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Weekly newsletter of the Childcare Resource and Research Unit  12/10/21
Dear subscribers,

Thank you for your patience as we worked though the technical issues on our website. We have fixed the issue and are happy to report that all article links are now working.

Please see last week's broadcast (from October 6th) below! We will be sharing this week's broadcast tomorrow as scheduled.

Thank you, 



AB: Tell Premier Jason Kenney and Minister Rebecca Schulz to sign the agreement
Child Care Now - Alberta, 29 September 2021

The struggle for child care!
Toronto Workers' History Project, 12 October 2021, 7:00 pm EDT
The Toronto Workers' History Project will be convening a panel to discuss the federal child care commitment and to discuss the campaigns for decent, publicly supported child care and to assess how this new program measures up for Canadians and Torontonians. Panelists include CRRU's Martha Friendly, Lisa Pasolli, Julie Mathien and Jessica Tomas. 

Governing quality early childhood education and care in a global crisis: First lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic
Network of Experts working on the Social dimension of Education and Training (NESET), 14 July 2021
This report explores the different ways in which European Union Member States have attempted to ensure high-quality early childhood education and care (ECEC) for children and families in the era of COVID-19. The data analyzed show that ECEC played a crucial role in countering the negative effects of the pandemic on children, families and communities. However, compared with other levels of education, ECEC appears to have been one of the sectors most vulnerable to the policy decisions taken in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Research, policy and practice

Standards, curriculum, and assessment in early childhood education: Examining alignment across multiple state systems
Science Direct, 10 September 2021
The purpose of this US based study is to gauge standards, curriculum and assessment quality in early childhood programs by investigating ECE policy across multiple states. Findings suggest that the lack of clarity surrounding ECE policies causes confusion for early learning providers and demonstrates misaligned and poorly specified ECE policies at the state level. The authors conclude that ECE policies at the federal, state, and local level may change frequently and hope that researchers will continue to refine this model of assessment in the context of a rapidly changing ECE policy field.

Refugee children and families’ positioning within resettlement and early childhood education policies in Aotearoa New Zealand
Kōtuitui: New Zealand Journal of Social Sciences Online, 2 September 2021
This paper analyzes the positioning of young refugee children in Aotearoa New Zealand’s resettlement policies, early childhood curriculum and early childhood education (ECE) funding policies. Using a right-based framework and data from interviews with educators working with refugee children and families in ECE settings, the study found that the bicultural ECE curriculum Te Whāriki offers a basis for belonging and inclusion for children while resettlement policies lack child visibility. The authors conclude that ECE services in Aotearoa New Zealand can play a vital role in the resettlement of refugee families with young children, and offer specific recommendations in which policy initiatives could better support this role.

The economics of child care supply in the United States
The Department of the Treasury, 14 September  2021 
This report describes the existing child care system in the United States, noting how it relies on private financing to provide care for most children, and documents how the market system fails to adequately serve many families. The report discusses President Biden’s proposed new policies to increase funding by offering universal preschool and providing access to high-quality child care for low- and middle-income children. President Biden’s plan proposes to cut child care spending in half for most American families by creating subsidized spaces and extending the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit. The report notes that these steps would directly address the revenue shortfalls and current market failures.

The role of cash benefit and in-kind benefit spending for child poverty in times of austerity: An analysis of 22 European countries 2006–2015
Social Indicators Research, 30 April 2019
The study analyzes the association between child poverty and public family spending on cash benefits and in-kind (non-cash) benefits in 22 European countries. The findings show a stable growth in the GDP-related and real levels of both types of spending, although spending on cash benefits have been more exposed to cost containment. Furthermore, spending on benefits in-kind was found to be more efficient for curbing child poverty even after controlling for unemployment, family structure, the general standard of living, as well as welfare institutional configurations. However, the efficiency of public family spending declined over the studied period. The study also finds that the relative significance of public family spending for child poverty, in comparison to structural factors (such as unemployment), varied according to which spending measure was used.

Accreditation effects on early childhood educator morale
The Sector, 14 September 2021
This article explores how early childhood educator morale is impacted by accreditation practices alongside managerialism which involves complex documents detailing the duties of educators in order to meet quality requirements. Increased hours and workload to maintain standards and regulations, particularly at times of accreditation, within an early learning setting was shown to decrease staff morale, which contributes to educators’ negative feelings about their roles, burnout, and reduced quality time spent with children. The author suggests the accreditation system needs to consider how it may unnecessarily add to workplace stress and negatively impact the early childhood workforce and program quality.

Child care in the news 

CA: Postmortem: Voters reject the laissez-faire approach to child care
Financial Post, 27 September 2021

CA: Few Canadian children were very sick during early days of COVID-19 pandemic
CTV News, 27 September 2021

CA: What did young voters get out of the 2021 election? That our leaders need to work together
Toronto Star, 22 September 2021

NS: N.S. extends vaccine mandate to correctional workers, regulated child-care centres
CBC News, 4 October 2021 

QC: 'Small miracle': Family daycares in Quebec to receive 30 per cent subsidy increase
CTV News, 4 October 2021

QC: Quebec's CPE daycare workers to strike on Oct. 14, 15
Montreal Gazette, 29 September 2021

ON: Local groups say affordable housing, childcare should be priorities for re-elected Beaches-East York MP Erskine-Smith
Beach Metro, 5 October 2021

ON: 'No reason to wait:' Liberal leader questions Ford's commitment to affordable childcare
CP24, 4 October 2021

ON: Huron County uses leftover funds to cover child-care costs for a month
CBC News, 24 September 2021

ON: Doug Ford needs to sign a child care deal for Ontario’s parents and economy
The Star, 22 September 2021

BC: New homes, child care spaces coming to Victoria
BC Government News, October 4, 2021

BC: Unsafe lead in water is widespread in Vancouver island daycares
The Tyee, 27 September 2021

YT: Yukoners cover childcare costs for Indigenous workers on Sept. 30
CBC News, 30 September 2021

EU: Oireachtas group told of childcare workers on ‘poverty wages’ 
Irish Times, 5 October 2021

US: How other nations pay for child care. The U.S. is an outlier.
The New York Times, 6 October 2021

US: Treasury report paints grim picture of U.S. child care system
Forbes, 22 September 2021

Events & Calls for participants

Operators rising up together: Community webinar
Association of Early Childhood Educators Ontario (AECEO), Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care (OCBCC) & Toronto Community for Better Child Care (TCBCC), 13 October 2021, 1:00-2:30 pm EDT
Join the AECEO, OCBCC and TCBCC for an afternoon webinar to share stories, hear from a labour and human rights lawyer, and talk about collective action to address the unique challenges of a child care operator.

Interview opportunity
Quote Unquote Collective, a multi-disciplinary feminist-focused performance company is seeking to interview child care workers and caregivers for their next theatre project (#UniversalChildCare2023). This opportunity is paid and open to Canadian and international individuals, please contact if you are interested. 
Online Documents Catalogue on the CRRU websiteThe CRRU email newsletter, sent out weekly to a subscribed list, lists new policy documents and news articles added to the website that week. These become part of the website’s Online Document Catalogue of ECEC-pertinent resources. 
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