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Weekly newsletter of the Childcare Resource and Research Unit  24/02/21


ECEC in Canada 2019: Summary and analysis of key findings
Childcare Resource and Research Unit, 24 February 2021 
We are pleased to announce the release of ECEC in Canada 2019: Summary and analysis of key findings. This analytic summary is available in French and English and is based on Early childhood education and care in Canada 2019 and its previous editions beginning in 1992. CRRU has also made minor revisions to ECEC 2019 and the publication has been updated online.

To transform services: A pre-budget brief presented to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance
Childcare Resource and Research Unit, 24 February 2021
Federal pre-budget submission prepared by CRRU Executive Director Martha Friendly discussing the need for transformational system-building to put the vision of “affordable, accessible, inclusive and high quality child care from coast to coast to coast” and these principles into place. 

What is the “Quebec model” of early learning and child care?
Policy Options, 18 February 2021

It’s time to move ahead on a national child-care system
Toronto Star, 19 February 2021    

Research, policy and practice

US: 2020 Early Childhood Workforce Index
Center for the Study of Child Care Employment, 23 February 2021
The 2020 Early Childhood Workforce Index continues to track state policies related to Early Childhood in essential areas like workforce qualifications, work environments, and compensation. The report provides updated policy recommendations and spotlights state responses to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

US: Perspective: What’s next for child care? What states are learning in the COVID-19 crisis
EdNC, 22 February 2021
This brief by the Hunt Institute highlights policy shifts that would help to ensure families have equitable access to the quality care they need in a post COVID-19 world in the US context. Policy recommendations include: increased operating grants given directly to providers, simplifying subsidy applications, and strengthening child care infrastructure though network building. 

UK: Parenting in lockdown: Coronavirus and the effects on work-life balance
Office of National Statistics, 22 July 2020
The Office for National Statistics provides an analysis of data that looks at how families adapted working patterns around caring for their children during the initial COVID-19 lockdown in the UK. The Office notes some clear trends highlighting that women carried out more child care duties overall, engaged in more unpaid work and spent less time on paid work than men.

OECD Economics Department Working Papers No. 1519: Increasing inclusiveness for women, youth, and seniors in Canada
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), 6 December 2018
This working paper addresses the issue of gender employment gap, youth employment and old-age poverty in Canada, and was recently cited by the Governor of the Bank of Canada in his speech “Canada’s labour market: rebound, recuperation and restructuring.” Expansion of government support for child care and parental leave are recommended changes to increase inclusiveness for women.

The Quebec child care system: Lessons from research
Recent Perspectives on Early Childhood Education in Canada, December 2012
This book chapter by Christa Japel highlights the Early Learning and Child Care systems in Quebec. Japel identifies initial groundwork laid by the Quebec government to support social structures that are beneficial to children and their families. The author notes that the Quebec system is still a work-in-progress, and governments must continue striving to improve its quality and accessibility. Japel notes that increased investment in a universal, subsidized, and not-for-profit early childhood education and care system staffed by qualified workers would benefit children and families and also stimulate economic recovery.

Child care in the news 

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

NL: Education minister says pandemic child care in Newfoundland and Labrador is an evolving situation
Chronicle Herald, 17 February 2021 

QC: Services de garde éducatifs: La plus importante réforme depuis la création du réseau
La Presse, 16 February 2021 

ON: Peel Public Health declares COVID-19 outbreak at Brampton child-care centre with five new confirmed cases
Brampton Guardian, 22 February 2021

BC: Father in Burnaby calls for rapid testing for child-care centres after toddler gets COVID-19
CBC News, February 21 2021

EU: Italy's women and youth were hardest hit by COVID-19's economic impact. Now, its recovery hinges on them
CBC News, February 22, 2021

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