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Taking Care of Childcare Data

Upstream thinking and upstream ideas rely on current, accurate, and relevant data. Increasing data and evidence around many of the social determinants that dictate lifelong health are encouraging, but organizations' abilities to maintain current data isn't a given.

Recently, the Childcare Resource an Research Unit that maintains current data, and releases regular reports, on the status of childcare and early childhood education in Canada is feeling the squeeze. They're turning to the public to help. 

As kids head back to school, teachers back to work, and many children to their first days at daycare, the ways in which we choose to care for and educate our children are at the forefront of many parents' minds.

The Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU) is an early childhood education and child care (ECEC) policy research institute with a mandate to further ECEC policy and programs in Canada. As the keepers of extensive data on the status of childcare and early childhood education in this country, the CRRU understands the importance of this data: "Good data are vitally important for good policymaking, for policy analysis, research in multiple fields, advocacy and planning the provision of needed services for children and families. " 

Good data are vitally important for good policymaking, for policy analysis, research in multiple fields, advocacy and planning the provision of needed services for children and families.

The CRRU is turning to the public to fill a funding void left by the current Federal Government. They are determined to produce their 10th (since 1992) Early Childhood Education and Care in Canada report, and want your help. 

"We believe that it is absolutely necessary to continue this project. With the help of ECEC data users from different sectors and the many other people who believe that a national child care program is long overdue in Canada, we will develop ECEC in Canada 2014—the 10th edition—and make the data, together with data from previous years available to all."

 

Visit the campaign page for Taking Care of Child Care Data make a donation. 

 

To learn more about the status of childcare and early childhood education in Canada, check out a few resources and articles we've posted here lately

What costs more: Child care or university tuition?

Stop the baby battle and give dads their own paid leave

Better daycare for $7/day: One province's solution for Canada

Child care: Why Canada needs to do better at helping all families

What the world can teach Canada about building better daycare

 

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