to develop early childhood programs that use local woodlands and green space.

The consequences of implementing a child care voucher: Evidence from Australia, the Netherlands and USA
3 Nov 10
- Discussion paper by Mildred Warner shows that while vouchers can be an effective tool to enhance child care demand of parents, quality and supply may be uneven and the policies privilege market provision.

Flows, rhythms, and intensities in early childhood education curriculum
3 Nov 10
- New book edited by Veronica Pacini-Ketchabaw considers "the possibilities and tensions of curriculum-making in early childhood education".

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· Childcare centres brace for less money as cuts hit home
[NZ] 2 Nov 10

· Full-day classes for kindergarten are a nightmare
[CA-ON] 2 Nov 10

· Full-day learning creates wait list
[CA-ON] 2 Nov 10

· Fundraising now main job of parent council
[CA-ON] 1 Nov 10

· How billionaire donors harm public education
[US] 31 Oct 10

· Toronto Anti-poverty activists take wait-and-see approach to Ford as mayor
[CA-ON] 30 Oct 10

· Child care crunch in Alberta
[CA-AB] 19 Oct 10

October 30, 2010

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Child care for First Nations children living off reserve, Metis children, and Inuit children
20 Oct 10 - Study for Statistics Canada describes cultural aspects within the care environment for First Nations children. Culturally relevant activities and language spoken in care were examined as predictors of children's outcomes.

The challenge of care: Early childhood education and care in Canada and Quebec
20 Oct 10 - Article from Studies in Political Economy uses Nancy Fraser's universal caregiver model to critique existing child care policies and services in Canada (including Quebec).

"Shorty List" website is sign of what's wrong with BC child care
20 Oct 10 - Article from Liberation Learning Project - a group that shares news and ideas for B.C.'s child care workers - provides a thoughtful commentary on a site that posts anonymous reviews of child care centres.

How does job-protected maternity leave affect mothers' employment and infant health?
20 Oct 10 - Working paper from the National Bureau of Economic Research provides evidence of the labor supply effects of leaves from an analysis of the introduction and expansion of job-protected maternity leave in Canada.

National child care often promised, still missing
13 Oct 10 - Chapter by Martha Friendly for CCPA's new book "Speaking Truth to Power" explains why Canadian women shouldn't be silent about the struggle for child care.

The Perry Preschool Study stands the test of time, but it doesn't stand alone
22 Sep 10 - In this post from the National Institute for Early Education Research's Preschool Today blog, Steve Barnett addresses the validity of some of the criticisms of the Perry Preschool Study.

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· Paper debunks myths on women as leaders
[AU] 20 Oct 10

· Red-flagged as problem pupils, are boys misunderstood?
20 Oct 10

· Euro MP's back 20-week maternity leave plan
[EU] 20 Oct 10

· Focus on families
[CA] 19 Oct 10

· Speaker of the Assembly announces temporary childcare for the working poor
[US-CA] 19 Oct 10

· The endangered male teacher
[CA] 18 Oct 10

· Three out of 10 B.C kids on a path to failure
[CA-BC] 17 Oct 10

· Tory spending will force liberals to scale back on social programs plans
[CA] 14 Oct 10

October 16, 2010

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Speaking truth to power: A reader on Canadian women's inequality
13 Oct 10
- New anthology from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives features essays by prominent Canadian feminists on the continued struggle for equality.

National child care often promised, still missing
13 Oct 10
- Chapter by Martha Friendly for CCPA's new book "Speaking Truth to Power" explains why Canadian women shouldn't be silent about the struggle for child care.

Global gender gap report 2010
13 Oct 10
- Canada ranks 20th in an annual report from the World Economic Forum that assesses how well countries divide their resources and opportunities among men and women.

Career interrupted: The economic impact of motherhood
13 Oct 10
- Report from TD Economics says motherhood leads to significant wage losses for working women; length of absence less damaging than frequency of absences.

Employer top-ups
13 Oct 10
- Article from Statistics Canada's Perspectives finds one in five mothers who received parental benefits also collected top-up payments; proportion unchanged for the past decade.

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· Fallen childcare entrepreneur Eddy Groves to sue over 'botched' stock sale
[AU] 13 Oct 10

· Tories in tune with families: Poll
[CA] 12 Oct 10

· Labour pain: For moms on parental leave, wages lag
[CA] 12 Oct 10

· Canada slips in gender equality worldwide [CA] 12 Oct 10

· Schwarzenegger's child care cut hurts hardworking moms
[US-CA] 12 Oct 10

· No full-day kindergarten for First Nations kids
[CA-ON] 11 Oct 10

· Attitudes harden towards the lot of a working mother
[AU] 11 Oct 10

· Province launches pension plan for child care workers
[CA-MB] 7 Oct 10

· Half of Ontario kindergarten kids in full-day by 2012
[CA-ON] 6 Oct 10

October 9, 2010

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Families count: Profiling Canada's families IV
6 Oct 10
- Latest edition of the Vanier Institute of the Family's data book details trends in family demographics, education, work-life balance, economic well-being and provision of care.

Understanding quality in context: Child care centers, communities, markets, and public policy
6 Oct 10
- Report from Urban Institute (US) uses interviews and classroom observations to consider how various factors -- director and program characteristics, market forces, and policies -- may influence program quality.

International review of leave policies and related research 2010
6 Oct 10
- Report by Peter Moss for the UK Government reviews maternity, paternity and parental leave in 29 countries, including Canada.

Shifting directions in New Zealand early childhood policy: The retreat from being "almost free" and "fully teacher-led"
6 Oct 10
- Presentation by New Zealand researcher Helen May for a seminar at the International Centre for the Study of the Mixed Economy in Childcare.

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news about ECEC and related issues in Canada and internationally.]

· Half of Ontario kindergarten kids in full-day by 2012
[CA-ON] 6 Oct 10

· Agency helps parents place disabled kids in daycare
[QC] 6 Oct 10

· David Cameron 'sorry' child benefit cut was not in Tory manifesto
[UK] 5 Oct 10

· Installation Speech from Governor General David Johnston
[CA] 1 Oct 10

· Ottawa board adds full-day kindergarten classes
[CA-ON] 30 Sep 10

· Spain's burnt out 'babysitter grandparents' urged to strike
[ES] 24 Sep 10

· One-third fail childcare centres audit
[AU] 24 Sep 10

· The daycare dilemma
[CA] 22 Sep 10

September 27, 2010

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BC smart family policy 2010 report card: Assessing British Columbians' support for families with young children
22 Sep 10
- Report from UBC's Human Early Learning Partnership finds vulnerability is on the rise in BC; recommends increasing parental leave and expanding ECEC services.

Materials from the Belgian Presidency of the EU's expert conference "Europe de l'enfance"
22 Sep 10
- Recent conference aimed to create a more coordinated approach to child policy across the EU; key messages include a call to "guarantee a right for all children to access high-quality, diversified and integrated ECEC services."

Learning together: A study of six B.A. completion cohort programs in early care and education. Year 2 report
22 Sep 10
- Second report from a longitudinal study by the Centre for the Study of Child Care Employment looks at the success of B.A. programs that target small groups of adults working in ECE to pursue a course of study together.

Quality costs: Paying for early childhood education and care
22 Sep 10
- Presentation by the Executive Director of Daycare Trust (UK) for a seminar at the International Centre for the Study of the Mixed Economy of Childcare explores what it would cost to build a high quality ECEC system.


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· Government adding day-care spaces to city school
[CA-SK] 21 Sep 10

· Percentage of vulnerable children on the rise in B.C kindergartens - UBC study
[CA-BC] 21 Sep 10

· First Nations leaders demand more money for education
[CA] 21 Sep 10

· Hudak's stand on kindergarten risks raising ire of families
[CA-ON] 17 Sep 10

· Finland's secrets to educational success
[FI] 14 Sep 10

September 19, 2010

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World conference on early childhood care and education, Moscow, Russia 27-29 September 2010
15 Sep 10 - Upcoming UNESCO conference aims to "reaffirm ECCE as a right of all children and as the basis for development". Resources already online include a concept paper and four regional reports, including one for North America.

Progress for children: Achieving the MDGs with equity & Narrowing the gaps to meet the goals
15 Sep 10
- Two new reports from UNICEF find equity is the key to progress for children, and to meeting the Millennium Development Goals.

Educational indicators in Canada: An international perspective
15 Sep 10
- Report from the Council of Ministers of Education Canada expands on the data collected for OECD's "Education at a Glance" report; facilitates the comparison of education in Canada with other OECD countries.

Our emerging plan for an integrated system of early care and learning in BC
15 Sep 10 - Briefing Note from the Coalition of Child Care Advocates BC & Early Childhood Educators of BC calls for all community and school-based ELCC programs to be moved under the Ministry of Education.

child care in the news
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news about ECEC and related issues in Canada and internationally.]

· Top-up fees pervade free childcare
[UK] 14 Sep 10

· U.S. education guru praises Ontario's schools
[CA-ON] 13 Sep 10

· School's in for Edmonton little tykes
[CA-AB] 9 Sep 10

· Canada lags on pay equity
[CA] 8 Sep 10

· Women at work: still behind on the bottom line
[CA] 8 Sep 10

· Leaders, experts to discuss early childhood care in Moscow
8 Sep 10

· All-day kindergarten a 'no brainer' to put kids on the path to success
[CA] 7 Sep 10

September 12, 2010

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Back to school with full-day early learning
10 Sep 10
- This week three additional provinces will be offering public full-day early learning/kindergarten programs for the first time.

Combating poverty and inequality: Structural change, social policy and politics
8 Sep 10
- Major report from the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development explores why poverty persists. It warns that "current approaches that target the poor or separate poverty from broader processes of economic growth and development are misconceived."

Setting our agenda on early learning, violence and physical environment
8 Sep 10
- Latest edition of the Bernard van Leer Foundation's Early Childhood Matters series lays out the organization's new goals and areas of focus for 2010-2015.

Pre-budget submission to the Federal Standing Committee on Finance 2011 Federal Budget
8 Sep 10
- Submission from the Coalition of Child Care Advocates of BC lays out its vision for federal action on ECEC.

Early learning and care impact analysis
1 Sep 10
- Study by economist Robert Fairholm finds that "early learning with extended day child care options provides a greater economic benefit than any other sector of the economy."

child care in the news
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news about ECEC and related issues in Canada and internationally.]

· Full-day K: Are we ready?
[CA-BC] 8 Sep 10

· Sprits run high as 20,000 begin all-day kindergarten
[CA-BC] 8 Sep 10

· Full-day kindergarten in Ontario gets failing grade
[CA-ON] 7 Sep 10

· The Kindergarten Diaries
[CA] 7 Sep 10

· Time to learn, and play, at full-day kindergarten
[CA-ON] 7 Sep 10

· Battle lines drawn on full-day kindergarten
[CA-ON] 7 Sep 10

· Prince Edward Island goes back to school this week
[CA-PE] 6 Sep 10

· P.E.I schools ready for kindergarten classes
[CA-PE] 1 Sep 10

September 5, 2010

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Early learning and care impact analysis
1 Sep 10 - Study by economist Robert Fairholm finds that "early learning with extended day child care options provides a greater economic benefit than any other sector of the economy."

Private money in public schools
1 Sep 10 - Report from People for Education shows that Ontario schools rely on over half a billion dollars in fundraising, donations, user fees and other charges to augment provincial funding.

Foundations of lifelong health are built in early childhood
1 Sep 10 - Report from Harvard's Center on the Developing Child Health finds "health in the earliest years lays the groundwork for a lifetime of vitality"; authors recommend that "high-quality early care and education programs can promote health and prevent disease".

Child care support for student parents in community college is crucial for success, but supply and funding are inadequate
1 Sep 10 - Survey by the US Institute for Women's Policy Research finds that over a quarter of students at colleges are parents; college centres struggle to meet demand for care.

Children in Europe -- Playing outside: Why does it matter?
25 Aug 10 - Latest issue of Children in Europe examines the use of outdoor space across the EU and the benefits that unstructured play and the natural environment offer to young children.


child care in the news
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news about ECEC and related issues in Canada and internationally.]

· Full-day kindergarten to ripple through B.C education system
[CA-BC] 1 Sep 10

· Windsor and Essex County daycares close
[CA-ON] 1 Sep 10

· Fast-growing firm buys three city day cares
[CA-AB] 1 Sep 10

· Conservatives say child care is big priority
[CA-NB] 31 Aug 10

· Big bang for full-day learning buck
[CA-ON] 30 Aug 10

· What we owe our children
[CA-NB] 30 Aug 10

August 30, 2010

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Children in Europe -- Playing outside: Why does it matter?
25 Aug 10
- Latest issue of Children in Europe examines the use of outdoor space across the EU and the benefits that unstructured play and the natural environment offer to young children.

Online guide to ECEC credentialing
25 Aug 10
- Website developed by the Child Care Human Resources Sector Council allows users to search, compare and browse requirements to work in ECEC across Canada.

Provision of child care services in Reggio Emilia, Italy
25 Aug 10
- Speech by Sonia Masini, President of the Province of Reggio Emilia, to a meeting on implementing the Barcelona child care targets across Europe.

