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Weekly newsletter of the Childcare Resource and Research Unit  27/01/21


Fees may double as Manitoba's new funding model pits nursery schools against each other, administrator says
CBC News, 20 January 2021
Federal pre-budget consultations
Government of Canada, 25 January 2021
The Canadian government started its consultation process for the 2021 Budget and is soliciting feedback through a questionnaire and formal submissions on Canadians’ priorities for the country’s economic recovery from COVID-19. We encourage subscribers to participate, and to highlight the need for an early learning and child care system in Canada. 

The impact of COVID-19 childcare closures and women’s labour supply
VoxEU, 22 January 2021
This article reviews current research on the disproportionate effects of child care closures and class size restrictions on employment rates of mothers of young children in the US. The findings show that unemployment rates of mothers not only increased when restrictions were in effect but remained high even after closures. This implies long-lasting impacts of child care closures and class size restrictions on mothers’ employment and child care availability. Child care subsidies to families and financial support to child care facilities are identified as key policies in the economic recovery process.

Research, policy and practice

How to advocate for a better child care system: A step-by-step guide
Child Care Exchange, January 2021
This step-by-step guide by Child Care Aware of America outlines concrete actions that child care workers and parents can take to advocate for change by communicating their personal experiences to policymakers. The guide covers what to do before, during and after a meeting with an elected official.

Early care and education is in crisis: Biden can intervene
Center for the Study of Child Care Employment, 20 January 2021
In this commentary, the Centre for the Study of Child Care Employment highlights key areas in President Biden’s plan that represent an advancement for ECEC in the United States. The authors note that the inequities experienced by racialized children, parents, and early childhood educators have deepened and become more visible as a result of COVID-19. The authors highlight that any new system of ECEC should aim to rectify the stress on families with little-to-no access to high-quality ECE and stop the ongoing exploitation of early educators’ labour. The authors suggest that the plan should include: funding, preschool accessibility, workforce support, and facilities and foundational reform are needed to break the cycle of inequities imposed on families and educators.

To spread or not to spread Sars-Cov-2— Is that the question?
JAMA Pediatrics, 22 January 2021
In this article, the authors explore the role that children play in the transmission of COVID-19. The authors describe the rate of infections and the prevalence of antibodies in children aged 1 to 10 years compared with a corresponding parent in a population-based sample in southwest Germany. Overall, the estimated prevalence was low, with significant differences between parents and children.  The authors conclude that children were unlikely to be driving transmission during the pandemic and that mass testing, as demonstrated in the study, offers a basis for rational political decision-making during a pandemic.

A rising share of working parents in the U.S. say it’s been difficult to handle child care during the pandemic
Pew Research Center, 26 January 2021
This analysis is based on a Pew Research Center survey conducted in October 2020 with 2,029 U.S. employed adults who have children younger than 18. Compared to a similar survey conducted in March 2020, there was an increase from 38% to 52% of working parents with children under 12 who have struggled with child care responsibilities, particularly in dual-earner households. A very large share of teleworking parents with child care duties at home (63%) and employed mothers (54%) reported challenges in balancing work and child care. 

Learning and teaching online during COVID-19: experiences of student teachers in an early childhood education practicum
International Journal of Early Childhood, 30 July 2020
This descriptive study shows how a practicum course in early childhood education in the US was redesigned to provide student teachers with opportunities to learn and teach online during the COVID-19 pandemic. The study outlines different phases, types of support, limitations and possibilities for online student teaching in practicums for early childhood education.

Work-family strategies during COVID-19: Examining gender dynamics among dual-earner couples with young children 
Journal of Applied Psychology, January 2021
This study examines whether dual-earner families with young children fell back on familiar gendered patterns to manage work and family with school and child care closures, or if they adopted new strategies for the unique pandemic situation. Using qualitative analysis of survey responses from 724 couples, the authors identified seven classes of strategies, such as “alternating days” and “mother does it all”. They found 36.6% of the sample using strategies where women did most or all childcare, 18.9% of the sample using strategies that were not clearly gendered or egalitarian, and 44.5% of the sample using unique egalitarian strategies. 

Child care in the news 

NL: Labrador daycares 'ecstatic' over cash boost, but MHA questions timing
CBC News, 9 January 2021

ON: 'Recommended isolation': Child care and daycare centres in Oakville and Burlington as well as Milton report more than 20 active COVID-19 cases
Inside Halton, 19 January 2021

ON: Ontario expands eligibility for free child care starting Wednesday
Ottawa Citizen, 25 January 2021
MB: New cuts to nursery school funding spark concerns of a ‘she-cession’ in Manitoba
The Manitoban, 26 January 2021
AB: Outbreaks at Alberta child-care centres appear to be slowing — but vigilance is key, expert says
CBC News, 22 January 2021

BC: Opinion: Universal child care will define generations in B.C.
Vancouver Is Awesome, 26 January 2021

BC: Mo Amir interviews Katrina Chen (BC Minister of State for Child Care)
This is VANCOLOUR, 25 January 2021
US: Hailed as ‘heroes,’ child care workers in some states are denied vaccine priority
EdSurge, 21 January 2021
US: Advice from two experts on how Biden and Harris can tackle America’s child-care crisis
The Washington Post, 24 January 2021

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