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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.
The Childcare Resource and Research Unit was established to:
CRRU plays an integral role in the policy development process by:
Part of CRRU's mandate is to collect, organize and synthesize ECEC information resources and to make them widely available. CRRU's website supports this mandate in several ways:
CRRU produces a number of publications including an Occasional Paper series, BRIEFing NOTES, reports and videos. CRRU publications are available in print for order or online.
CRRU periodically assembles pan-Canadian data about ECEC. This publication provides profiles of ECEC services in each province/territory including information on spaces, funding, regulation, training, and more. Tables in the publication present comparative data across the country, as well as trends across time. The 2008 edition (published in 2009) is the eighth edition for CRRU. This major publication is available in print or online.
Until 2007, CRRU maintained a comprehensive print collection of materials on ECEC and related topics, including child and family services, work and family issues, women’s labour force participation, maternity and parental leave, and more. Materials are catalogued according to a subject classification system developed specifically for this collection and can be located online through a searchable database called Childcare Information Resource Collection (CIRC). The collection includes materials from federal, provincial, and municipal governments (both Canadian and foreign), reports from non-governmental organizations, books, periodicals, journal articles, and videotapes. There are more than 21,000 documents in the CIRC database.
Due to budget cutbacks, the resource room is not available at the present time. The CIRC database is still available online and is a valuable research tool but is not being updated.
Childcare Resource and Research Unit
225 Brunswick Ave.
Toronto Ontario M5S 2M6
(Northeast corner of Brunswick and Sussex)
The Childcare Resource and Research Unit is open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.