First round Early Years Centres
25 Aug 10
- Government of Prince Edward Island announces the first 36 centres that will implement the Preschool Excellence Initiative.


child care in the news


· Riverdale kindergarten wins reprieve
[CA-AB] 25 Aug 10

· UK childcare takes bigger bite of parents' wages [UK]
[UK] 25 Aug 10

· Childcare fees may rise up to $35 a day
[AU] 25 Aug 10

· Assurances of fair funding are a facade
[CA-BC] 24 Aug 10

· Family holiday? Don't forget to pack grandma!
[UK] 23 Aug 10

· Childcare workers to teach grades 1,2
[CA-PE] 12 Aug 10

August 21, 2010

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7th Meeting of the OECD Network on
Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) - "Financing ECEC Services"

18 Aug 10
- Over 25 international presentations available from June 20-22th meeting of the OECD ECEC Network.

ECE Link: Summer 2010
18 Aug 10
- Latest issue of the Association of Early Childhood Educators Ontario's periodical features a series of articles on the unionization of ECEs in the full-day early learning program.

Centring community services around early childhood care and development:
Promising practices in Indigenous communities in Canada

18 Aug 10
- Article by Jessica Ball provides case studies of Indigenous communities that are creating programs committed to family-centred and community centred practice.

Brief Report: Funding cuts to state-funded prekindergarten programs in FY10 & 11
18 Aug 10
- The US National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) estimates that $338 million in state funding could be cut from prekindergarten programs in 2010/11.

child care in the news
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news about ECEC and related issues in Canada and internationally.]

· CUPE, Catholic board reach deal
[CA-ON]
18 Aug 10

· Daycare drowning probed by child services
[CA-ON]
16 Aug 10

· South Asian women fight for rights in Canada: No equality without child care, immigrant women say
[CA]
13 Aug 10

· Cancelled school daycare frustrates families
[CA-ON]
13 Aug 10

· Parents fight back when day care killed
[CA-ON]
4 Aug 10

August 14, 2010

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The timing of motherhood, mothers' employment, and child outcomes
11 Aug 10
- Research findings from the British Millennium Cohort Study suggest that while child care in the first year may have "both positive and negative associations", "policies that make child care available to mothers across the spectrum are likely to benefit both mothers and children."

Cheaper child care, more children
11 Aug 10
- Swedish study examined parent fees and fertility; finds that reduction in child care fees led to a 4-6% increase in the birth rate.

Rewriting equality at the Women's Court of Canada
11 Aug 10
- A collection of academics, litigators and activists have re-written Supreme Court decisions to offer an alternative vision of Canadian equality jurisprudence. Among the re-written ruling are Symes v. Canada (tax treatment of child care expenses) and Eaton v. Brant County Board of Education (integration of disabled students).

Eradicating poverty good for the economy, premiers told
11 Aug 10
- Video summarizes the proceedings of the Winnipeg Roundtable on How to Make Canada Poverty-Free, organized by Campaign 2000.


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news about ECEC and related issues in Canada and internationally.]

· Region to start waiting list for child care subsidy
[CA-ON] 11 Aug 10

· Ruling backs working mother's case
[CA-ON] 8 Aug 10

· Tory census change will undermine value of women's work
[CA] 8 Aug 10

· Take off necktie, pick up baby
[JP] 7 Aug 10

· Ditch the guilt, working moms: The kids are all right
6 Aug 10

· Forget the guilt, daycare does your kids no harm
[CA] 6 Aug 10

· Plight of poor puts Canada's social fabric at risk
[CA] 6 Aug 10

· Babies don't suffer when mothers return to work, study reveals
[GB] 1 Aug 10

· Making day care fit real needs
[JP] 22 Jan 08

August 8, 2010

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First-year maternal employment and child development in the first 7 years
4 Aug 10
- Findings from a major American longitudinal study (NICHD): mothers' full time employment in the first year of life may pose mild developmental harm to some children; in the US, most work full-time by six months and many by three months; neither part-time nor full-time employment after the first year were found to have negative effects; and later outcomes are, on average, neutral as negative and positive effects tend to offset one another.

Statement of the Winnipeg Roundtable to the Council of the Federation: The provincial and territorial road to poverty eradication
4 Aug 10
- Statement from a roundtable of cross-Canada participants calls on the Premiers and federal party leaders to "reflect the inherent decency of most Canadians and start to work on a plan for poverty eradication".

How does your kindergarten classroom affect your earnings? Evidence from Project STAR
4 Aug 10
- Study from Harvard University finds that "early childhood class effects fade out in test scores but reappear in adult outcomes".

Parents and the high cost of child care: 2010 update
4 Aug 10
- Report from the US National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies looks at child care parent fees; finds that in 40 states child care fees are higher than college tuition.

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[This section features interesting and noteworthy news
about ECEC and related issues in Canada and internationally.]

· Parents fight back when day care killed
[CA-ON] 4 Aug 10

· Poverty absent from premiers' agenda
[CA] 4 Aug 10

· B.C. child care 'in crisis'
[CA-BC] 3 Aug 10

· Provinces need to pull children out of poverty
[CA] 3 Aug 10

· A year of day care more expensive than a year at public college?
[US] 3 Aug 10

· Working mothers not necessarily harmful to child development
[US] 31 Jul 10

· Kindergarten skills pay off in big bucks
[US] 29 Jul 10

· Coming soon: big box babycare
[CA-AB] 29 Jul 10

· Market call top picks
[CA] 28 Jul 10

July 30, 2010

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Alberta government must change our child care policies
28 Jul 10
- Press release from Public Interest Alberta calls for a complete review of child care in Alberta.

Environmental scan for the Coalition of Child Care Advocates of British Columbia and
Early Childhood Educators of British Columbia integrated system of early care and learning project

28 Jul 10 - Report by Jane Beach "provides an overview of current developments and activities underway through provincial/territorial ministries of education."

Literature review: Governance of integrated early care and learning systems
28 Jul 10
- Literature review for the Moving to an Integrated System of Early Care and Learning Project in BC project; looks at selected international models.

The politics of child care: Special Focus by the VESTA Status of Women Committee
28 Jul 10
- Article from the Vancouver Elementary Teachers' Association newsletter discusses the issue of child care privatization in the Canadian context.

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about ECEC and related issues in Canada and internationally.]

· Full-day care headache for parents
[CA-ON] 28 Jul 10

· Early end to subsidised childcare tax credits scheme costs parents dear
[UK] 28 Jul 10

· Long-form census data key for schools
[CA-SK] 28 Jul 10

· City could fund retraining of laid off childcare workers
[CA-ON] 27 Jul 10

· Fight poverty to spur recovery
[CA] 24 Jul 10

· Safety concerns about child care
[CA-AB] 21 Jul 10

· Latin America focuses on early learning
[CL] 20 Jul 10

July 25, 2010

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The nanny business 21 Jul 10 - Global News' Currents documentary series investigates the Live-in Caregiver program; finds cheating, abuse and mistreatment, as well as brave nannies, advocates and parents trying to force change.

Who cares? Assessing generosity and gender equality in parental leave policy designs in 21 countries
21 Jul 10
- Study examines parental leave in 21 high-income countries; finds Canada ranks 6th in generosity of leave, but 15th in the gender equality of the policy design.

A global perspective on happiness and fertility
21 Jul 10
- Working paper from the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research investigates the fertility-happiness association across 86 countries; compares results by welfare regime type.

Pascal's wager: From science to policy on early childhood development
21 Jul 10
- Commentary article from the Canadian Journal of Public Health discusses the potential of the Early Learning Advisor's report to lead to a comprehensive ECEC policy in Ontario.

Three approaches from Europe: Waldorf, Montessori, and Reggio Emilia
21 Jul 10
- Article from Early Childhood Research and Practice provides a comparative introduction to Waldorf, Montessori, and Reggio and highlights areas of similarity and contrast.

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about ECEC and related issues in Canada and internationally.]

· Purchase of six additional childcare centres advances Edleun's growth strategy
[CA-AB] 21 Jul 10

· NZ parental leave 'middling'
[NZ] 20 Jul 10

· Letter to the editor re: Stony Day Care closure
[CA-AB] 20 Jul 10

· Raise the bar for day cares in Alberta
[CA-AB] 17 Jul 10

· Province does little to ease parents' child care dilemmas
[CA-AB] 17 Jul 10

· Upper Canada board, CUPE reach deal
[CA-ON] 17 Jul 10

· Parental happiness and the welfare state
[US] 6 Jul 10

July 18, 2010

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All the latest on the census long-form debacle
14 Jul 10
- Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives has collected resources on the reaction to the decision to end the mandatory census long-form.

Open letter to the Minister of Education
14 Jul 10
- The Coalition of Child Care Advocates of BC calls on the provincial government and Boards of Education not to raise child care rents to generate profit.

Is wealthier always healthier? The impact of national income level, inequality, and poverty on public health in Latin America
14 Jul 10
- New research from Cambridge University finds "wealth is not enough"; "health depends on how rising income is distributed."

Aesthetic codes in early childhood classrooms: What art educators can learn from Reggio Emilia
14 Jul 10
- Article from Design Share compares "the messages contained in the physical environments of early childhood classrooms in Reggio Emilia, Italy with typical early childhood settings in Canada and the United States."

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child care in the news:
[This section features interesting and noteworthy news
about ECEC and related issues in Canada and internationally.]

· Mother: How was my 6-year-old left behind?
[CA-NS] 14 Jul 10

· Stony Plain daycare shut down by province
[CA-AB] 13 Jul 10

· Why is Labor ignoring child care cost blowouts?
[AU] 13 Jul 10

· Flexibility, perks draw and retain employees
[CA-NL] 12 Jul 10

· Extended day program nixed; Due to lack of interest
from parents, Upper Grand won't offer extended child care

[CA-ON] 9 Jul 10

· Our children, our future
[CA] 3 Jul 10

· Mothers speak on childcare funding models
[CA-NB] 1 Jul 10

July 11, 2010

What's new online:
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have been featured on the CRRU homepage..]

Increased capacity for group child care (school age)
7 Jul 10 - In advance of starting full-day kindergarten, the BC government has amended child care licensing regulations to increase ratios and group size for before- and after-school care.

School age child care: Change in regulations will erode quality
7 Jul 10 - Press release from the Coalition of Child Care Advocates of BC critiques the provincial government's recent announcement on before- and after-school child care.

Transition: Family diversity
7 Jul 10 - Latest issue of Vanier Institute of the Family's Transition magazine features key findings from the soon-to-be-released fourth edition of Profiling Canada's Families.

Child care and parental leave in Sweden: Implications for women's employment and gender equality
7 Jul 10 - Conference paper explores Swedish family policy, current patterns of women's employment and gender equality in work and family life.

child care in the news:
[This section features interesting and noteworthy news
about ECEC and related issues in Canada and internationally.]

· Child care centres will get support
7 Jul 10

· No before or after-school day care in Northumberland public schools
[CA-ON] 7 Jul 10

· Canada's leaders promote health care for children everywhere but at home
[CA] 6 Jul 10

· Funding children early in life is money well spent
[CA] 4 Jul 10

· Full-day kindergarten program disrupts child care funding
[CA-ON] 4 Jul 10

· Wrong move on census
[CA] 3 Jul 10

· Day care centre will close July 17th
[CA-ON] 30 Jun 10

· The needs of Canada's Aboriginal children
[CA-BC] 29 Jun 10

July 4, 2010

What's new online:
[This section archives documents that
have been featured on the CRRU homepage..]

Child care is a right
30 Jun 10
- Project by the Coalition of Child Care Advocates of BC will explore Canada's international treaty obligations to women, children and families as they pertain to child care.

What is your image of the child?
30 Jun 10
- UNESCO Policy Brief by Peter Moss discusses how social constructions of the child shape policies, provisions and practices; uses Reggio Emilia as an example.

Occupational standards for early childhood educators: Companion documents
30 Jun 10
- Child Care Human Resources Sector Council has released a task profile chart and how-to guide to accompany their recent occupational standards document.

Children, pupils and staff: National level
30 Jun 10
- Report from the Swedish National Agency for Education (Skolverket) presents Sweden's official statistics on pre-school activities, school-age child care and schools.

child care in the news:
[This section features interesting and noteworthy news
about ECEC and related issues in Canada and internationally.]

· Did 'tough love' cut poverty rate?
[CA] 30 Jun 10

· Japan urges more dads to swap desk for diapers
[JP] 29 Jun 10

· Revelstoke neighborhood learning center breaks ground
[CA-BC] 29 Jun 10

· School boards add more full-day classes
[CA-ON] 28 Jun 10

· Families face barriers to Vancouver childcare
[CA-BC] 21 Jun 10

· More new dads take parental leave [CA] 16 Jun 10

June 27, 2010

What's new online:
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have been featured on the CRRU homepage..]

Implementing early learning: Status report
23 Jun 10
- Staff report from Toronto Children's Services discusses the impact of Ontario's early learning program on child care in the city; offers recommendations -- including a base funding model -- to create a sustainable and high quality system.

School's out...and so is physical activity warns The Heart and Stroke Foundation
23 Jun 10
- Survey finds "the majority of kids in the GTA will be missing out on physical activity this summer, as parents scramble to find child care solutions once school is out".

New poverty figures show poverty eradication must be part of recession recovery
23 Jun 10
- Press release from Campaign 2000 calls for action to end child poverty as new statistics show Canada's child poverty rate is still 9 per cent.

