The CRRU team

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The Childcare Resource and Research Unit has been developed and staffed by individuals with diverse backgrounds including early childhood education, psychology, library sciences, political science, women’s studies, sociology, labour unions and the arts.

The CRRU staff currently includes an executive director, three staff and a part-time website developer. We also provide student field placements for several post-secondary institutions. Together, this group of individuals provides public education and policy analysis; consults on child care policy and research; produces papers and other resources; and provides extensive online resources and research through the website.

CRRU staff can be contacted using the contact form or through individual emails.

CRRU staff

Martha Friendly, Executive Director

Martha Friendly is the executive director and founder of the Childcare Resource and Research Unit. As a policy researcher, Martha is an active participant in the cross-Canada child care movement that has been advocating for a universal public system of high quality child care since the 1970s and writes extensively about ECEC policy much of her work can be found by searching the Online Documents Catelogue. See About Martha Friendly for more information.

Martha can be contacted by email at

Billie Carroll, Web Developer

Billie is responsible for design and development of the CRRU websites. She acts as a consultant to CRRU in effectively using the web, supports CRRU staff in creating web content, and designs related print materials. She has been helping non-profit organizations with their web presence since 1997. Billie lives and works in Roberts Creek, BC. Contact Billie by email at

Ngoc Tho (Tegan) Nguyen (she/they), RECE, Hon. BECL, BA, Research Assistant

Tegan is a Registered Early Childhood Educator in Ontario, Canada and graduate of the Honours Bachelor of Early Childhood Leadership from George Brown College. Tegan has completed her internship at the CRRU. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts in French Linguistics & Literature from the University of Social Sciences and Humanities (Ho-Chi-Minh City, Vietnam). In her role at the CRRU she works alongside research officers and other staff members on a number of policy and research-based projects in the early childhood education and care sector. Tegan has a particular interest in care work, underserved communities, and the intersection of pedagogical practices in ECEC with public policy.

Connect with Tegan on LinkedIn or via email at 

Placement students/ Interns

The CRRU believes that mentorship in the ECEC sector is incredibly important and strives to create opportunities for mentorship and student experience. The CRRU hosts student placements/ internships from a number of academic institutions, organizations and community partners. Students and interns at the CRRU are an integral part of the organization and contribute to the work at the CRRU. If you’re interested in a placement or internship, please get in touch with us via email

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