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Weekly newsletter of the Childcare Resource and Research Unit  24/03/21


Sounding the alarm: COVID-19’s impact on Canada’s precarious child care sector
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, 18 March 2021
Using data from their 7th annual survey, this CCPA report, co-authored by David Macdonald and CRRU's Martha Friendly, finds exorbitant child care fees remain in many cities outside Quebec, Manitoba, Newfoundland and Labrador and P.E.I., as child care services scramble to deal with a drop in enrolment from COVID-19. There is a strong correlation between declining enrolment and cities with high parent fees as well as those with high unemployment, further reinforcing the importance of public funding in child care. 

Research, policy and practice

Now is the time for BC to double down on commitment to $10-a-day child care 
Policy Note, 18 March 2021
Using data from CCPA’s recent child care fee survey, this article explains the influences on rising child care fees in British Columbia and its impacts on families, children, and the workforce. The article highlights the importance of B.C. continuing its $10-a-day program, and discusses how the provincial government can overcome barriers to meet their commitment to lower fees. 

Federal policies can address the impact of structural racism on Black families’ access to early care and education
Child Trends, 5 March 2021
This brief discusses how Black families are negatively impacted by structural racism in terms of inequalities in education, employment and income, and how access to early childhood education and care can support children, families, and communities. The article details how the United States federal government can implement policy strategies to support access to early childhood education and care for Black families.

An in-depth examination of family child care providers and their engagement with outside systems using a mixed methods case study approach
Children and Youth Services Review, 22 February 2021
This American study examines the differences of practices, beliefs, and professional engagement of twelve family child care providers in the state of Delaware. It explores family providers’ perspectives on quality improvement initiatives and their own practices with children and families. Findings suggest that there is significant variation in practices amongst licensed/unlicensed family child care providers noting that providers may have different needs and goals related to their participation with outside systems (legislation) suggesting the inadequacy of the licensed/unlicensed division when designing child care policy and implementing a child care system. 

Structures, understandings and discourses: Possibilities for re-envisioning the early childhood worker
Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, February 2006
This article by Peter Moss describes how there is an increasing recognition of the early childhood workforce, and how their work is complex and requires enhanced education. Despite this recognition, in many countries, the early childhood workforce remains split between a minority of teachers and a growing majority of child care workers with lower qualifications and poorer work conditions. The article considers what forms change might take, both structurally and in terms of how the worker and her work is understood, arguing for the need to connect restructuring with rethinking to re-envision the workforce. It also examines how understandings of the workforce are produced from different discourses and how different understandings relate to concepts of professionalism, proposing a politics of occupational identity and values that moves beyond the dualistic ‘non-professional/professional’ divide.

Child care in the news 

CA: The caring economy is the chokepoint of recovery: What’s the plan to value the people we know are essential to our well-being?
The Globe and Mail, 18 March 2021

CA: Canada's childcare facilities are closing even as daycare fees rise
CP24, 18 March 2021

PE: Pre-K preps come with added challenges for P.E.I.'s French daycares
CBC News, 19 March 2021

NS: Report: Child care centres are seeing a “dramatic” decline in enrolment due to COVID
Halifax Examiner, 18 March 2021

NB: Pandemic proved need for affordable, accessible childcare
Yahoo News, 23 March 2021

QC: Quebec wants to get rid of red tape to free up more daycare spaces
CTV News, 12 March 2021

MB: Manitoba nursery schools urging province to overturn decision on funding changes
CTV News, 22 March 2021

MB: Ottawa spending $4.4 million for Manitoba child-care facilities hurt by pandemic
CBC News, 19 March 2021

BC: Daycares saw enrolment drop during pandemic, with cost and unemployment rates among factors: report
CTV News, 18 March 2021

US: Why child care staff had to show up while teachers worked remotely
The New York Times, 19 March 2021

US: Billions of Covid relief dollars are going to child care. Here’s why advocates say more needs to be done to fix the crisis
CNBC, 18 March 2021


Taking profit out of care
Ontario Nonprofit Network
30 March 2021,1:00 pm EDT
The Ontario Nonprofit Network hosts a webinar on the impact of large for-profit chains on care industries such as child care and elder care. Speakers include Morna Ballantyne of Child Care Now, Deborah Simon and Jackie Brown. 

Susan Prentice on universal childcare: What’s the holdup?
Canada Centre for Policy Alternatives
8 April 2021, 6:00 pm CDT
Susan Prentice, Duff Roblin professor of government and professor of sociology at the University of Manitoba, joins Canada Centre for Policy Alternatives - Manitoba to discuss why child care services are so under-developed and what is required to build a national system that Canada needs. 

“Why should we bother with neoliberalism when we have to teach children"
UCL Thomas Coram Research Unit & UCL Department of Learning and Leadership
4 May 2021, 1:00 pm BST
Dr Guy Roberts-Holmes and Professor Peter Moss will draw on their new book, Neoliberalism and early childhood education: markets, imaginaries and governance, during a talk followed by a question and discussion session. The book is now available to pre-order and will be for sale through Canadian booksellers April 12, 2021. 
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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