Gathering labour market information on Canada's early childhood education
and care (ECEC) workforce: Data collection methods and classification systems

23 Jun 10
- Report from the Child Care Human Resources Sector Council summarizes data collection tools and classification systems used in Canada, types of data collected, who uses the information and why the data are important.


child care in the news:
[This section features interesting and noteworthy news
about ECEC and related issues in Canada and internationally.]

· Kids on holiday, parents on overtime
[IE] 22 Jun 10

· Summer time often means no play time for kids: Survey
[CA] 21 Jun 10

· Gay workers will get time to care for partner's sick child
[US] 21 Jun 10

· Stay-at-home dads shattering stereotypes
[CA] 19 Jun 10

· More new dads take parental leave
[CA] 16 Jun 10

· No vacancies for our children
[AU] 7 Jun 10

June 20, 2010

What's new online:
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have been featured on the CRRU homepage..]

Caught in the time crunch: Time use, leisure and culture in Canada
16 Jun 10
- Report from the Canadian Index of Wellbeing finds Canadians, especially women, are caught in a time crunch; recommends "meeting the needs of modern families through family friendly social policies".

Full-day early learning kindergarten program for four- and five-year-olds: A reference guide for educators
16 Jun 10
- Companion document to Ontario's draft curriculum, this reference guide is designed to facilitate discussions among principals, teachers and ECEs on the implementation of the full-day early learning program.

LEAF 25th anniversary timeline
16 Jun 10
- To mark its 25th anniversary, the Women's Legal Education and Action Fund has created a timeline that follows women's struggles, successes and advancement in Canada.

New Democrats introduce bold poverty elimination strategy with federal mandate
16 Jun 10
- NDP's Tony Martin introduces An Act to Eliminate Poverty, legislation that sets out a comprehensive, national poverty elimination strategy.


child care in the news:
[This section features interesting and noteworthy news
about ECEC and related issues in Canada and internationally.]

· Canadians, particularly women, caught in time crunch
[CA] 15 Jun 10

· All-day kindergarten a hit, but extended programs prove less popular
[CA-ON] 15 Jun 10

· Some all-day kindergarten in jeopardy, Peel board warns
[CA-ON] 15 Jun 10

· B.C. schools to see $140M building boom
[CA-BC] 15 Jun 10

· Ontario reveals schools that will receive second wave of all-day kindergarten
[CA-ON] 14 Jun 10

· In Sweden, men can have it all
[SE] 9 Jun 10

· New day care to serve SIAST needs
[CA-SK] 31 May 10

June 13, 2010

What's new online:
[This section archives documents that
have been featured on the CRRU homepage..]

The full-day early learning - kindergarten program
9 Jun 10
- Draft curriculum from the Ontario Ministry of Education sets out expectations for the province's new full-day early learning programs, beginning Fall 2010.

Quality, outcomes and costs in early years education
9 Jun 10
- Report for the British Office of National Statistics based on data from the Millennium Cohort Study looks at relationship between quality of early years education and children's outcomes in primary school.

The mothers' voices project: Final report
9 Jun 10
- Report from the New Brunswick Child Care Coalition presents discussions with mothers across the province about their child care experiences; finds costs, accessibility and quality are common concerns.

OCBCC/CUPE post card campaign
3 Jun 10 - Campaign by the Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care and CUPE asks Ontarians to tell the provincial government, "Don't drop the ball...on early learning and care".


child care in the news:

[This section features interesting and noteworthy news
about ECEC and related issues in Canada and internationally.]

· PEI leadership on childcare an example for others, says CUPE
[CA-PE] 9 Jun 10

· Little demand for after-school care for full-day kindergarten students, province finds
[CA-ON] 8 Jun 10

· Starting young in early years education boosts Foundation Stage Profile scores
[UK] 8 Jun 10

· Ottawa daycare shut down over health and safety concerns
[CA-ON] 7 Jun 10

· School board, B.C. going head to head on financial feud
[CA-BC] 7 Jun 10

· Coalition pushes universal childcare idea
[CA-NB] 2 Jun 10

· New day care to serve SIAST needs
[CA-SK] 31 May 10

June 6, 2010

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have been featured on the CRRU homepage..]

OCBCC/CUPE post card campaign
Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care and Canadian Union of Public Employees
Publication date: 3 Jun 10 --- Posting date: 3 Jun 10

The rise and fall of economic and social rights. What's next?
Broadbent, Ed
Publication date: 29 May 10 --- Posting date: 2 Jun 10

Reflections on shaping an integrated system of early learning & child care and education for children in Canada
Canadian Child Care Federation
Publication date: 1 Apr 10 --- Posting date: 2 Jun 10

Keeping mum: Child care as a vote winning issue
Daycare Trust & Bounty Parenting Club
Publication date: 29 Mar 10 --- Posting date: 2 Jun 10


child care in the news:

[This section features interesting and noteworthy news
about ECEC and related issues in Canada and internationally.]

Daycare viability still a major question [CA-PE]
CBC News
Publication date: 2 Jun 10 --- Posting date: 2 Jun 10

ABC Learning Centres overstated assets by $1.2bn [AU]
Fraser, Andrew
Publication date: 2 Jun 10 --- Posting date: 2 Jun 10

Child care produces tremendous economic benefits [CA-BC]
National Union of Public and General Employees
Publication date: 1 Jun 10 --- Posting date: 2 Jun 10

Rural daycares could have trouble meeting numbers [CA-PE]
CBC News
Publication date: 1 Jun 10 --- Posting date: 2 Jun 10

New day care to serve SIAST needs [CA-SK]
Adamko, Alanna
Publication date: 31 May 10 --- Posting date: 2 Jun 05

Waiting list frustrating [CA-SK]
Adamko, Alanna
Publication date: 31 May 10 --- Posting date: 2 Jun 10

Childcare changes put pressure on college [CA-PE]
CBC News
Publication date: 31 May 10 --- Posting date: 2 Jun 10

Educators pleased with Preschool Excellence Initiative [CA-PE]
Burn, Stephen
Publication date: 31 May 10 --- Posting date: 2 Jun 10

Province announces new Preschool Excellence Initiative [CA-PE]
The Guardian
Publication date: 28 May 10 --- Posting date: 28 May 10

Province reveals plan to revitalize early childhood sector today [CA-PE]
Wright, Teresa
Publication date: 28 May 10 --- Posting date: 28 May 10

May 30, 2010

What's new online:
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have been featured on the CRRU homepage..]

Preschool Excellence Initiative (PEI)
28 May 10
- Government of Prince Edward Island promises major reform of their early childhood system.

Link between child care and academic achievement and behavior persists into adolescence
26 May 10
- Latest research from the NICHD longitudinal study points to lasting importance of high quality care.

Composite learning index 2010
26 May 10
- Canadian Council on Learning releases the results of its annual measure of lifelong learning; finds Canada's score stalled in 2010.

Nursery university
26 May 10
- Documentary provides an exclusive look into the world of New York's "preschool scramble", where parents battle to place their children in elite nursery schools with limited spaces and high price tags.


child care in the news:

[This section features interesting and noteworthy news
about ECEC and related issues in Canada and internationally.]

· P.E.I. to regulate daycare costs

[CA-PE] 28 May 10

· Province announces new Preschool Excellence Initiative
[CA-PE] 28 May 10

· Province reveals plan to revitalize early childhood sector today
[CA-PE] 28 May 10

· A mother's catch-22
[US] 26 May 10

· Student parents facing 'day-care crisis'
[CA-SK] 26 May 10

· UCLA's Early Care & Education child services program faces budget constraints
[US] 26 May 10

· CalWORKs program threatened statewide
[US] 24 May 10

· Is Ottawa leaving women behind?
[CA] 22 May 10

· Kinder, kuche... Germany's lowest birthrate yet blamed on dated policy
[DE] 19 May 10

· Study shows benefits from early daycare
[US] 14 May 10

May 22, 2010

What's new online:
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have been featured on the CRRU homepage..]

International perspectives: Canada- A brave campaign for state provision
21 May 10
- Article by Helen Penn discussing her visit to Canada, our advocacy organization and the state of childcare in Canada and the UK.

Measuring the quality of early childhood education and care programs
20 May 10
- Presentations from the Atkinson Centre, OISE/UT symposium 'Monitoring quality in ECEC programs'.

Cutting through the fog: Why is it so hard to make sense of poverty measures?
20 May 10
- Paper from the Metcalf Foundation examining how we measure poverty levels, the working poor, child benefits, unemployment and Employment Insurance.

Canada at 150: The social agenda
19 May 10
- Paper from the Caledon Institute of Social Policy discussing our nation's main social challenges in the future: Canada as a productive, caring and aging society.

"Think big. Shape the world"
19 May 10
- Closing speech by Michael Ignatieff from the Canada at 150 conference in Montreal. Highlights include the need in Canada for a pan- Canadian learning plan that includes early learning and child care for every Canadian family that wants it.

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child care in the news:
[This section features interesting and noteworthy news
about ECEC and related issues in Canada and internationally.]

· San Anton and Edleun announce completion of the second tranche of subscription receipt financing
[CA] 19 May 10

· Good daycare key investment for Canada - businesswoman
[CA] 18 May 10

· Province eases stance on locking daycares
[CA-MB] 18 May 10

· Windsor day care workers to receive layoff notices
[CA-ON] 18 May 10

· Violations found at Halifax daycare
7 May 10

· Boy, 2, unharmed after daycare forgot him in north-end park [CA-NS] 5 May 10

May 16, 2010

What's new online
This section archives documents that have been featured on the CRRU homepage.

Perspectives of play in three nations: A comparative study in Japan, the United States, and Sweden 10 May 10 - Reflective paper from Early Childhood Research and Practice discussing the similarities and differences in perspectives on play among early childhood educators.

State of child care in Australia 10 May 10 - Report from the Australian Government focusing on child care in Australia over the past 5 years. Administrative and survey data are included.

Healthy habits start earlier than you think 10 May 10 - Report card from Active Healthy Kids Canada examining the state of physical activity in Canada with a focus on the early years.

Caring and learning together 10 May 10 - Cross- national study by Kaga Yoshie, John Bennett and Peter Moss looking at the integration of early childhood care and education within education.

child care in the news
This section features interesting and noteworthy news about ECEC and related issues in Canada and internationally.

· Labor's New Child Centres are gone but families continue to struggle for places
[AU] 10 May 10

· Alternative to school closings
[CA-ON] 9 May 10

· Child Care Now!
[CA] 7 May 10

· Women's group cuts 'ideological': MPs
[CA] 5 May 10

May 9, 2010

What's new online
This section archives documents that have been featured on the CRRU homepage.

Innovations in provincial early learning curriculum frameworks
4 May 10
- Newly published chapter by Rachel Langford, Ryerson University, describing and analyzing the various provincial early learning curriculum frameworks.

Social determinants of health: The Canadian facts
4 May 10
- Report from The Canadian Facts exploring the 14 primary social determinants of health, including early childhood development, for Canadians.

Working for a living wage 2010
4 May 10
- Report calculating the living wage necessary for a dual income family in Metro Vancouver to pay for necessities and support the healthy development of their children.

Child poverty and child well-being in the European Union
4 May 10
- Report by TARKI and Applica exploring child poverty and the effectiveness of policies to reduce child poverty and promote social inclusion in EU Member States.

The State of Preschool 2009
4 May 10
- Annual report from NIEER profiling state-funded prekindergarten programs in the United States.

child care in the news
This section features interesting and noteworthy news about ECEC and related issues in Canada and internationally.

· Hard times derail growth of state-funded preschool [US]
4 May 10

· The real cost of raising a family in Metro Vancouver [CA-BC]
4 May 10

· Daycare safety charter unveiled [CA-MB]
3 May 10

· $57 million cut to childcare subsidies [NZ]
2 May 10

· Time for a close look at daycare system [CA-QC]
2 May 10

· That sinking feeling [AU]
1 May 10

May 1, 2010

What's new online
This section archives documents that have been featured on the CRRU homepage.

Prince Edward Island budget 2010
27 Apr 10
- PEI budget promises new funding for full-day kindergarten and child care; full report on kindergarten transition expected in the next two weeks.

Ontario passes full-day learning Act
27 Apr 10
- Press release from the Ontario Ministry of Education on the passage of full-day early learning legislation; transfers responsibility for child care policy to Ministry of Education.

Socioeconomic benefits and labour market developments for New Brunswick
27 Apr 10
- Presentation by economist Robert Fairholm for the New Brunswick Child Care Coalition discusses short and long term benefits of investing in ECEC; offers recommendations for NB.

Cashing in on kids
27 Apr 10
- Pulitzer Prize winning series "uncovers a trail of phony companies, fake reports and shoddy oversight" in Wisconsin voucher program.

child care in the news
This section features interesting and noteworthy news about ECEC and related issues in Canada and internationally.

Scrapped childcare was under budgeted
Franklin, Matthew
Publication date: 28 Apr 10 --- Posting date: 27 Apr 10

Quebec overhauls publicly funded daycares
Seguin, Rheal
Publication date: 26 Apr 10

Coffey breaks ECD dilemma
Corbett, Graeme
Publication date: 24 Apr 10

Don't expect Marry Poppins
Mrozek, Andrea
Publication date: 23 Apr 10

Peel board draws line on full-day kindergarten
Rushowy, Kristin
Publication date: 22 Apr 10

April 25, 2010

What's new online
This section archives documents that have been featured on the CRRU homepage.

