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Weekly newsletter of the Childcare Resource and Research Unit  03/03/21


CA: Day care makes the world more tender
Romper, 3 March 2021

CA: Child care, stimulus restraint key for economic recovery: Business council 
BNN Bloomberg, 1 March 2021

Research, policy and practice

Child care operator survey: Summary 2020
Public Interest Alberta, 1 February 2021
Public Interest Alberta has released the results of its biennial Child Care Operator Survey. The survey highlights the struggles the sector is experiencing during the COVID-19 pandemic and shows how government cuts to sector funding have exacerbated the pre-pandemic challenges.

Child care during the COVID-19 pandemic: A bad situation made worse
Pediatrics, March 2021
In this article, child care is identified as a social determinant of health that critically impacts the health, development, and economic well-being of children, women and families. Recommendations include routinely inquiring about child care arrangements and facilitating connections with high-quality programs at paediatric visits, and advocating for public policies that increase access and capacity to high-quality child care.

Characteristics of home-based child care providers who offer non-standard hour care
Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 2021
Using data from the 2012 US National Survey of Early Care and Education, this study seeks to identify home-home-based child care providers who offer non-standard hour (NSH) care. Results indicate that providers who offered NSH care are more likely to receive government subsidies, have lower educational levels, and serve fewer children. Results also find that providers who receive home visitors tend to provide more hours of NSH care. Policy recommendations are presented to better support home-based child care providers in offering NSH care.

Who cares if parents have unpredictable work schedules?: Just-in-time work schedules and child care arrangements
Social Problems, 14 September 2020
This study examines the influence of parents’ unpredictable work schedules on care arrangements for children 0-9. Results indicate that parents’ having on-call work and last-minute shift changes are more likely to rely on informal care arrangements and, in some cases, to leave children without adult supervision.  The study cautions that the lack of quality child care for parents with unpredictable work schedules may have consequences for children's development and safety and may contribute to the intergenerational transmission of disadvantage.

The introduction and evolution of child benefits in Canada
Tamarack Institute, 5 May 2017
Child benefits have been a popular form of income support in Canada. This article summarizes eight key changes in the intention, recipients, and method of delivery of Canada’s child benefits up to 2017.

Child care in the news 

CA: Kate Bezanson on child care in Canada
NewsTalk 610, 3 March 2021

CA: National child care will make Canada productive
Toronto Star, 25 February 2021

CA: Governor of Bank of Canada points to child care, education to help ease protracted employment recovery
Global News, 23 February 2021

CA: Canada’s ‘she-cession’ demonstrates women face the highest rates of unemployment
The Manitoban, 23 February 2021

PE: P.E.I. government promises 100s of new child-care spaces
CBC News, 25 February 2021

ON: Ontario announces reforms to child care programs to improve accessibility
CTV News, 26 February 2021

ON: 'It’s shameful': CUPE 1883 president takes issue with regional staff reductions
Kitchener Today, 17 February 2021 

AB: Child care survey shows impacts of pandemic
Toronto Star, 25 February 2021

AB: One-time payment to working parents not enough to help families struggling to cover costs: advocate 
Calgary Herald, 25 February 2021 

AB: Alberta government rolling out one-time $561 child-care benefit for working parents
Edmonton Journal, 24 February 2021 

US: ‘Little band-aids’ won’t fix the child care industry. New report proposes an overhaul.
EdSurge, 24 February 2021

US: Powell says better child care policies might lift women in work force
The New York Times, 24 February 2021

US: Child care workers, crucial to economic recovery, earn poverty wages in 40 states
CBS News, 23 February 221


Canada's Feminist Response and Recovery Summit
March 8 and 9, 2021 @ 1:00 PM EST
The two-day Canada’s Feminist Response and Recovery Summit will bring together politicians, experts, feminist leaders and those with lived experience to examine how COVID-19 is impacting the lives of women in Canada. It will focus on the steps that governments, civil society and all Canadians can take to ensure an inclusive recovery by advancing gender equality. Registration deadline is Thursday, March 4, 2021. 

Film premier: Childcare for Immigrant Women
Pacific Immigrant Learning Society
4 March 2021 @ 8:30 PM EST
This powerful film features the stories of five immigrant women, Emine, Camila, Harkamal, Thea and Parminder, who share their stories and challenges around accessing childcare, and the human capital and economic losses associated with the barriers they face.

International Women’s Day Toronto 2021: Virtual rally
6 March 2021 @ 1:00 PM EST
Join the International Women’s Day Toronto’s live rally or watch later to celebrate this important day in gender justice! The event will feature speakers, cultural presentations, and videos. The fact that we can’t gather in the streets this year isn’t holding us back. Together we are rising above the pandemic: fighting for a just future for all!
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