Benchmarks are not aspirational goals; instead, they express the basic requirements that jurisdictions should meet to establish and maintain acceptable quality and access in their early childhood systems. For this reason, partial marks are not assigned. A mark was given if policies are in place or if the province has embarked on a particular initiative with a commitment to take it systemwide. Many jurisdictions have ambitious plans for their ECE systems, however if these polices are still in development the benchmark was not attained. Future efforts and commitments will be reflected in upcoming iterations of the ECE Report. Read the complete review of provincial/territorial ECE policies and programming.
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