Taking action against poverty: Supporting education and building Canada through the elimination of child poverty
21 Apr 10
- Canadian Teachers' Federation urges federal action on child poverty, including "a universal child care system providing dedicated funding for high quality care and early intervention".

Transition: Recession realities
21 Apr 10
- Latest issue of the Vanier Institute of the Family's quarterly magazine focuses on the recession's impact on families; includes articles by sociologist Kate Bezanson and the CLC Communities in Crisis Research Team.

Recession, stimulus and the child care sector: Understanding economic dynamics, calculating impact
21 Apr 10
- Brief by Mildred Warner from Cornell University calculates the stimulus effects of increased child care spending on output and employment in state economies.

Evidence-based programming in the context of practice and policy
21 Apr 10
- Recent edition of the Social Policy Report (US) discusses the "complexities, uncertainties, and limitations" of replicating "evidence-based programs". The main article is followed by three commentaries.

child care in the news
This section features interesting and noteworthy news about ECEC and related issues in Canada and internationally.

· Canadian teachers give failing grade to child poverty efforts [CA]
20 Apr 10

· Beyond Boomercentrism [CA]
20 Apr 10

· Allegations of favouritism in awarding daycare permits resurface in Quebec [CA-QC]
20 Apr 10

· Pricing questions as ABC Learning Centres probe continues [AU]
19 Apr 10

· More data needed on full-day learning [CA-ON]
17 Apr 10

· Cambrian College closing day care [CA-ON]
15 Apr 10

· University of Toronto Mississauga closes Early Learning Centre [CA-ON]
15 Apr 10

April 17, 2010

What's new online
This section archives documents that have been featured on the CRRU homepage.

Full-day early learning-kindergarten program (draft version)
14 Apr 10
- Draft document from the Ontario Ministry of Education provides "learning expectations" for the new full-day early learning program to be implemented September 2010.

Province invests $5 million in child care
14 Apr 10
- Press release from the Government of Nova Scotia promises funding for fee subsidies and an Early Childhood Enhancement grant.

CUPE Nova Scotia welcomes new child care money-but says it raises many questions
14 Apr 10
- Press release from CUPE Nova Scotia expresses concern that the province's new funding is open to for-profit operators.

New Brunswick early learning and child care act: Two organizations recommend modifications
14 Apr 10
- Press release from the New Brunswick Child Care Coalition recommends that NB "move away from a model where the government funds parents and work towards a model where funds flow directly to child care early childhood education programs."

Supporting parenting
14 Apr 10
- Latest issue of Bernard van Leer's Early Childhood in Focus looks at parenting support programs in five countries; identifies practical questions for policy makers, advocates and practitioners to consider.

Can early childhood education and care help keep Canada's promise of respect for diversity?
9 Apr 10
- Occasional Paper by Martha Friendly and Nina Prabhu explores "the role that public policy could play in positioning ECEC programs to contribute to realization of Canada's promise of respect for diversity."

child care in the news
This section features interesting and noteworthy news about ECEC and related issues in Canada and internationally.

Kids first is proper strategy
Stephenson, Marilla
Publication date: 14 Apr 10 --- Posting date: 14 Apr 10

N.B Child Care Coalition wants to change act
Times and Transcript
Publication date: 13 Apr 10 --- Posting date: 14 Apr 05

Help with child care costs
Borden Colley, Sherri
Publication date: 13 Apr 10 --- Posting date: 14 Apr 10

Analysis: More woman trouble for Stephen Harper and his cabinet
Delacourt, Susan
Publication date: 12 Apr 10 --- Posting date: 14 Apr 10

Full-day learning draws last-minute fears
Brown, Louise
Publication date: 12 Apr 10 --- Posting date: 14 Apr 10

April 11, 2010

Can early childhood education and care help keep Canada's promise of respect for diversity?
9 Apr 10
- Occasional Paper by Martha Friendly and Nina Prabhu explores "the role that public policy could play in positioning ECEC programs to contribute to realization of Canada's promise of respect for diversity."

Gender brief
7 Apr 10
- Report from the OECD gives a detailed overview of gender differences in OECD countries on main employment and social issues; Canada has 4th largest gender wage gap.

Quality costs: Paying for early childhood education and care
7 Apr 10
- Report from the Daycare Trust (England) "aims to identify the elements required for high quality provision of ECEC and to establish and cost a high quality model."

Early years engineering
7 Apr 10
- Video from Teachers TV shows how kindergartens in Germany have teamed up with engineering companies to develop teacher training and materials, including simple electrical circuits.

Joining up and scaling up: A vision for early childhood education and care
31 Mar 10
- Article by Martha Friendly in Education Canada discusses the full day early learning program in Ontario and how to create an ECEC system in Canada by "joining up" the existing patchwork of programs and "scaling" them up to reach more children.

child care in the news

· Why even have a Status of Women's Minister?
7 Apr 10

· A society of nervous wrecks
7 Apr 10

· CUPE Nova Scotia has "mixed reaction" to Provincial budget
6 Apr 10

· Spend on daycare instead of jails
4 Apr 10

· Not only classrooms are on chopping block
4 Apr 10

· Korea's gender-wage gap widest
3 Apr 10

· Schools should provide before, after class care for full-day program, advocates say
2 Apr 10

April 5, 2010

What's new online
This section archives documents that have been featured on the CRRU homepage. Items are in chronological order by posting date from the most recent to the least recent. Follow the title link for details.

Joining up and scaling up: A vision for early childhood education and care
31 Mar 10
- Article by Martha Friendly in Education Canada discusses the full day early learning program in Ontario and how to create an ECEC system in Canada by "joining up" the existing patchwork of programs and "scaling" them up to reach more children.

Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, Volume 11, number 1
31 Mar 10
- Recent volume of Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood features articles by Peter Moss and Rachel Langford, and a study of privatization in New Zealand.

Mending Canada's frayed social safety net: The role of municipal governments
31 Mar 10
- Report from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities says cities are filling gaps in the social safety net left by federal and provincial governments.

State of learning in Canada: A year in review
31 Mar 10
- Report from the Canadian Council on Learning "provides the most up-to-date information available on Canada's learning landscape."

Ontario budget 24 Mar 10 - Ontario government says the budget will fill $63.5 million gap in child care funding.

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Child care in the news
This section features interesting and noteworthy news about ECEC and related issues in Canada and internationally. Items are listed in chronological order by publication date from the most recent to the least recent. Follow the title link for excerpts.

· Childcare subsidy cuts hurt students
31 Mar 10

· Ottawa to test for toxic dust in daycares
31 Mar 10

· Kindergarten expansion expected to cause space shortages
30 Mar 10

· Day care operator might try to have guilty plea thrown out
[CA-ON] 28 Mar 10

· Kids' stuff- childcare money appears
26 Mar 10

· Ontario pumps billions into education
25 Mar 10

March 28, 2010

What's new online
This section archives documents that have been featured on the CRRU homepage. Items are in chronological order by posting date from the most recent to the least recent. Follow the title link for details.

Ontario budget
various
Posting date: 25 Mar 10

Newfoundland and Labrador Speech from the Throne
Government of Newfoundland and Labrador
Posting date: 24 Mar 10

Occupational standards for early childhood educators
Child Care Human Resources Sector Council
Posting date: 24 Mar 10

Towards a framework for assessing family policies in the EU
Lohmann, Henning; H. Peter, Frauke; Rostgaard, Tine & Spiess, C. Katharina
Posting date: 24 Mar 10

Child care in the news

This section features interesting and noteworthy news about ECEC and related issues in Canada and internationally. Items are listed in chronological order by publication date from the most recent to the least recent. Follow the title link for excerpts.

Staying home with the kids [CA]
National Post
Posting date: 24 Mar 10

Daycare gets budget bailout [CA-ON]
Benzie, Robert
Posting date: 24 Mar 10

Daycare system near collapse, advocates say [CA-ON]
Monsebraaten, Laurie
Posting date: 24 Mar 10

Mandated provincial all-day childcare could impact YMCA [CA-ON]
Ross, Sara
Posting date: 24 Mar 10

Newfoundland Throne Speech focuses on child care, human rights [CA-NL]
Bailey, Sue
Posting date: 24 Mar 10

March 21, 2010

What's new online

Child care costs across Canada
18 Mar 10
- Article from Today's Parent magazine reports results of an online survey of parents about child care fees and their feelings about the quality of the child care centres.

Moving to a system of integrated early care and learning in BC
17 Mar 10
- Project from the Coalition of Child Care Advocates of BC examines the relationship between "full school-day kindergarten for 4 and 5 year olds and BC's existing child care services".

Outdoor preschool - Norway
17 Mar 10
- Video from Journeyman Pictures focuses on an outdoor preschool in the northern Norwegian town of Tromso where, every day, children learn in nature.

Enhancing learning of children from diverse language backgrounds: Mother tongue-based bilingual or multilingual education in early childhood and early primary school years
17 Mar 10
- Report from University of Victoria's Early Childhood Development Intercultural Partnerships centre for UNESCO.

Child care in the news

· Zerbisias: Child care still big stumbling block
[CA]
17 Mar 10

· Ontario's $63.5 million child care question
[CA-ON]
16 Mar 10

· Stephen Harper asked about child care during Youtube interview
16 Mar 10

· Reconsider daycare closure
[CA-ON]
16 Mar 10

· B.C. government won't divulge details of preschool plan
[CA-BC]
14 Mar 10

· McGuinty Liberals created daycare woes
[CA-ON]
13 Mar 10

· Porter: More men needed to fill the gap in daycare
[CA]
13 Mar 10

· Escalating child care costs worry city
[CA-ON]
13 Mar 10

· Child-care funding pays dividends
[CA-ON]
11 Mar 10

March 14, 2010

The deja vu all over again budget
10 Mar 10
- Analysis of the federal budget by the Caledon Institute of Social Policy finds that despite taxation change, the UCCB remains a "complicated and inequitable" social program.

Global gender gap report 2009
10 Mar 10
- Canada ranks 25th in report from the World Economic Forum that assesses how well countries divide their resources and opportunities among men and women.

Commemorating International Women's Day
10 Mar 10
- News, resources and an IWD 2010 message from CRRU.

Why play?
10 Mar 10
- Brochures for parents and child care providers from the Canadian Association of Family Resource programs offer information on play and child development in 11 languages.

Pre-budget updates on child care in Ontario
3 Mar 10
- Leading up to the Ontario provincial budget, CRRU is collecting news stories and reports on current issues in child care in Ontario.

child care in the news

· Federal budget child-care tax break causes new headache for feds
[CA] 10 Mar 10

· US ranks 31 in the global gender gap
9 Mar 10

· From a woman's perspective: Canada's place in the world
[CA] 9 Mar 10

· Windsor urged to review child care closures
[CA-ON] 9 Mar 10

· Recommit to women's liberation
8 Mar 10

· Funding our childcare crisis
[CA-ON] 6 Mar 10

· Mothering research centre to close
[CA-ON] 5 Mar 10

· Still a long way to go
[CA] 4 Mar 10

March 7, 2010

What's new online

This section archives documents that have been featured on the CRRU
homepage. Items are in chronological order by posting date from the most
recent to the least recent. Follow the title link for details.

Women and children still last: No thank you, Mr. Flaherty!
5 Mar 10
- Press release from Campaign 2000 responds to the federal budget; says "tinkering with the UCCB... is far from a substitute for a system of accessible high quality ECEC."

Federal budget 2010
5 Mar 10
- Government of Canada announces change in taxation rules of UCCB for single parent families.

Speech from the Throne
3 Mar 10
- Federal government says they will make changes to the Universal Child Care Benefit (UCCB) for single-parent families.

Alternative federal budget 2010: Getting the job done right
3 Mar 10
- Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives calls for Canada to implement a national child care strategy that includes public funding, public planning and public reporting.

Canada and the Beijing +15 review
3 Mar 10
- The UN Commission on the Status of Women is reviewing implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. CRRU has collected Canada's reports, civil society response and media articles.

Pre-budget updates on child care in Ontario
3 Mar 10
- Leading up to the Ontario provincial budget, CRRU is collecting news stories and reports on current issues in child care in Ontario.

child care in the news

· Feds must 'step up' to fund child care in Ontario
[CA-ON] 3 Mar 10

· Don't cut daycare subsidy, city told
[CA-ON] 3 Mar 10

· Full text of BC Finance Minister Colin Hansen's budget speech
[CA-BC] 2 Mar 10

· Grandparents risk hardship by taking on childcare
[UK] 2 Mar 10

· Politicians drop the daycare ball
[CA-ON] 1 Mar 10

· Feds told to raise taxes, cancel cuts
[CA] 1 Mar 10

· Proposed daycare hike 'infuriating' for parents
[CA-ON] 27 Feb 10

February 28, 2010

What's new online

This section archives documents that have been featured on the CRRU
homepage. Items are in chronological order by posting date from the most
recent to the least recent. Follow the title link for details.

Preschool Matters January/February 2010
24 Feb 10
- Latest issue of the National Institute for Early Education Research's magazine: W. Steven Barnett on why targeted programs get it wrong.

