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Centre for Urban and
Community Studies
University of Toronto
455 Spadina Ave.
Suite 400
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
M5S 2G8

(416) 978-2072
(416) 978-7162


Childcare Resource and
Research Unit

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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 x 4501
Academic Co-ordinator

Martha Friendly, 416-978-6895

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