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About the 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.

Why we do it

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Over the years, a philosophy has evolved which guides the activities and development of CRRU:

  • Based on multidisciplinary research and policy analysis, CRRU has a commitment to the development of a universal, high quality, publicly-funded, not-for-profit, inclusive ECEC system. The development and implementation of an ECEC system in Canada will be a lengthy process. Close attention to program and policy details now will pay off in the future.
  • Policy makers and program specialists in federal, provincial and local government, program practitioners, parents, coordinating bodies and advocates in the community, and researchers with special skills and expertise all have important roles to play in the development of this high quality ECEC system.
  • The program design, policy development and research which will provide a solid framework for the development of this ECEC system can be strengthened by information, resources and technical assistance.
  • One useful and important component of the process of designing and developing child care services is communication among researchers, policy makers and the community across Canada.
  • The provision of public education, information resources, and technical and research support has both proactive and reactive aspects; both are important.
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