Preschoolers enrolled and mothers at work? The effects of universal pre-kindergarten
24 Feb 10
- Report from the US Census Bureau for Economic Studies investigates the introduction of universal pre-K in three US states and its effect on children's enrollment and mother labour force participation.

Proposed regulatory amendments to the Day Nurseries Act
24 Feb 10
- Consultation document from the Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services proposes changes to Ontario child care regulations, including age grouping, group sizes and ratios.

Alert - proposed changes to the Day Nurseries Act
24 Feb 10
- Response from the Association and Early Childhood Educators Ontario and the Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care to the Ontario government's proposed changes to the Day Nurseries Act.

child care in the news

· Zerbisias: Canada's standing nosedives in annual gender gap ranking
[CA] 24 Feb 10

· What does the UCCB have to show for itself after four years?
[CA] 24 Feb 10

· Parents, unions protest plan to close dozens of schools
[CA-ON] 23 Feb 10

· Don't let child care suffer because of full-day kindergarten
[CA-ON] 22 Feb 10

· Forty years later the Royal Commission on the Status of Women still reverberates
[CA] 22 Feb 10

· From worst to first: A call for better child care
[CA] 12 Feb 10

February 20, 2010

What's new online

This section archives documents that have been featured on the CRRU
homepage. Items are in chronological order by posting date from the most
recent to the least recent. Follow the title link for details.

Happy birthday UCCB: What can we show for the past 4 years?
17 Feb 10
- Open letter to the leaders of Canada's political parties from the Child Care Advocacy Association of Canada and Campaign 2000.

The current state of Canadian family finances: 2009 report
17 Feb 10
- Report from the Vanier Institute of the Family finds that "while the recession may 'technically' be over, it will be a long and challenging recovery for Canadian families."

Alternative federal budget consultation
17 Feb 10
- Online survey from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives asks what your priorities would be for the federal budget.

Children of the 21st century (Volume 2): The first five years
17 Feb 10
- Second book from the UK Millennium Cohort Study tracks the first five years of almost 19,000 babies born in 2000 and 2001; discusses development and implications for family policy.

Math and science in preschool: Policies and practice
17 Feb 10
- Brief from the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) discusses the development of mathematics and science understanding in preschool children.

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child care in the news

· Ofsted to privatise nursery inspections
[GB] 17 Feb 10

· Children can fall behind as early as nine months
[GB] 17 Feb 10

· Child-care facts are flawed
[CA] 16 Feb 10

· Universal child care Ignatieff's flawed and expensive plan
[CA] 10 Feb 10

· Gender equality and child development: Re-thinking family policy 5 Feb 10

February 14, 2010

What's new online

This section archives documents that have been featured on the CRRU
homepage. Items are in chronological order by posting date from the most
recent to the least recent. Follow the title link for details.

Happy birthday UCCB: What can we show for the past 4 years?
11 Feb 10
- Open letter to the leaders of Canada's political parties from the Child Care Advocacy Association of Canada and Campaign 2000

Hard truths: Canada's social deficit
10 Feb 10
- Presentation by the president of the Canadian Council on Social Development explores the "relentless erosion of the social fabric of our country."

No action: No progress
10 Feb 10
- Report from the Feminist Alliance for International Action (FAFIA) on Canada's progress in implementing recommendations made by the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women in 2008.

Layton challenges other leaders to put Canadian women and children first
10 Feb 10
- NDP leader calls on all federal parties to make women and children a priority in the next session of Parliament.

Education reform starts early: Lessons from New Jersey's preK-3rd reform efforts
10 Feb 10
- Report from New America Foundation describes how New Jersey improved its early education system following a Supreme Court decision mandating high quality provision of pre-K in high poverty areas.


child care in the news

· Children matter: Equity and childcare on campus
[CA] 10 Feb 10

· Subsidy cuts mean fewer daycare spots
[CA-ON] 8 Feb 10

· Jack Layton: There is suffering in our own backyard
8 Feb 10

· Daycare in Toronto is expensive and hard to find
[CA-ON] 5 Feb 10

· Child care is not an evil -- it's a necessity
[CA] 5 Feb 10

· Daycare wasn't just a 'promise', Martin says
[CA] 4 Feb 10

· Fathers to get six months' paternity leave
[GB] 28 Jan 10

February 7, 2010

What's new online

This section archives documents that have been featured on the CRRU
homepage. Items are in chronological order by posting date from the most
recent to the least recent. Follow the title link for details.

Early learning impact analysis of subsidy removal
3 Feb 10
- Report from the Centre for Spatial Economics estimates the short-term impacts on the Ontario economy of the ending of $63.5 million in child care funding.

Cost savings analysis of school readiness in Michigan 3 Feb 10 - Report from Wilder Research (US) estimates the current savings to Michigan from past investments in early childhood, the costs of not investing, and the additional benefits of expansion.

Administration reverses a decade of indifference: Budget proposal expands quality child care and early education opportunities
3 Feb 10
- Press release from the Centre for Law and Social Policy summarizes significance to US child care of the Obama government's latest budget proposals.

Families and communities engagement in education
3 Feb 10
- Working paper from the New Zealand Council for Educational Research reports findings from a 2008/09 study of what parents and teachers think about parent engagement.

child care in the news

· Ignatieff champions just cause of our kids
[CA] 3 Feb 10

· Liberals' daycare pledge
[CA] 3 Feb 10

· Child-care cuts a risk to economy
[CA-ON] 3 Feb 10

· Child care, education worth it- Ignatieff
[CA] 2 Feb 10
· Windsor council votes to get out of the daycare business
[CA-ON] 2 Feb 10

· No place for 'big box' child care
[CA-ON] 2 Feb 10

· Schools face fall overload
[CA-BC] 2 Feb 10

· Ontario eyes lower child care standards
[CA-ON] 27 Jan 10

January 24, 2010

What's new online

This section archives documents that have been featured on the CRRU
homepage. Items are in chronological order by posting date from the most
recent to the least recent. Follow the title link for details.

Overcoming poverty together: The New Brunswick economic and social inclusion plan
20 Jan 10
- New Brunswick poverty reduction plan promises expansion of child care spaces and introduction of an Early Learning and Child Care Act.

Implementation of early learning program and Toronto's child care funding risks and pressures
20 Jan 10
- Staff report to the City of Toronto's Community Development Committee outlines issues surrounding Ontario's new full-day early learning program and offers strategies to address them.

Keep the aspirations flying
20 Jan 10
- Video from Teachers.tv shows how an English primary school transformed their outdoor space from barren concrete to a thriving garden for play and learning.

Children and cities: Planning to grow together
20 Jan 10
- Report from the Vanier Institute of the Family discusses the current and possible roles of children in urban planning

child care in the news

· Fighting poverty with new child care
[CA] 20 Jan 10

· Harper changing way we talk, think about Canada
[CA] 20 Jan 10

· The good mother, and modern politician
[DE] 17 Jan 10

· Sensible changes for kindergarten
[CA-ON] 16 Jan 10

· In Germany, a tradition falls, and women rise
[DE] 16 Jan 10

January 17, 2010

What's new online

Tackling women's and children's poverty- Early learning and care services are part of the solution
13 Jan 10
- Submission prepared by Susan Prentice discussing the relationship between children's and women's poverty and the need for a national ELCC program.

What do we know about the impact of publicly funded preschool education on the supply and quality of infant/toddler care?
13 Jan 10
- Working paper from NIEER discussing the impact of state funded preschool education on the supply and quality of infant and toddler care in the US.

Childcare businesses as social enterprises
13 Jan 10
- Presentations from an ICMEC's seminar exploring the childcare business from two separate angles by two childcare entrepreneurs.

Increasing Canada's productivity through early childhood development
13 Jan 10
- Resolution passed by The Canadian Chamber of Commerce on a universal early childhood development program.

Effective early childhood programmes
Publication date: 1 Oct 09 --- Posting date: 6 Jan 10
Periodical from the Bernard van Leer Foundation looking at policy issues for effective early childhood education and care programmes.

Writing an inclusion policy: A guide for child care centres and homes
Healthy Child Manitoba, Government of Manitoba
Publication date: 1 Aug 09 --- Posting date: 6 Jan 10
Guide from the Government of Manitoba created to assist child care centres and family child care homes in the development of inclusion policies.

Preventing obesity in the child care setting
Publication date: 9 Dec 09 --- Posting date: 6 Jan 10
Report from Duke University School of Medicine examining US state regulations for preventing obesity in child care settings.

child care in the news

· Full-day kindergarten may become all-year affair
[CA-ON] 13 Jan 10

· Full-day kindergarten about education: activist
[CA-ON] 13 Jan 10

· Boards prep for kindergarten rush
[CA-ON] 13 Jan 10

· Ontario announces $1.5-billion all-day learning for four and five-year-olds
[CA-ON] 12 Jan 10

· Childcare group in liquidation
[NZ] 12 Jan 10

· Better plan required for early childhood
[IE] 12 Jan 10

January 9, 2010

The provision of childcare services: A comparative review of 30 European countries
6 Jan 10
- Report from the European Commission comparing the childcare services of its 27 EU Member States and three EEA countries.

Preventing obesity in the child care setting
6 Jan 10
- Report from Duke University School of Medicine examining US state regulations for preventing obesity in child care settings.

Writing an inclusion policy: A guide for child care centres and homes
6 Jan 10
- Guide from the Government of Manitoba created to assist child care centres and family child care homes in the development of inclusion policies.

Effective early childhood programmes
6 Jan 10
- Periodical from the Bernard van Leer Foundation looking at policy issues for effective early childhood education and care programmes.

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child care in the news


· Full-day kindergarten plan draws fire
[CA-ON] 8 Jan 10

· Home childcare trend fuels segregation fears
[SE] 5 Jan 10

· Should the government help provide child care?
[US] 5 Jan 10

· Government invests 12.5M pounds in childcare for disabled
[UK] 4 Jan 10

· 5,000 child-care subsidies at risk, city report warns
[CA-ON] 1 Jan 10

· Daycare opens doors of opportunity
[CA-NB] 29 Dec 09

· Parents count cost of reform in child care
[AU] 5 Dec 09

December 20, 2009

Child's play
16 Dec 09
- Article from BC Business looking at the economic value of investing in early child care and education.

A bit rich: Calculating the real value to society of different professions
16 Dec 09
- Report from The New Economics Foundation examining the economic value of six professions in the UK, one being childcare workers.

Models of earning and caring: Trends, determinants and implications
16 Dec 09
- Report commissioned by the Policy Research Directorate at HRSDC looking at the division of earning and caring activities in Canadian households.

Children in immigrant families in eight affluent countries: their family, national and international context
16 Dec 09
- Report from the unicef Innocenti Research Centre looking at eight affluent countries and the situation of immigrant children.

The 2009 R.W.B. Jackson Lecture
16 Dec 09
- Mediacast of speakers from the R.W.B. Jackson Lecture held at OISE on November 18, 2009.


child care in the news

· Cleaners [and childcare workers] more valuable than bankers
[GB] 16 Dec 09

· Child care centres continue to deliver strong investment returns
[AU] 16 Dec 09

· Gender roles still loom large in modern parenting
[CA] 16 Dec 09

· Kindy programs for childcare
[AU] 15 Dec 09

· All-day kindergarten: a teachable moment
[CA-ON] 15 Dec 09

· Caught in a conundrum
[CA-BC] 8 Dec 09

December 12, 2009

Reports call for universal high quality child care
10 Dec 09
- This week three major reports -- from the Senate on poverty, Paediatric Society, and Finance Committee -- as well as statements commemorating the Montreal massacre, called for national action on child care.

The state of Aboriginal learning in Canada: A holistic approach to measuring success
9 Dec 09
- Report from the Canadian Council on Learning with a new framework for measuring learning success in First Nations, Inuit and Metis communities across Canada.

Council of Australian Government's meeting: Communique
9 Dec 09
- Report from the Council of Australian Governments on the new National Quality Agenda for early childhood education and care and outside school hours care.

Sustaining the future: What is at stake for families and children in Ontario
9 Dec 09
- Report from OMSSA examining the impact of the federally derived Best Start program funding and what is at stake when it is discontinued.

child care in the news

· Early education professionals and teachers look at co-working
[GB] 9 Dec 09

· 'Broken' social programs keep millions in poverty
[CA] 9 Dec 09
· Private nurseries must wait for funding [GB] 9 Dec 09
· The bell tolls for profit reapers [AU] 9 Dec 09

· The unknown importance of social services
[CA-BC] 4 Dec 09

· Private daycare centres take issue with college operation
[CA-NL] 4 Dec 09

· MPs shun memorial service [CA] 2 Dec 09

· Language debate, daycares don't mix: workers
[CA-QC] 20 Nov 09

December 6, 2009

Every child, every opportunity: Curriculum and pedagogy for the Early Learning Program
2 Dec 09
- Compendium report to the Early Learning report by Charles Pascal describing the curriculum and pedagogy required for the Early Learning Program.

Cross-Canada tour for public child care
2 Dec 09
- Resources provided by CUPE focusing on publicly delivered ECEC.

Daycare Trust national conference 2009: Future childcare investment, who cares who pays
2 Dec 09
- British conference features speech by Peter Moss calling for early childhood education to be made a public responsibility and free like schools.

