Fonds F-149 - Simon Fraser University Childcare Society fonds

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Simon Fraser University Childcare Society fonds

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  • 1966 - 1999 (Creation)
    Simon Fraser University Childcare Society

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58 cm of textual records
28 photographs
6 sound recordings

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(1974 -)

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The SFU Childcare Society presently operates eleven programs that are collectively known as the Children's Centre. The Children's Centre is an independent, legally incorporated non-profit society with registered charitable organization status. The Children's Centre provides full and part time care to approximately 240 children, ranging in age from 3 months to 12 years. Each program has its own physical space and is often referred to as a centre. A Board of Directors is composed of parent representatives, university representatives, childcare staff representatives and community representatives. The Executive Director is an ex-officio, non-voting member of the Board, hired through the University (with direction from the Society Board) to be the Coordinator for the Society and to act as a liaison between the Society and the University.

Daycare began at SFU in 1968 when a group of parents established the Simon Fraser Co-operative Family in a student lounge. By 1973, the Family Co-op had grown into the SFU Day Care Society with three units in different locations. By 1976, there were five licensed daycare centres all incorporated under the Burnaby Mountain Day Care Society.

In 1976 the University provided 1.2 million dollars to fund construction of a childcare complex, the first of its kind in Canada. The University also supported the appointment of a full-time director, Emily Campbell. For funding purposes, the Burnaby Mountain Day Care Society separated into five non-profit societies, which could each apply for grants. The five societies and their nine centres formed a loose federation, The Burnaby Association of University Child Care Societies, to set overall policy, coordinate activities, and exchange information. Centres remained autonomous in financing, staffing, and style of care.

In 1981 it became evident that current levels of University funding were in jeopardy. A Task Force was struck by the University to investigate the current organization of childcare on campus. Following recommendations of that Task Force, the five individual daycare societies were reorganized in 1982 into a single non-profit society, The SFU Childcare Society, which continues today.

The SFU Childcare Society is funded primarily through parent user fees and Board fund raising efforts. These monies are used for staff salaries and benefits, program related expenses, equipment purchase and upkeep, playgrounds, administrative costs and utilities.

A Licensing Agreement with the University provides for repairs and maintenance service for all the major building structures, comprehensive insurance, and the salary and benefits for the Executive Director and secretarial positions.

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The fonds of the SFU Childcare Society consists of records made or received in the course of administering the Society and its predecessor bodies and providing facilities, personnel and funding for childcare programs. The bulk of the material ranges from 1968 to the early 1990s. Activities documented include meetings of the various societies and centres established to provide childcare services; obtaining license agreements with the University; securing collective agreements with staff; planning for child care services; construction of buildings; correspondence and liaison with government officials and university administrators; and providing information to parents and staff.

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The records were donated to the Archives by the SFU Childcare Society in 1997.


The records were originally selected for retention and arranged by the staff of the SFU Childcare Centre from a larger quantity of materials stored at the Centre. The Archivist completed the arrangement of the material to reflect the various societies which provided childcare over the years as well as the activities and functions that generated the records. Within files, documents are generally arranged chronologically.

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Some files may contain personal or confidential information. Access to these files may be restricted as stipulated by Archives policy or the donor. Files marked 'pending review' must be reviewed by an archivist prior to release, and as a result of the review access restrictions may apply. Please see the file lists and consult the archivist for more details.

Access to analog sound recordings is restricted due to the fragility of the medium (audio cassettes); consult the reference archivist for more information about accessing these recordings.

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Finding aids

File list is available. More detailed histories of the SFU Childcare Society, "The History of Day Care on Campus at Simon Fraser University," Researched and edited by Diane MacDonald, 1979 and "Celebrating 30 Years of Caring," by SFU Childcare, Society, 1968-1998 are available in the hard copy version of the finding aid maintained in the Archives Reading Room.

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Associated materials

For other material relating to the SFU Daycare Society, see the Simon Fraser Student Society fonds (F-74), the Student Services fonds (F-107), the records of the Vice-President, University Services (F-207), and the SFU Childcare Society collection (Mary Wilson collector) (F-229).


All accessions have been processed as of September 2002. Further accruals are expected. According to the Agreement to Transfer signed by the Simon Fraser University Childcare Society and the Archives, the Society will donate its inactive records to the Archives once every five years.

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The 6 audio recordings include 12 audio cassettes (originals and copies).

Photographs are located in series 4; sound recordings are located in series 5.

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Finding aid prepared by Frances Fournier, Enid Britt (July 2001); revised by Lisa Beitel (November 2005); updated by Richard Dancy (January 2006); items re-numbered (September 2012).

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