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Weekly newsletter of the Childcare Resource and Research Unit  06/01/21

Happy New Year from CRRU!

In case you missed it: CRRU is pleased to announce the release of Early Childhood Education and Care 2019You can access the full publication and previous versions of ECEC in Canada on our website, and an analytic summary in EN and FR of ECEC 2019 will be available in the next few weeks. 

Highlights

CA: Will your kid's daycare survive COVID-19?
Today’s Parent, 18 December 2020

CA: Child-care advocacy group pushes feds for equitable, well-funded national system
National Observer, 30 December 2020

Status of child care services during COVID-19 across Canada 
Childcare Resource and Research Unit, 6 January 2021
CRRU has created a new resource chart on the status of child care services and elementary schools across Canada during COVID-19, amidst new guidelines and closures in 2021.

National child-care plan would accelerate post-COVID recovery
Policy Options, 17 December 2020
This commentary by Jim Stanford analyzes the potentiality and benefits of national child care in Canada. Stanford highlights the alignment of political and economic forces that allow for the establishment of universal child care after unsuccessful attempts in the past. Finally, the article looks at three categories of economic benefits arising from the provision of accessible, high quality early learning and child care services: new employment and income, women’s increased labour force participation, and human capital development. 

Research, policy and practice

From response to recovery: How Canada can support families and children beyond COVID-19
Behind the Numbers, 17 December 2020
This blog post by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives assesses Canada’s pandemic response and spending in regards to children and families. The authors warn that Canada’s insufficient policy reach in poverty reduction will leave long-lasting consequences for working parents and children. The authors suggest policy strategies to counter the rising risk of child poverty in pandemic recovery, including universal, affordable, high quality child care.

Building a high-quality early childhood education and care workforce
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), 30 November 2020  
This OECD report looks at the makeup of the early childhood education and care workforce across countries, assessing how initial preparation programmes compare across different systems, what types of in-service training and informal learning activities help staff to upgrade their skills, and what staff say about their working conditions, as well as identifying policies that can reduce stress levels and increase well-being. The report also looks at which leadership and managerial practices in ECEC centres contribute to improving the skills, working conditions and working methods of staff. As evidence accumulates on the strong benefits of investing in early education, this report notes that countries need effective policies to attract, maintain and retain a highly skilled workforce in the sector. 
 
Child care policy and child care burden: Policy feedback effects and distributive implications of regulatory decisions
Journal of Behavioral Public Administration, November 2020
This paper examines the distributional implications of market-based early childhood education and care (ECEC) services from a survey of 606 parents in the City of Toronto. Lower income, non-subsidized parents were found to be more prone to using less well-regulated ECEC while least able to effectively monitor its quality. These findings have implications for the effects of policy on vulnerable children’s access to high quality ECEC services.

Three myths about Quebec’s child care model
Medium, 2 December 2014
This 2014 blog post re-evaluates three common misconceptions regarding Quebec child care regarding the distinction between the subsidized and non-subsidized child care systems as well as the benefits of Quebec’s child care reform on child outcomes and women’s labour force participation. The author points out the need to consider the recent rapid expansion of the for-profit sector and different achievements of the subsidized and non-subsidized child care systems.

Whose time to care: Unpaid care and domestic work during COVID-19
UN Women, 25 November 2020
This UN Women’s policy brief showcases findings from the UN Women Rapid Gender Assessment Surveys on the impacts of COVID-19 in 38 countries. Findings contribute to growing evidence that women are doing the bulk of unpaid care and domestic work. UN Women calls for governments’ use of gender data to inform policy and a global shift towards care economies, including supporting access to child care services and recognizing these as essential. 

The Palgrave handbook of family policy
Palgrave Macmillan, May 2020
This open access handbook provides a multilevel view on family policies, combining insights on family policy outcomes at different levels of policymaking: supra-national organizations, national states, sub-national or regional levels, and finally smaller organizations and employers. At each of these levels, a multidisciplinary group of scholars assess policies and their implementation, such as child income support, childcare services, parental leave, and leave to provide care to frail and elderly family members. 

Child care in the news 

CA: National daycare system will need funding to lower fees, expand spaces, Hussen says 
CP24, 28 December 2020

CA: Single parents left behind in Canada’s labour recovery
Globe and Mail, 5 January 2021 

NL: Regulated child care providers required to lower rates to $25-a-Day
VOCM Local News Now, 1 January 2021

PEI: Extra $385K meant to help more P.E.I. child-care centres meet higher bar
CBC News, 17 December 2020

ON: City of Toronto: Emergency child care for essential workers
City of Toronto, 4 January 2021

ON: City looks to provide emergency child care to essential workers during post-holiday remote learning week  
Toronto Star, 30 December 2020

US: Childcare during COVID: Reimagining a broken system
Jezebel, 1 January 2021

UK: COVID-19: More than half of local authorities expect childcare providers to close when coronavirus support ends
Sky News, 22 December 2020

UK: If the pandemic taught us anything, it is that 'care' has to be central to politics
The Guardian, 4 January 2020
 
UK: What is care?
Gold Smith Press - The Care Collective

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