Provision of childcare
2 Dec 09
- Report from the Australian Senate examines the impact of the rise and fall of ABC Learning Centres and provides recommendations for strengthening child care in Australia.

Full day learning in Ontario: A foundation's influence on public policy
2 Dec 09
- Newsletter from the Margaret & Wallace McCain Family Foundation looking at the Atkinson Charitable Foundation's role in developing Early Learning in Ontario.

child care in the news

· PQ accuses Liberals of bias in daycare contracts
[CA-QC] 2 Dec 09

· ArcherCapital is frontrunner to buy ABC Learning Centres
[AU] 1 Dec 09

· Counterpoint: The power of positive spending
[CA] 1 Dec 09
NOTE: This piece by Laurel Rothman of Campaign 2000 is a rebuttal to an editorial that appeared in the National Post on November 26 entiled Money can't end poverty. The editorial takes a number of shots at Campaign 2000's proposals to end child and family poverty, claiming "that throwing money at the problem is never going to be the solution." Campaign 2000 disagrees, and the weight of the evidence supports the Campaign 2000 perspective. Analysis of strategic spending of public funds in many jurisdictions has demonstrated the power that smart social policies have to improve the lives of low-income children and their families. Recommended reading!

· Charities aiming to rebrand ABC Learning childcare centres Good Start
[AU] 30 Nov 09

· Do not abandon early learning idea
[CA-ON] 29 Nov 09

· UVic board nixes for-profit daycare model
[CA-BC] 28 Nov 09

· Unravelling over 'seamless' day for kids
[CA-ON] 28 Nov 09

· Minnows nip at ABC carcass
[AU] 27 Nov 09

· Report damns profit-driven child care in wake of ABC empire's fall
[AU] 24 Nov 09

November 29, 2009

Keep the promise: Make Canada poverty-free
25 Nov 09
- New report cards from Campaign 2000 on the child and family after-tax poverty rate in Canada compared to 20 years ago.

40th parliament, 2nd session
25 Nov 09
- Questions and responses on child poverty at the House of Commons Tuesday November 24, 2009.

Not there yet: Canada's implementation of the General Measures of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child
25 Nov 09
- Joint publication from UNICEF Canada and UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre looking at Canada's progress in implementing the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Realising the rights of young children: progress and challenges
25 Nov 09
- Periodical from the Bernard van Leer Foundation exploring how various aspects of children's rights are being realized for young children.

Convention on the Rights of the Child: Third and fourth reports of Canada
25 Nov 09
- Reports submitted to the UN on November 20, 2009 outlining the status of Canadian children and measures adopted by governments to implement the UN CRC.

The state of the world's children: special edition
25 Nov 09
- Special report from UNICEF dedicated to child rights looking at the CRC's impact over the past 20 years, challenges for the next 20 years and an agenda for action.

child care in the news

· 637,000 children in poverty
[CA] 25 Nov 09

· Re: Ending child poverty
[CA] 25 Nov 09

· Report says B.C. has highest child poverty rate in Canada for six years straight
[CA-BC] 24 Nov 09

· How to end child poverty: Tax the rich
[CA] 23 Nov 09

· Ending child poverty: A promise unfulfilled
[CA] 22 Nov 09

· Child-care advocate in Australia
[CA-NS] 22 Nov 09

· Forum addresses need for national child-care program
[CA] 19 Nov 09

November 21, 2009

Promise to world's children remains unkept after 20 years
18 Nov 09
- Opinion article in the Toronto Star about Canada's progress since ratifying the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child 20 years ago; recommendations for progress are provided.

Early years: From Reggio Emilia to the West Midlands
18 Nov 09
- Video on Teachers.tv focusing on the Reggio Emilia approach to ECEC rooted in a post-war history with examples of its influence on programs in the UK.

What future for social investment?
18 Nov 09
- Report from the Institute for Futures Studies discussing the feasibility and relevance of the social investment strategy in Europe.

Toward a Bolivian national policy for child friendly municipalities
18 Nov 09
- Article published by Focal Point discussing an initiative in Bolivia that makes children's rights an integral part of local governance.

A commitment to Ontario's children: Moving forward with full day early learning for four and five year olds
31 Oct 09
- Media and other documents focusing on Ontario's plan and the Premier's announcement to move forward with a full day of learning in Ontario for four and five year olds.

About Canada: Childcare
24 Jun 09
- A new book co-authored by CRRU director Martha Friendly and University of Manitoba Sociologist Susan Prentice.

child care in the news

· ABC Learning execs may get bonuses
[AU] 16 Nov 09

· Quality universal childcare for 9bn pounds a year? A bargain
[GB] 16 Nov 09

· Gordon Brown does U-turn over childcare tax break
[GB] 14 Nov 09

· For-profit child care is the wrong model
[CA-BC] 14 Nov 09

· 20 hrs free early childhood education for the chop
[NZ] 11 Nov 09

· Strike a deal for Quebec child care, too
[CA-NB] 6 Nov 09

November 15, 2009

How France is providing child care to a nation
11 Nov 09
- Study findings from projects sponsored by the French-American Foundation that sent US professionals to observe France’s early childhood system to inform US practice.

School closings and declining enrolment in Ontario
11 Nov 09
- Report from People for Education on school closing and the declining enrolment of students. Recommendations are provided.

Play and exploration: Early learning program guide
11 Nov 09
- Program guide from the Ministry of Education, Government of Saskatchewan, promoting high quality, age-appropriate, and play-based learning for 3-5 year olds.

From preschool pedagogy to nanotechnology: Education and research in Sweden
11 Nov 09
- Paper from the Ministry of Education and Research, Government of Sweden focusing on the Swedish education system and the Government’s policy on knowledge.

We CAN do better: 2009 update
11 Nov 09
- Report from NACCRRA examining US states child care centre licensing regulations and the oversight of those regulations.

A commitment to Ontario's children: Moving forward with full day early learning for four and five year olds
31 Oct 09
- Media and other documents focusing on Ontario's plan and the Premier's announcement to move forward with a full day of learning in Ontario for four and five year olds.

child care in the news

· UVic mulls 'big box' childcare; Large for-profit company would clear long waiting list for care
[CA-BC] 11 Nov 09

· Analysis: Why vouchers will always make sense
[GB] 11 Nov 09

· Education advocates urge Ont. to turn mothballed schools into community hubs
[CA-ON] 10 Nov 09

· Charles Pascal an excellent advocate for children
[CA-ON] 7 Nov 09

· Trader junks offer for ABC Learning centres
[AU] 6 Nov 09

· Corporate childcare is not the solution to University of Victoria crisis [CA-BC] 4 Nov 09

November 8, 2009

An exploration of the effect of corporate structure on service quality in child care 4 Nov 09 - Paper from Griffith University exploring parental and child care staff perceptions of quality across child care governance structures in Australia.

Child care policy: A comparative perspective 4 Nov 09 - Paper by Rianne Mahon discussing various approaches to child care policy.

Policy: Early human development 4 Nov 09 - Policy statement by the Nova Scotia Teachers Union (NSTU) outlining their position on early human development services.

Cambridge primary review 4 Nov 09 - Final findings from The Cambridge Primary Review's 3 year study that examined primary education in the English system.

A commitment to Ontario's children: Moving forward with full day early learning for four and five year olds 31 Oct 09 - Media and other documents focusing on Ontario's plan and the Premier's announcement to move forward with a full day of learning in Ontario for four and five year olds.

Early childhood education and care in Canada 2008 16 Sep 09 - New report from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit looks at the current state of ECEC spaces, finances and policy developments.

30 quick facts about Canadian ECEC: Trends & Analysis 2008 16 Sep 09 - Companion document to ECEC in Canada 2008 highlights important facts about Canadian child care.

child care in the news

· Concert carries message
[CA-ON] 2 Nov 09

· Daycare serving BC's poorest forced to dump kids
[CA-BC] 2 Nov 09

· German child-care subsidy sparks nursery spat
[DE] 1 Nov 09

· A solid investment in our kids [CA-ON] 29 Oct 09

· Junk bond king Michael Milkin bids for ABC Learning
[AU] 28 Oct 09

· Charities contest with financier Michael Milken for ABC Learning group
[AU] 28 Oct 09

· Childcare centres fail basic standards
[AU] 24 Oct 09

· Review backs later formal lessons
[GB] 16 Oct 09

October 31, 2009

A commitment to Ontario's children: Moving forward with full day early learning for four and five year olds
28 Oct 09
- Media and other documents focusing on Ontario's plan and the Premier's announcement to move forward with a full day of learning in Ontario for four and five year olds.

Points of view (selected) regarding the effects of restructuring programs for 4 and 5 year olds in Ontario
28 Oct 09
- Points of view from various organizations and people on the implementation of the full day early learning report.

Why public early childhood education and care?
28 Oct 09
- Document from CUPE advocating and discussing why a publicly funded and delivered child care system is the way to go.

CUPE launches public child care tour
28 Oct 09
- CUPE has launched a cross-country tour advocating for public early childhood education and care. Tour dates and documents on public child care included.

Province invests $6 million in child care
28 Oct 09 - Press release from the Government of Nova Scotia announcing a provincial investment for the expansion of facilities and creation of child care spaces.

Province designates funds for new and revitalized child-care centres in Winnipeg: Selinger
28 Oct 09
- Press release from the Government of Manitoba announcing a plan for the expansion, renovation and creation of child care spaces.

Early childhood education and care in Canada 2008
16 Sep 09
- New report from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit looks at the current state of ECEC spaces, finances and policy developments.

30 quick facts about Canadian ECEC: Trends & Analysis 2008
16 Sep 09
- Companion document to ECEC in Canada 2008 highlights important facts about Canadian child care.

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child care in the news

· Manitoba expands child care capacity
[CA-MB] 28 Oct 09

· The right move on early learning
[CA-ON] 28 Oct 09

· Access makes the difference
[CA-BC] 28 Oct 09

· Your best employees in 2025 are finger painting today
[US] 27 Oct 09

· Union: Childcare sector needs overhaul
[AU] 24 Oct 09

October 25, 2009

Childcare markets in England and The Netherlands
21 Oct 09
- Presentation by Eva Lloyd, ICMEC University of South London, on new research examining the impact of childcare market developments in England and The Netherlands.

More spaces for child care and early learning - a Liberal commitment
21 Oct 09
- Press release from Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff announcing that a national child-care program will be among the top priorities in the next election platform

Long-term effects of cash for childcare on mothers' labour supply
21 Oct 09
- Article published in the journal Labour further exploring the relationship of a cash benefit for young children and mother’s labour supply in Norway.

Working better: Fathers, family and work- contemporary perspectives
21 Oct 09
- Report from the Equality and Human Rights Commission on fathers’ struggle to balance work and family.

Early childhood education and care in Canada 2008
16 Sep 09
- New report from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit looks at the current state of ECEC spaces, finances and policy developments.

30 quick facts about Canadian ECEC: Trends & Analysis 2008
16 Sep 09
- Companion document to ECEC in Canada 2008 highlights important facts about Canadian child care.

child care in the news

· Ignatieff commits to women's issues
[CA] 21 Oct 09

· Michael Ignatieff makes daycare a key campaign plank
[CA] 21 Oct 09

· Celebrating child care workers and early childhood educators
[CA] 20 Oct 09

· Region wants lead role on early learning
[CA-ON] 20 Oct 09

· Pros, cons of all-day kindergarten considered
[CA-BC] 15 Oct 09

· Funding cuts could hurt family pocketbooks
[CA-ON] 14 Oct 09

October 18

Childcare legislation in The Netherlands
14 Oct 09
- Seminar presentations from The International Centre for the Study of the Mixed Economy of Childcare looking at changes to child care in the Netherlands- from supply-side public solutions to market-led private provision.

Childcare settings and childcare quality
14 Oct 09
- Seminar presentations from ICMEC discussing how the relationship between childcare quality and children's development has been measured in the UK, implications for provision and an analysis of the effectiveness of this approach from a system-wide perspective.

National strategy for early literacy
14 Oct 09
- Report from the Canadian Language and Literacy Research Network with an action plan for improving literacy skills for young Canadians.

Needers to leaders: CARS for women and children in rural, remote, northern and Aboriginal communities
14 Oct 09
- Report from Communities Achieving Responsive Services (CARS) and the Canadian Women’s Health Network on a project empowering mothers in RRNA communities.

Early childhood education and care in Canada 2008
16 Sep 09
- New report from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit looks at the current state of ECEC spaces, finances and policy developments.

30 quick facts about Canadian ECEC: Trends & Analysis 2008
16 Sep 09
- Companion document to ECEC in Canada 2008 highlights important facts about Canadian child care.

child care in the news

· ABC Learning Centres value of $650m written off
[AU] 14 Oct 09

· GTA’s harsh realities
[CA-ON] 14 Oct 09

· After school initiatives worth the time
[CA-ON] 14 Oct 09

· Child care centres worry about lack of children
[CA-PE] 8 Oct 09

· Education talk put to the test
[CA-ON] 6 Oct 09

October 11

Human development report 2009: Overcoming barriers—Human mobility and development
7 Oct 09
- Report from the United Nations Development Programme on migration and quality of life around the world. Overall Canada ranks fourth on the HDI.

New study shows major benefits from investing in child care
7 Oct 09
- Article from CUPE discussing Fairholm’s findings on the short- and long-term economic benefits of investing in ECEC.

