Promoting Inclusion Quality in Child Care Centres


  • Donna Lero, Professor Emerita, University of Guelph
  • Sharon Hope Irwin, Kathleen Brophy

Description of Project:

A research-policy-practice collaboration between CFWW researcher, Donna Lero, and SpeciaLink: The National Centre for Child Care Inclusion began in the early 1990s and has resulted in several studies on inclusive child care and supported development of the SpeciaLink Early Childhood Inclusion Scales. 

Key studies and reports include:

Irwin, S. H., Lero, D. S. & Brophy, K. (2000). A Matter of Urgency: Including Children with Special Needs in Child Care in Canada. Wreck Cove, Nova Scotia: Breton Books.

Irwin, S. H., Lero, D. S. & Brophy, K. (2004). Inclusion: The Next Generation in Child Care in Canada. Wreck Cove, Nova Scotia: Breton Books. 

Lero, D. S. & Irwin, S. H. (2008). Improving quality, Enhancing inclusion: Partnerships for Inclusion ~ Nova Scotia Executive Summary. Guelph, ON: Centre for Families, Work and Well-Being, University of Guelph. 

Lero, D. S. (2010).  Assessing Inclusion Quality in Early Learning and Child Care in Canada with the SpeciaLink Child Care Inclusion Practices Profile and Principles Scale. A report prepared for the Canadian Council on Learning

Other Key Projects and Resources related to Childcare:

Lero, D., Brophy, K., Coulman, L. (2005). QC Wellington: A Community-Wide Approach for Improving and Sustaining High Quality Child Care in Wellington County. Guelph, ON: Centre for Families, Work & Well-Being, University of Guelph.

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