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Faculty of Community Services

Rachel Langford




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  • Canadian child care movement.
  • Early childhood policy.
  • Ethics of care.
  • Early childhood pedagogy.


Prior to teaching post-secondary students, I worked for 17 years in a range of settings, from early childhood to elementary education. I am the past president of the Association of Early Childhood Educators Ontario which is committed to enhancing the professional recognition of early childhood educators in Ontario. I regularly speak provincially and nationally to professional and community audiences about early childhood issues.

Research Interests:

Research interests:

  • Canadian child care movement.
  • Development of childcare policy in Canada.
  • Theorizing the care of young children.

Research projects:

  • Project: Caring about care: An examination of care in Canadian childcare
  • Year: 2016-2019
  • Role: Principal Investigator 
  • Co-investigators: Patrizia Albanese (Ryerson University), Susan Prentice (University of Manitoba) and Kate Bezanson (Brock University)
  • Funded by: SSHRC
  • Project: ECEC sector professionalism as a Canadian child care movement strategy in an era of neoliberalism
  • Year: 2011-2015
  • Role: Principal Investigator
  • Co-investigators: Patrizia Albanese (Ryerson University) and Susan Prentice (University of Manitoba)
  • Funded by: SSHRC

Current Courses:

Teaching responsibilities:

  • CLD 500: A Caring World for Children
  • CLD 454: Policy in ECEC

Teaching interests:

  • Ethics of care.
  • Early childhood policy.
  • Reconceptualizing early childhood education.

Selected Publications:


  • Paasche, C., Langford, R, Nolan, K. & Cipperone, B. (2019). Inclusion in early childhood programs: Children with exceptionalities. (7th Ed.). Toronto, ON: Nelson
  • Langford, R., Prentice, S., & Albanese, P. (Eds.). (2017). Caring for children: Social movements and public policy in Canada. Vancouver, BC: UBC Press.


  • Langford, R. & Richardson, B. (2019). Working towards change: The ECEC workforce in Canada. In S. Phillipson & S. Garvis (Eds.). Teachers’ and Families’ Perspectives in ECEC: ECE in the 21 century Volume II (pp. 25-37). Abingdon, Oxon, UK: Routledge.
  • Richardson, B. & Langford, R. (2018). ECEC in Canada: Consistently inconsistent childcare policy. In S. Garvis, S. Phillipson & H. Harju-Luukkainen (Eds.), International perspectives on ECEC: ECE in the 21st century, Volume I (pp. 20-33). Abingdon, Oxon, UK: Routledge.
  • Langford, R. (2012). An early childhood professional’s authority: How can it be used for influencing and instigating action for social goods? In V. Pacini-Ketchabaw & L. Prochner (Eds.) Re-situating Canadian early childhood education (pp. 73-89), New York: Peter Lang Publishing.
  • Langford, R. (2012). Innovations in provincial early learning curriculum frameworks. In N. Howe & L. Prochner (Eds.), Recent Perspectives on Early Childhood Education and Care in Canada (pp. 206-228). Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

Journal articles:

  • Langford, R., Albanese, P., Bezanson, K., Prentice, S., Richardson, B. & White, J. (2017). Caring about care: Repositioning care as integral to the politics and policies of early childhood education and care in Canada. Global Studies of Childhood Journal.
  • Langford, R., Di Santo, A., Valeo, A., Underwood, K., & Lenis, A. (2016). The innovation of Ontario’s full day kindergarten teams: Have they reproduced the split systems of care and education? Gender and Education, DOI:10.1080/09540253.2016.1258456.
  • Langford, R., Prentice, S., Richardson, B. & Albanese, P. (2016). Conflictual and cooperative childcare politics in Canada. International Journal of Child Care and Education Policy, 10 (1), DOI 10.1186/s40723-016-0017-3
  • MacDonald, L., Richardson, B. & Langford, R. (2015). ECEs as childcare advocates: Examining the scope of childcare advocacy carried out by ECEs from the perspective of childcare movement actors in Ontario and Manitoba. Canadian Children, 40(1),
  • Richardson, B. & Langford, R. (2014). A shifting collective identity: A critical discourse analysis of the Child Care Advocacy Association of Canada’s public messaging in 2005 and 2008. Critical Discourse Studies, http:
  • Richardson, B., Langford, R., Friendly, M. & Rauhala (2013). From choice to change: An analysis of the ‘choice’ discourse in Canada’s 2006 federal election, Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood,14(3), 155-167.
  • Rachel Langford , Susan Prentice , Patrizia Albanese , Bernadette Summers , Brianne Messina-Goertzen & Brooke Richardson (2013): Professionalization as an advocacy strategy: a content analysis of Canadian child care social movement organizations’ 2008 discursive resources, Early Years: An International Research Journal, DOI:10.1080/09575146.2013.789489  To link to this article:
  • Langford, R. (2010). Theorizing an early childhood educator’s authority for the advancement of social goods. Alberta Journal of Educational Research, 56 (3), 291-303
  • Langford, R. (2010). Critiquing child-centred pedagogy to bring children and early childhood educators into the centre of a democratic pedagogy. Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, Vol. 11(1), 113-127.

Professional publications:

  • Halfon, S & Langford, R. (2015). Developing and supporting a high quality child care workforce in Canada: What are the barriers to change? In Moving beyond baby steps: Building a child care plan for today’s families, Our Selves, Our Schools, Centre for Policy Alternatives, 24(4), 131-145.
  • Langford R., Hewes, J., Hooper, S., & Lysack, M. (Eds.) (2015). Special issue: Professionalism in ECEC. Canadian Children. 20(1), Retrieved from
  • Langford R., & Di Santo A. (Eds.), (2013) Leading the way: Recognizing the role of early learning lab schools in Canadian universities and colleges. School of Early Childhood Studies, Ryerson, University, Toronto: ON  Retrieved from

Professional Affiliations:

  • George L. Geis Dissertation Award for the most outstanding Canadian doctoral dissertation focusing on higher education, 2005.
  • Crystal Apple Award for teaching excellence, George Brown College, 2005.

Position Currently Held:

Professor (on sabbatical leave in Fall 2019)

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  • Office location: KHS-354, Kerr Hall South