Implementing early learning in Ontario conference
7 Oct 09
- Webcast of all panels from The School of Public Policy & Governance, UofT conference focusing on full-day early learning.

Education at a glance 2009: OECD Indicators
7 Oct 09
- Report from the OECD comparing education systems and representing a consensus on how to measure the current state of education internationally.

Early childhood education and care in Canada 2008
16 Sep 09
- New report from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit looks at the current state of ECEC spaces, finances and policy developments.

30 quick facts about Canadian ECEC: Trends & Analysis 2008
16 Sep 09
- Companion document to ECEC in Canada 2008 highlights important facts about Canadian child care.

child care in the news

· Re: The costs of “full-day learning”
[CA] 7 Oct 09

· Mr. Premier, don't drag your heels on early learning report
[CA-ON] 5 Oct 09

· Rising premature births require more support
[ON] 5 Oct 09

· Childcare rebate system abused
[AU] 4 Oct 09

· Tories want to offer parental benefits for self-employed
[CA] 3 Oct 09

· Child care missing job link
[CA] 2 Oct 09

· Canada reaches tripartite agreement to implement Jordan’s Principle
[CA-SK] 28 Sep 09

October 4

Literature review of socioeconomic effects and net benefits
30 Sep 09
- Report from the Child Care Human Resources Sector Council includes findings from a new study by economist Robert Fairholm on the economic benefits of investing in ECEC.

Implementing early learning in Ontario conference: Panel 1 – Economics
30 Sep 09
- Webcast of a panel from a recent University of Toronto conference features presentations by Kerry McCuaig, Robert Fairholm and Lynn Karoly.

The most important messages in White Paper No 41 (2008-2009): Quality in ECEC
30 Sep 09
- Fact sheet from the Ministry of Education and Research in Norway on White Paper No 41 focusing on quality in kindergarten.

Early learning and child care: English curriculum framework for New Brunswick
30 Sep 09
- Curriculum framework by the University of New Brunswick for children birth to five encouraging optimal development and an atmosphere of trust, security and respect.

Early childhood education and care in Canada 2008
16 Sep 09
- New report from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit looks at the current state of ECEC spaces, finances and policy developments.

30 quick facts about Canadian ECEC: Trends & Analysis 2008
16 Sep 09
- Companion document to ECEC in Canada 2008 highlights important facts about Canadian child care.

child care in the news

· Neo-libs don't care for carers
[AU] 29 Sep 09

· Future of child care on P.E.I. uncertain: union
[CA-PE] 28 Sep 09

· It takes a co-operative village to raise a child
[CA] 28 Sep 09

· A little learning is a dangerous thing
[CA-ON] 25 Sep 09

· P.E.I. to fast-track training for child-care staff
[CA-PE] 23 Sep 09

· Stick with Pascal's plan
[CA-ON] 23 Sep 09

September 27, 2009

15 by 15: A comprehensive policy framework for early human capital investment in BC
23 Sep 09
- Report from the Human Early Learning Partnership proposing a policy framework shift in health care and human capital focusing on the early years.

more WHAT'S NEW ONLINE
(includes some links that don't appear above because they have already appeared in a previous newsletter)

· Don’t lose focus on early learning
[CA-ON] 23 Sep 09

· Budget clouds early-learning plans
[CA-ON] 23 Sep 09

· Province on verge of giving in to teachers
[CA-ON] 22 Sep 09

· Older moms spur mini baby boom
[CA] 22 Sep 09

· There’s a lot to learn from the new education system
[CA-ON] 21 Sep 09

· Government making money available for child-care centres
[CA-NS] 20 Sep 09

· Mumsy Merkel woos women voters
[DE] 20 Sep 09

· Raising the bar
[CA-BC] 17 Sep 09

September 20, 2009

There are alternatives! Markets and democratic experimentalism in early childhood education
16 Sep 09
- Report from Peter Moss challenging the market approach to child care provision and suggesting alternatives, moving from a technical to political and ethical discussion.

Child care services: Key to balancing family policy
16 Sep 09
- Presentation from the Human Early Learning Partnership discussing child care and family policy in Canada and British Columbia with international comparisons.

Twenty years of children’s rights
16 Sep 09
- Children in Europe Magazine, Issue 17 focusing on what the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child has meant for Europe’s youngest citizens.

Quality support infrastructure in early childhood: Still (mostly) missing
16 Sep 09
- Paper in Early Childhood Research and Practice focusing on the US and the need for adequate infrastructure to support high-quality early care and education.

September 13, 2009

Women’s poverty and the recession
9 Sep 09
- Report from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives finds that women raising children on their own are almost five times more likely to be poor than two-parent families.

BC budget update 2009
9 Sep 09
- Budget update from the Government of BC highlights their promise to phase in full-day kindergarten beginning in 2010.

BC budget update response
9 Sep 09
- Press release from the Coalition of Child Care Advocates of BC in response to the BC government’s budget update.

ECE Affinity Group: Something to share
9 Sep 09
- This document from the Child Care Human Resources Sector Council includes a series of ideas and resources for those delivering post-secondary training in ECE.

About Canada: Childcare
24 Jun 09
- Just published – a new book co-authored by CRRU director Martha Friendly and University of Manitoba Sociologist Susan Prentice.

With our best future in mind: Implementing early learning in Ontario
17 Jun 09
- Report to the Premier of Ontario from Charles Pascal, the Premier's Special Advisor on Early Learning.

child care in the news

· Hardwiring our children for success
[CA-ON] 9 Sep 09

· Children, families forgotten in this budget
[CA-BC] 9 Sep 09

· No such thing as a free market
[AU] 9 Sep 09

· Day care operator pleads guilty to fraud
[CA-ON] 9 Sep 09

· Accidents up at child care
[AU] 6 Sep 09

· In a shrinking workforce women outnumber men
[CA] 5 Sep 09

· Province supports integrated child care and learning: Minister
[CA-ON] 2 Sep 09

September 7, 2009

Unanticipated gains: Origins of network inequality in everyday life
2 Sep 09
- Video and news from the University of Chicago discussing research findings on networking benefits and building social capital in child care centres.

What does economics tell us about early childhood policy?
2 Sep 09
- Report from the RAND Corporation on how the human capital theory and monetary payoffs provide science-based guidance for early childhood policy.

Toronto First Duty Phase 2, 2006-2008: Final research report
2 Sep 09
- Final report on the Toronto First Duty project that integrated early childhood programs phase 2 from 2006-2008.

Disability and inclusion: Changing attitudes-changing policy
2 Sep 09
- Chapter from Our Schools/Our Selves by Debra Mayer discussing the concepts of inclusion, accessibility and universality in Canada and legislation.

About Canada: Childcare
24 Jun 09
- Just published – a new book co-authored by CRRU director Martha Friendly and University of Manitoba Sociologist Susan Prentice.

With our best future in mind: Implementing early learning in Ontario
17 Jun 09
- Report to the Premier of Ontario from Charles Pascal, the Premier's Special Advisor on Early Learning.

child care in the news

· Class size matters, especially in kindergarten
[US] 2 Sep 09

· High public spending fails to improve child welfare, says report
[BG] 1 Sep 09

· ABC Learning receivers start sell off
[AU] 31 Aug 09

· Overworked, overextended and overstressed
[US] 26 Aug 09

· Iglulik needs a daycare
[CA-NU] 21 Aug 09

August 29, 2009

The hidden impact of the global financial crisis
26 Aug 09
- Report from the Australia Institute examining the experiences of Australian women during the recessions. Findings suggest that women are disadvantaged in the labour market.

Family work patterns
26 Aug 09
- Report from Statistics Canada on the work patterns of families over a five-year period.

Issues in education for children three to eight in six countries
26 Aug 09
- Document from the FPG Child Development Institute profiling early education in France, Germany, Japan, New Zealand, and Sweden to inform U.S. policy.

Politicians slammed by leading childcare expert
26 Aug 09
- Video of child care expert Dr. Penelope Leach slamming politicians for making policies on family issues they do not fully understand.

About Canada: Childcare
24 Jun 09
- Just published – a new book co-authored by CRRU director Martha Friendly and University of Manitoba Sociologist Susan Prentice.

With our best future in mind: Implementing early learning in Ontario
17 Jun 09
- Report to the Premier of Ontario from Charles Pascal, the Premier's Special Advisor on Early Learning.

child care in the news

· Korea needs affordable childcare to battle low birth rate
[KR] 27 Aug 09

· Liberal minister negligent on childcare
[CA-BC] 26 Aug 09

· Japanese campaign focuses on child care
[JP] 26 Aug 09

· Teachers and early educators can be classroom partners
25 Aug 09

· Work bias hurting mothers
[AU] 24 Aug 09

· Merkel urges women to fight for equal pay
[DE] 24 Aug 09

August 24, 2009

AMO delegates support call for Federal child care funding
19 Aug 09
- Press release from the Association of Municipalities of Ontario supporting the call for Federal funding for child care in Ontario.

Does preschool education policy impact infant/toddler care?
19 Aug 09
- Policy brief from NIEER looking at the effect of pre-K expansion in the United States on infant and toddler care.

Early care and education quality and child outcomes
19 Aug 09
- Policy brief from Child Trends looking at the relationship strength between early care and education quality and child development across multiple studies.

A qualitative study of early childhood educator’s beliefs about key preschool classroom experiences
19 Aug 09
- Study found in Early Childhood Research and Practice examining ECE’s beliefs about getting children ready for kindergarten in public, private and family programs.

About Canada: Childcare
24 Jun 09
- Just published – a new book co-authored by CRRU director Martha Friendly and University of Manitoba Sociologist Susan Prentice.

With our best future in mind: Implementing early learning in Ontario
17 Jun 09 - Report to the Premier of Ontario from Charles Pascal, the Premier's Special Advisor on Early Learning.


child care in the news

·
Are lazy husbands to blame for low birth rates?
[CA] 19 Aug 09

· Groves may face a public grilling
[AU] 18 Aug 09

· Special needs kids may lose taxpayer-funded daycare
[CA-BC] 18 Aug 09

· Who will step up to fight for families? [CA] 16 Aug 09

· Babies make comeback - except in Canada [CA] 14 Aug 09

· No babies?
29 Jun 08

August 16, 2009

What does the report say about the role of municipalities? What does the report say about funding for infants to four year olds?
12 Aug 09
- Bulletin No.3 from the Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care exploring what the early learning report says about municipalities and care for infants-four year olds.

Beyond the school yard: Pre-K collaborations with community-based partners
12 Aug 09
- Report from the PEW Center on the States on how to implement partnerships effectively for high quality pre-K between K-12 leaders and community-based providers.

Social and emotional development in early childhood: What every policymaker should know
12 Aug 09
- Brief from the National Center for Children in Poverty focusing on young children’s social, emotional, and behavioral problems, and barriers to accessing services.

Disparities in early learning and development: Lessons from the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study- Birth Cohort (ECLS-B)
12 Aug 09 - Report from Child Trends on research tracing the cognitive, social-emotional, and health outcomes of a US sample of infants at 9 months and 24 months of age.

About Canada: Childcare
24 Jun 09
- Just published – a new book co-authored by CRRU director Martha Friendly and University of Manitoba Sociologist Susan Prentice.

With our best future in mind: Implementing early learning in Ontario
17 Jun 09
- Report to the Premier of Ontario from Charles Pascal, the Premier's Special Advisor on Early Learning.

child care in the news

· For our children
[MY] 9 Aug 09

· Just one in 10 in B.C. finds daycare affordable
[CA-BC] 8 Aug 09

· City gives approval to expand daycare
[BC] 7 Aug 09

· Child-care advocates asking premiers to lobby gov’t for more funding
[CA-SK] 6 Aug 09

· Nursery child protection concern
[UK] 30 Jul 09

August 9, 2009

Canada’s growing gap explained
5 Aug 09
- Video from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives describing the growth of the income gap between rich and the rest over the past few years.

Children: The best investment for a sustainable future
5 Aug 09
- Pre-2010 budget submission from First Call BC recommending greater investment in early childhood development and reducing income inequality.

Children’s centres: Making them happen on a small budget
5 Aug 09
- Report from the Department for Children, Schools and Families, Government of UK on the setting up of a mini-Sure Start in the UK.

PreK-3rd: Teacher quality matters
5 Aug 09
- Report from The Foundation for Child Development on why effective teaching matters for outcomes, how schools can organize and what high-quality instruction is.

About Canada: Childcare
24 Jun 09
- Just published – a new book co-authored by CRRU director Martha Friendly and University of Manitoba Sociologist Susan Prentice.

With our best future in mind: Implementing early learning in Ontario
17 Jun 09
- Report to the Premier of Ontario from Charles Pascal, the Premier's Special Advisor on Early Learning.

child care in the news

· New York tops mag’s list of best places in U.S. for women to have a career- and child

[US] 5 Aug 09

· Childcare is a disgrace
[AU] 4 Aug 09

· Nation looks to premiers to lead fight against poverty
[CA] 4 Aug 09

· Poverty is poison
[US] 18 Feb 08

August 2, 2009

Conservatives misleading Canadians on the state of child care
29 Jul 09
- Media release from the Liberal Party of Canada on the Conservative’s third anniversary celebration of their Universal Child Care Benefit.

