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Weekly newsletter of the Childcare Resource and Research Unit  10/02/21


ON: Francophone and bilingual daycare to reopen after receiving rent waiver
Ottawa Citizen, 9 February 2021

Childcare services in cities: Challenges and emerging solutions for women informal workers and their children
Environment and Urbanization, 23 January 2021
This article explores the key barriers to child care provision for women who are informal workers and their children in cities, and assesses the role municipalities can play in the provision of childcare services in the global south. The author notes that access to quality child care services in urban areas can help break the cycle of gendered and intergenerational poverty as cities recover from the pandemic.

Research, policy and practice

SARS-CoV-2 transmission among children and staff in daycare centres during a nationwide lockdown in France: a cross-sectional, multicentre, seroprevalence study
The Lancet, 8 February 2021
Based on 22 child care centres, this study estimates the percentage of children and staff who had antibodies against SARS-CoV-2 after attending child care during a nationwide lockdown in France between March and May 2020. The results show that the proportion of young children in the sample with SARS-CoV-2 infection was low, which means that transmission within families seemed more plausible than transmission within child care centres.

Childcare availability and maternal employment: New evidence from Japan
Economic Analysis and Policy, March 2021
In the context of decreased grandparental child care and new developments of formal child care services in Japan, this study estimates the effects of child care availability on maternal employment using municipality data and nationwide surveys in 2015, 2016, and 2017. The results show that an increase in the capacity rate of child care facilities targeted at the 0–5 age group predicts an increase in the probability of mothers working.
Recommendations for selecting and implementing an early childhood care and education state governance structure
American Institutes for Research, 1 February 2021
This brief provides a set of recommendations for Illinois state leaders who may be examining or reconsidering their state’s early childhood care and education (ECCE) governance structure. The authors start with a review of the major types of ECCE governance structures and the strengths and weaknesses of each model and then offer five recommendations and implementation factors to help states consider, adopt, and implement new ECCE governance structures.

How states can spend $10 billion for child care well, wisely & with urgency
National Association for the Education of Young Children, Education Counsel, Center for Law and Social Policy, 28 January 2021
This brief outlines policy considerations that states can implement to provide immediate relief to the US child care system. In creating relief plans, officials can draw on what they’ve heard from providers and parents throughout the pandemic, the data they have on needs of the field and innovations from other states. In considering which providers and communities have been hardest hit by the public health and economic crisis, key considerations need to include racial equity and other inequities.

Child care in the news 

QC: Daycare network wants to create more spots than Quebec will authorize
Montreal Gazette, 9 February 2021
ON: London Morning with Rebecca Zandbergen: Recognizing early childhood educators
CBC Radio - London Morning, 3 February 2021

ON: First a thank you, then a wage hike: That's what daycare operators want 
CBC News, 3 February 2021

MB: Cuts to the enhanced operating grants in Manitoba daycares signal an escalating crisis facing low-income parents
The Manitoban, 2 February 2021

BC: Vancouver city council to debate encouraging after-hours child-care spaces
CBC News, 6 February 2021

YT: Subsidized daycare coming in April, says Yukon government
CBC News, 4 February 2021

YT: Child care providers question plans for early kindergarten in rural Yukon schools
CBC News, 8 February 2021

US: Opinion: Here come the tired arguments against universal child care — reject them
Early Learning Nation, 5 February 2021

US: Three American mothers on the brink
The New York Times, 4 February 2021

US: COVID-19 burdens ‘child care deserts’
Chicago Sun Times, 8 February 2021

EU: Daycares not major source of COVID-19 transmission, French study finds
CTV News, 8 February 2021


US: Webinar: A Guide to Reform Using the 2020 Early Childhood Workforce Index
Center for the Study of Child Care Employment, 24 February 2021
During this global pandemic, child care has been recognized as essential, yet most states have failed to enact policies to support and early educators themselves. Reform is needed now more than ever. Join the Center for the Study of Child Care Employment and guest speakers to learn how to use the new 2020 Early Childhood Workforce Index. Take action to improve working conditions for early educators and strengthen our early care and education system for children and families.

US: Webinar: How are our children? Updates and policy implications from the RAPID-EC surveys
Alliance for Early Success, 17 March 2021 (3:00 PM EST)
In this webinar, Dr. Fisher and Dr. Lombardi will share the story about children and families that’s emerging from the data, resources from the project that can enhance state advocates and policymakers, and ideas about what policy responses are needed to respond to the toll the pandemic is taking on these families.
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