Référence bibliographique 
Beach, Jane, Friendly, Martha, Ferns, Carolyn, Prabhu, Nina et Forerm, Barry. 2009. Early Childhood Education and Care in Canada, 2008 (8th édition). Toronto: Childcare Resource and Research Unit.
« This comprehensive report, the 8th edition since 1992, provides key data on child care and kindergarten across Canada. It tracks spaces, finances, quality issues and public policy developments at the provincial/territorial and federal levels, includes demographic information such as mothers’ labour force participation, and identifies trends over time. » (Site Web, Childcare Resource and Research Unit)
« The data were assembled from a variety of sources including Canada-wide data sources (identified below), federal/provincial/territorial government officials and from community, published and other resources. Information on ECEC programs under federal aegis and Aboriginal ECEC programs was provided by federal officials, augmented with publicly available data as noted in the text. Information on kindergarten and regulated child care was provided by provincial/territorial officials. » (p. vii)
Divers instruments de collecte de données ont été utilisés, notamment différents questionnaires (pour des entrevues téléphoniques et collecter des informations sur les garderies au Canada).
Type de traitement des données :
The report aims to presents data on child care and kindergarden in the 14 canadian jurisdictions (10 provinces, the three territories and the federal government). Globally, the report shows that the « [...] range and quality of early childhood education and care services and access to them vary enormously by region and circumstances. Organized ECEC [Early Childhood Education and Child Care] services across Canada are in short supply or, like public kindergarten, not sensitive to the labour force needs of parents and are available for only a minority of preschool-aged children. Regulated child care is often too costly for ordinary families or not sufficiently high quality to be considered ’developmental’. Young schoolaged children may be alone after school or attend recreation or other community programs that are not intended to provide ’care’. Overall, no region of Canada provides a system of well-designed, integrated and adequately funded early childhood education and care services to meet the needs of a majority of families and children. One of the most salient pieces of information about Canada’s early childhood education and care situation is that, although participation in the paid labour force has become the norm for mothers of young children, and the evidence about the benefits of quality early childhood programs for young children has accumulated, the situation has failed to progress significantly. » (p. xi)