With our best future in mind: What does the report say about ECEs?
29 Jul 09
- Bulletin from the Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care covering what the early learning report says about early childhood educators.

Work-life ‘balance’ in Europe
29 Jul 09
- Paper from the Gender Equality Network examining national variations in reported work-life conflict in Europe.

Child care and economic development: Markets, households and public policy
29 Jul 09
- Paper from Cornell University looking at issues in the U.S. and Canada regarding the role of child care in economic development.

About Canada: Childcare
24 Jun 09
- Just published – a new book co-authored by CRRU director Martha Friendly and University of Manitoba Sociologist Susan Prentice.

With our best future in mind: Implementing early learning in Ontario
17 Jun 09
- Report to the Premier of Ontario from Charles Pascal, the Premier's Special Advisor on Early Learning.


child care in the news

· Academic claims government policy creates 'underbelly of childcare' in poor areas
[GB] 29 Jul 09

· No cause for celebration
[CA] 27 Jul 09

· Parents should welcome early learning blueprint
[CA-ON] 25 Jul 09

· Critics cool on child care benefit
[CA] 22 Jul 09

· More childcare bailouts feared
[AU] 16 Jul 09

July 26, 2009

Every child a better future, Public Kindergarten Commissioner report
22 Jul 09
- Report by the Public Kindergarten Commissioner outlining a vision for full-day kindergarten in the public school system in Prince Edward Island.

Early childhood inclusion
22 Jul 09
- Joint statement from the Division for Early Childhood and National Association for the Education of Young Children on inclusion in early childhood.

The mismatch between employment and child care in Italy: the impact of rationing
22 Jul 09
- Paper from the University of Verona analyzing the characteristics of the child care system and its relationship to mother’s labour market participation in Italy.

Anti-racism and postcolonialism in early childhood education
22 Jul 09
- Article from the University of Victoria discussing social justice in the early childhood environment.

About Canada: Childcare
24 Jun 09
- Just published – a new book co-authored by CRRU director Martha Friendly and University of Manitoba Sociologist Susan Prentice.

With our best future in mind: Implementing early learning in Ontario
17 Jun 09
- Report to the Premier of Ontario from Charles Pascal, the Premier's Special Advisor on Early Learning.

child care in the news

· Early education reduces risky behaviors
[US] 22 Jul 09

· Childcare staff overworked and underpaid
[AU] 22 Jul 09

· Union urges child care operator to open books
[AU] 21 Jul 09

· Early learning sector worries about future
[CA-PE] 21 Jul 09

· P.E.I. government commits to full-day school-based kindergarten in 2010
[CA-PE] 20 Jul 09

· Majority of Canadians would like to see full-day kindergarten: poll
[CA] 25 Jun 09

July 19, 2009

The APPLES Blossom: Abbott Preschool Program Longitudinal Effects Study (APPLES), preliminary results through 2nd grade
15 Jul 09
- Second report in a series from NIEER discussing the long-term effects of participating in the Abbott Preschool Program.

Best interests of the child: Meaning and application in Canada
15 Jul 09
- Report by the Canadian Coalition for the Rights of Children from a February conference discussing the best interests of the child and its application in Canada.

Families in the eyes of the law: Contemporary challenges and the grip of the past
15 Jul 09
- Report from the IRPP examining issues related to family policy and the past and present state of family law.

Aboriginal early language promotion and early intervention
15 Jul 09
- Report from Jessica Ball on supporting optimal language and literacy outcomes for Aboriginal children.

About Canada: Childcare
24 Jun 09
- Just published – a new book co-authored by CRRU director Martha Friendly and University of Manitoba Sociologist Susan Prentice.

With our best future in mind: Implementing early learning in Ontario
17 Jun 09
- Report to the Premier of Ontario from Charles Pascal, the Premier's Special Advisor on Early Learning.

child care in the news

· Province delays release of kindergarten report
[CA-PE] 15 Jul 09

· Federal govt 'should shape childcare'
[AU] 15 Jul 09

· Who should care for the kids?
[CA] 13 Jul 09

· Fighting for dignity on the job
[CA] 11 Jul 09

· P.E.I. educator backs kindergarten-daycare combination
[CA-PE] 29 Jun 09

July 12, 2009

Research on ratios, group size, and staff qualifications and training in early years and childcare settings
8 Jul 09
- Report on two projects from the Department of Children, Schools and Families, UK Government, on child:adult ratios in early years settings.

Sacrificing their careers for their families? An analysis of the penalty to motherhood in Europe
8 Jul 09
- Report from the University of Manchester on the labour market’s penalty to motherhood in six European countries.

Assessment practices and aspects of curriculum in early childhood education
8 Jul 09
- Report from the New Zealand Council for Educational Research presenting survey findings on assessment practices in early childhood education settings.

Family stress: Safeguarding young children’s care environment
8 Jul 09
- Report from the Bernard van Leer Foundation examining the relationship between familial stress and child development.

About Canada: Childcare
24 Jun 09
- Just published – a new book co-authored by CRRU director Martha Friendly and University of Manitoba Sociologist Susan Prentice.

With our best future in mind: Implementing early learning in Ontario
17 Jun 09
- Report to the Premier of Ontario from Charles Pascal, the Premier's Special Advisor on Early Learning.

child care in the news


· Mobile community pre-school centre rolling in Brampton
[CA-ON] 7 Jul 09

· Oshawa school tries full-time kindergarten
[CA-ON] 6 Jul 09

· District hopeful of kindergarten plan; Officials look to the government to start the all-day sessions
[CA-BC] 2 Jul 09

· Global education giant targets ABC Learning Centres
[AU] 30 Jun 09

· Eddy Groves beats freeze with asset fire sale
[AU] 26 Jun 09

· Struggle for daycare continues
[CA-NU] 15 Jun 09

July 5, 2009

Aboriginal children’s health: Leaving no child behind
2 Jul 09
- Report from UNICEF Canada examining the health of Aboriginal children in Canada through the perspectives of national experts and analysis of existing data.

Inclusion of children with disabilities: The early childhood imperative
2 Jul 09
- UNESCO Policy Brief on Early Childhood supporting the idea that early childhood education and care is a powerful means of nurturing diverse abilities.

What we know and don’t know about measuring quality in early childhood and school-age care and education settings
2 Jul 09
- Issue brief from Child Trends examining the measurement of quality in child care and early education settings.

Preschool curriculum decision-making: Dimensions to consider
2 Jul 09
- Policy brief from NIEER to help decision-makers choose the most appropriate curriculum for their preschool programs.

About Canada: Childcare
24 Jun 09
- Just published – a new book co-authored by CRRU director Martha Friendly and University of Manitoba Sociologist Susan Prentice.

With our best future in mind: Implementing early learning in Ontario
17 Jun 09
- Report to the Premier of Ontario from Charles Pascal, the Premier's Special Advisor on Early Learning.

child care in the news

· Eddy Groves ABC partner was in rich US childcare deal
[AU] 1 Jul 09

· Groves' wife's new venture has ties to fallen ABC [AU] 30 Jun 09

· There's no easy way to raise a child
[CA] 29 Jun 09

· Childcare leave needs recognition as the rule, not the exception
[JP] 26 Jun 09

· Childcare is key. Good parents are, too
[CA] 23 Jun 09

June 27, 2009

About Canada: Childcare
24 Jun 09
- Just published – a new book co-authored by CRRU director Martha Friendly and University of Manitoba Sociologist Susan Prentice.

Atkinson Summer Institute on Early Childhood Development: Engaging families and community in early years programs
24 Jun 09
- Presentations from the 6th annual Summer Institute hosted by George Brown and the Atkinson Centre for Society and Child Development.

Special review: Reroute the Preschool Juggernaut
24 Jun 09
- Book review by Steven Barnett on Reroute the Preschool Juggernaut describing the inaccuracy of the book and giving evidence why preschool for all benefits all.

Foundations of inclusion birth to five
24 Jun 09
- Video from CONNECT focusing on inclusion and effective practices to help providers develop evidence-based decision making skills.

Parents and the high price of child care: 2009 update
24 Jun 09
- Report from NACCRRA presenting 2008 data on child care costs in the United States. Child care costs are increasing and often exceed other household expenses.

With our best future in mind: Implementing early learning in Ontario
17 Jun 09
- Report to the Premier of Ontario from Charles Pascal, the Premier's Special Advisor on Early Learning.

child care in the news

· The payback on early learning makes it a dollars and sense proposition
[CA-ON] 23 Jun 09

· Letters to the editor regarding the Early Learning Advisor’s report
[CA-ON] 22 Jun 09

· Alberta minister ignites furor over ‘raising kids right'
[CA-AB] 22 Jun 09

· Early learning makes business sense
[CA] 22 Jun 09

· What's best for children?
[CA] 20 Jun 09

· Iris, eyes are rolling over parenting views
[CA-AB] 18 Jun 09

· Parents shouldn't have to settle
[CA-ON] 18 Jun 09

· The Agenda with Steve Paikin: Interview with Charles Pascal
[CA-ON] 16 Jun 09

June 21, 2009

Take action- How you can support the early learning advisor's report
18 Jun 09
- This is our window of opportunity to show support. The AECEO has provided templates and contacts for the public to support the early learning advisor's report.

Early learning is the path to prosperity
18 Jun 09
- Commentary by Margaret McCain and Paul Martin supporting the early learning report and commenting on why the best time to invest in the early years is now.

With our best future in mind: Implementing early learning in Ontario
17 Jun 09
- Report to the Premier of Ontario from Charles Pascal, the Premier's Special Advisor on Early Learning.

Responses to the full-day learning report
17 Jun 09
- Selected responses from various organizations and groups in response to the full-day learning report.

Full-day early learning: Merging child care and kindergarten into a “seamless day”
17 Jun 09
- New ISSUE File from CRRU collects resources on the topic of blending child care and kindergarten education programs as background to the release of the Ontario Early Learning Advisor’s report.

Early Childhood Education, 40th Parliament, 2nd Session
Jun 09
- Oral questions by Olivia Chow to the Hon. Diane Finely at the Parliament of Canada regarding federal investment in early childhood education.

child care in the news

· The Current: Panel on full-day learning featuring Charles Pascal, Susan Prentice and Gabor Mate
17 Jun 09

· Letters to the editor supporting the Early Learning Advisor’s report
[CA-ON] 17 Jun 09

· Full-day combo earns top grade
[CA-ON] 17 Jun 09

· A once-forgettable premier finds a legacy
[CA-ON] 17 Jun 09

· CUPE seeks common ground with teachers' union on early childhood education
[CA-ON] 16 Jun 09

· Full-day learning deserves support
[CA-ON] 16 Jun 09

· The Agenda with Steve Paikin: Interview with Charles Pascal
16 Jun 09

· Can teachers, daycare staff play together?
[CA-ON] 16 Jun 09

· Full-day learning starts next year
[CA-ON] 15 Jun 09

June 14, 2009

MEDIA ADVISORY - Special Advisor on Early Learning
12 Jun 09
- Dr. Charles Pascal, the Premier's Special Advisor on Early Learning, will release his report on implementing early learning in Ontario on June 15th, 2009.

Full-day early learning: Merging child care and kindergarten into a “seamless day”
12 Jun 09
- New ISSUE File from CRRU collects resources on the topic of blending child care and kindergarten education programs as background to the release of the Ontario Early Learning Advisor’s report.

Ratios for four and five year olds: What does the research say? What else is important?
12 Jun 09
- New BRIEFing NOTE from CRRU reviews research and expert opinion on staff:child ratios, child outcomes and program quality; offers lessons and conclusions.

Early childhood education and care: Key lessons from research for policy makers
11 Jun 09
- Report by Helen Penn for the European Commission provides a review of the international evidence about the social benefits of ECEC; recommends improvements to levels of provision and quality.

child care in the news

· Receiver holding on for best ABC price
[CA-NZ] 10 Jun 09

· Rules relaxed for day cares
[CA-AB] 7 Jun 09

· Surprise new bidder joins chase for ABC
[NZ] 4 Jun 09

· Shakira’s children
2 Jun 09

· Oh, baby!
[CA-BC] 6 May 09

June 3, 2009

Income of Canadians 2007
3 Jun 09
- Annual report from Statistics Canada highlighting and summarizing statistics on income of families in 2007.

Providing preschool education for all 4-year-olds: Lessons from six state journeys
3 Jun 09
- Policy brief from NIEER examining the move toward preschool for all four-year olds, instead of targeted groups, in six states.

Quality support infrastructure in early childhood: Still (mostly) missing
3 Jun 09
- Paper in Early Childhood Research and Practice discussing the need for adequate infrastructure to support high-quality early care and education in the US.

Creating continuity through literacy experiences at Wilton Playcentre
3 Jun 09
- Report from the New Zealand Council for Education Research on an initiative by the Ministry of Education focusing on continuity between centre and home.

child care in the news

· Surprise new bidder joins chase for ABC [NZ]
4 Jun 09

· Increase to Child Care Benefit and Child Care Tax Rebate from 1 July [AU]
3 Jun 09

· Child care worker skates for awareness [CA-BC]
2 Jun 09

· Manitoba spends $11M on child-care programs, raises for workers [CA-MB]
27 May 09

· ‘Just keep things the way they are,’ parent tells council of daycare [CA-PE] 27 May 09


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