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About the Childcare Resource and Research Unit

The Childcare Resource and Research Unit is a policy research institute with a goal of early childhood education and child care for all --  fundamental  for women’s equality and a right for all children.

Who we are

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The Childcare Resource and Research Unit's central mandate is to advance gender equality in Canada by improving childcare provision, with a goal of universal (available, affordable, high quality, inclusive) childcare.   

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 even the arts.

Who we are

The CRRU staff is currently composed of an Executive Director, two staff and a web developer. CRRU also provides 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.


Martha Friendly, Executive Director
Martha founded CRRU in 1983. She has been the coordinator of CRRU for more than 25 years. See About Martha Friendly for more information about Martha.

Bethany Grady, Research Officer
Bethany provides research support to CRRU projects and supervises CRRU's placement students. Bethany got started at the CRRU as a placement student herself and has since worked on a number of CRRU projects. Bethany has a Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Leadership from Sheridan and a diploma in Early Childhood Education.

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.

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