Struggles and sit-ins: The early years of Campus Community Co-operative Day Care Centre and child care in Canada

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Image of kids with picket signs on cover of Occasional Paper 33
Julie Mathien
30 Jun 2021
ISBN 978-1-896051-72-7


This paper by long-time child care advocate and policy expert Julie Mathien documents the roots of modern child care policy in Canada through the lens of Campus Community Co-operative Day Care Centre (CCCDCC) at the University of Toronto. The paper describes the rise of community-based child care in Ontario, the first wave of child care advocacy and the 1960s context of progressive political activism. It was written to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Campus Co-op, founded by Toronto feminists in 1969.  

Read the related guest blog by Lisa Pasolli "Creating universal child care from the ground up: The legacy of Toronto's grassroots child care advocacy".

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