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"Investment in the development
and care of our youngest children
is the most fundamental form of good leadership."
from UNICEF, The State of the
World's Children 2001
The Childcare Resource
and Research Unit focuses on research andpolicy on early
childhood care and education. Its mandate is to advance
the idea of a publicly funded, universally accessible, comprehensive,
high-quality, not-for-profit system of early childhood care
and education in Canada.
The Childcare Resource and Research Unit
(CRRU) began operation in the early 1980s in response to
a need for research and public education resources on child
care. As child care and related services have developed
in Canada, researchers, advocates, and policy makers have
faced an increasing need for research, policy, and program
materials on child care. Over the years, the CRRU has evolved
to meet some of their requirements.
The CRRU provides educational resources;
consults on child care policy; contributes to public education
on child care; supports and carries out research projects;
and publishes its research results.
The CRRU plays an integral role in policy
development by anticipating the need for information on
par-ticular issues; collecting, organizing, packaging and
disseminating information; keeping up-to-date on developments
related to programs, research, and policy in the child care
field; facilitating communication among people involved
in the development of child care; interpreting research
and policy materials in a form useful for people with an
interest in child care in Canada; undertaking research and
evaluation; and supporting and consulting with others involved
in these activities.
CRRU maintains the Childcare Information
Resources Collection (CIRC), a comprehensive reference collection
covering child and family services, work and family issues,
women’s labour force participation, and maternity
and parental leave. The items in the collection come from
all levels of government (both Canadian and foreign) and
from non-governmental organizations. The catalogue is available
online at the CRRU web site. The collection itself is housed
at 455 Spadina Avenue, 3rd floor.
CRRU publishes working papers, information
sheets, and other documents. Every few years, CRRU compiles
and publishes a summary of province-by-province information
about child care and early childhood services.
The CRRU website provides a wide range
of policy, research, and resource information as well as
links to research, policy documents, and many other resources.
For further information:
tel 416-978-6895, fax 416-971-2139
455 Spadina Avenue, Suite 305
Carl Corter, PhD, 416-923-6641
Martha Friendly, 416-978-6895