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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 Executive Director of CRRU for more than 25 years. See About Martha Friendly for more information. Martha can be contacted by email at

Laura Feltham (she/her/they), MA ECS, Research Officer

Laura is a graduate of the Masters of Arts in Early Childhood Studies from Ryerson University and has a Bachelors of Science with a specialization in Psychology. Laura has been in this role at the CRRU since 2018, and works on a number of policy and research based projects in the early childhood education and care sector. She also supports the various CRRU placement/internship students during their time at the CRRU. Laura takes up an intersectional feminist lens to analyzing childcare and parental leave policy, and has special interests in inclusion and LGBTQ+ research. 

Connect with Laura on LinkedIn

Sophia Mohamed (she/her), MA ECS, RECE, Research Officer

Sophia is a Registered Early Childhood Educator and graduate of the Masters of Arts in Early Childhood Studies from Ryerson University. In her role at the CRRU she works on a number of policy and research-based projects in the early childhood education and care sector. She also mentors the various CRRU placement/internship students during their time at the CRRU. Sophia has a keen an avid interest in Canadian child care policy, ECEC workforce policy, the care economy and the devaluation of care work in a heteronormative and neo-liberal environment using an intersectional feminist approach. 

Sophia is also a part-time faculty member at George Brown College in the School of Early Childhood Education where she creates collaborative learning environments for ECE students to understand the histories and current realities of Canadian Social Policy and ECEC Policy in Canada.

Connect with Sophia on LinkedIn at or via 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

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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