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Weekly newsletter of the Childcare Resource and Research Unit  09/12/20

We are excited to announce that ECEC 2019 will be published next week, please keep an eye out for this major CRRU publication. 

Highlights

Beyond the pandemic: Rising up for a Canada free of poverty
Campaign 2000, 9 December 2020
In this annual report, Campaign 2000 sets the stage for a Canada free of poverty, and highlights the importance of child care. The report reveals troubling trends in child poverty rates prior to the pandemic and notes that rates grew in several provinces and territories as a result of a number of factors related to the pandemic and otherwise. The report highlights that widespread precarious work, dismally inadequate social assistance rates, barriers to accessing government transfers, lack of available and affordable housing, child care, medicare, and little movement towards true Reconciliation, have left children and their families vulnerable to the negative health, social and economic impacts of COVID-19 and excluded from emergency responses.

Moving from private to public processes to create child care in Canada
Childcare Resource and Research Unit, 7 December 2020
This new CRRU report examines how child care programs are created in Canada, contrasting the private approach upon which Canada primarily relies on with the more publicly managed approach to service development used in better developed child care systems. 

Panel: 50th Anniversary of the Royal Commission on the Status of Women in Canada
Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, 7 December 2020
This recorded panel commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Royal Commission on the Status of Women, a landmark document recommending how the Canadian government should ensure equal opportunities for women. This dialogue, which includes considerable comment on progress on child care,  was hosted by Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Dowdeswell and moderated by Lisa LaFlamme with panelists: Hon. Jean Augustine,  Hon. Lorna Marsden, Roberta L. Jamieson, Hon. Maureen O'Neill and Hon. Monique Bégin.

An examination of regulatory and other measures to support quality early learning and child care in Alberta: A discussion paper
Edmonton Council for Early Learning and Care and The Muttart Foundation, November 2020
This report by Jane Beach, commissioned by the Edmonton Council for Early Learning and Care and the Muttart Foundation, was written with the intent of promoting discussion about improving the quality of early learning and care in Alberta. It provides a comprehensive review of how jurisdictions can, and do, support quality in early learning and care through a combination of regulation and other policy vehicles and mechanisms.

CCEYA regulation policy briefs 
The Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care, 2 December 2020
The OCBCC and AECEO have released four policy briefs that summarize community consensus, research and policy recommendations on the Ontario’s government’s proposed regulatory changes to the Child Care and Early Years Act (CCEYA).

Research, policy and practice

Oxfam testimony to the Status of Women Committee on Women’s Unpaid Work
Oxfam Canada, 3 December 2020
Oxfam’s testimony to the Status of Women Committee emphasizes the rising inequality of women’s double duties of paid work and essential, unpaid care work. Mounting evidence shows the disproportionate social and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on women and in particular, women living in poverty and ethnic and racial minorities. The government’s commitment to create a Canada-wide early learning and child care system is identified as the most important investment in the care economy to address the consequences of a pandemic-induced recession.

Addressing wicked educational problems through inter-sectoral policy development: Lessons from Manitoba's Healthy Child Initiative
International Journal of Education Policy & Leadership, 2019
This article draws on the results of a research project that studied the success and challenges of the Government of Manitoba’s inter-sectoral policy strategy referred to as Healthy Child Manitoba. The main findings suggest that while this policy approach—which places education within the broader context of a healthy child—warrants attention, the day-to-day operationalization of the policy strategy remains difficult. The article concludes with an examination of the implications for the field of Canadian educational administration.

Conditions for moving beyond “quality” in Canadian early childhood education: An occasional paper
Early Childhood Pedagogies Collaboratory, December 2020
This occasional paper by the Early Childhood Pedagogies Collaboratory suggests seven conditions for Canadian early childhood education and care to move beyond “quality” as an issue of school readiness and survival, profit and efficiency towards engaging with the contingencies emerging through and within the pedagogical processes. The paper also provides an overview of current approaches to quality in ECEC in Canada.

Child Care in the News

CA: Chrystia Freeland discusses the future of a national child care system 
The Social, 8 December 2020

CA: Elizabeth May statement on the 50th anniversary of the Royal Commission on the Status of Women
House of Commons, 7 December 2020

CA: Deliver on national child-care this time, please
The Star, 4 December 2020

CA: Solutions to our child care crisis
Community Edition, 3 December 2020

CA: Liberals about to kick-start talks on new child-care system and funding, Hussen says
National Observer, 8 December 2020
 
CA: Childcare adds to strain for working mothers as pace of job gains slows
CTV News, 4 December 2020

ON: Waterloo regional council votes to close five child-care centres

CTV News, 3 December 2020 

MB: Manitoba's new funding model for nursery schools may mean fee hike for some parents, director warns
CBC News, 8 December 2020

SK: Daycare, non-profit tax breaks up for debate at Regina executive committee
CBC News, 9 December 2020

US: Coronavirus takes toll on Black, Latino child care providers
AP News, 7 December 2020


Events

Early learning and child care in Alberta: An examination of regulations and other measures that support quality
December 10, 2020 from 7:00-8:00 pm (MST)
The Association of Early Childhood Educators of Alberta (AECEA) will be joined by Jane Beach to speak on her report, An Examination of Regulatory and Other Measures to Support Quality Early Learning and Care in Alberta

 
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