A guide for parents in Canada

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Childcare Resource and Research Unit
The Childcare Resource and Research Unit is an early childhood education and child care (ECEC) policy research institute with a mandate to further ECEC policy and programs in Canada. Its website includes a searchable database with thousands of news articles, reports, papers and videos.

Child Care Advocacy Association of Canada
The Child Care Advocacy Association of Canada (CCAAC) is a non-profit organization promoting publicly funded child care in Canada by advocating through public education and political action. The CCAAC’s goal is for inclusive, affordable, non-profit, quality child care in Canada to become a progressive family policy that will provide a range of services to children and families.

Elements of a high quality early learning and child care system
This paper describes eight linked elements that, taken into account together, form the basis for the creation of a system of early learning and child care where high quality is the norm rather than the exception. (Friendly, Martha & Beach, Jane, Childcare Resource and Research Unit, 2005)

A vision for universal childcare [VIDEO]
This video provides a visual representation of the above mentioned vision for child care. It provides an answer to the question: What could childcare look like in 2020, if our federal and provincial governments actually invested in a universal and affordable system?(PSAC & AFPC, 13 Nov 2014)
Les services de garde universels : une vision [VIDEO]
Cette vidéo fournit une représentation visuelle de la vision mentionnée ci-dessus pour la garde d'enfants . Il fournit une réponse à la question: Qu'est-ce que pourrait ressembler à la garde d'enfants en 2020 , si nos gouvernements fédéral et provincial effectivement investi dans un système universel et abordable (PSAC & AFPC, 13 Nov 2014)

BRIEFing Note: Fact or fiction? Seven persistent myths about child care
BRIEFing Note from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit identifies seven common myths about child care and provides responses for each based on what we know from research, policy and practice. (Childcare Resource and Research Unit, 5 Nov 2014)

The child care transition
UNICEF Innocenti Report Card 8 compares early childhood education and care in wealthy countries; Canada ranks at the bottom of 25 countries, meeting only one of ten key benchmarks. (Innocenti Report Card, UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre, 11 Dec 2008)

How do they do it in Sweden? [VIDEO]
This Early Years series video uncovers the successful Swedish approach to education in Motala. It outlines Sweden's attitude to teaching one to six year olds which is incredibly relaxed. There's little formal learning and play is paramount. (Teachers TV, n.d.)

Night nurseries: Sweden's round-the-clock childcare [VIDEO]
This video from BBC considers the elements of Sweden’s public child care system. This includes night nurseries which offer parents working flexible or unconventional hours overnight and weekend services. (Savage, Maddy, BBC News, 19 Mar 2013)