Provincial and territorial governments are recognizing the importance of a professionally trained early childhood workforce and a curriculum grounded in children’s natural exuberance for learning. In 2006, only two provinces had early childhood curriculum frameworks—they are now in place or in development in every province and the Northwest Territories.
More attention is being paid to the ECE workforce, with enhanced professional development requirements for staff in New Brunswick, more density of trained staff in Saskatchewan and Newfoundland, and enhanced support for wages in the Northwest Territories, Alberta, Ontario, Manitoba, New Brunswick and Newfoundland. In addition, Québec and Prince Edward Island maintain a province-wide wage scale.
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