2014 | 2011
The Early Childhood Education Report 2014 examines the policy frameworks that promote quality, accessible services for young children and provides a snapshot of provincial ECE services through a common set of core standards essential for the delivery of quality programs. The study demonstrates the progress Canada has made. It is one of the many legacies of Dr. Fraser Mustard; we will remember his words that ECE belongs to all children.Dr. Mary Young, pediatrician, co-leader (with James Heckman) of the Early Childhood Interventions Network/Human Capability Economic Opportunity Working Group at the University of Chicago, and former Lead Child Development Specialist in the World Bank's Human Development Network This report informs families, educators, policy-makers and economists with a contemporary understanding of what constitutes early learning and caring and has informed policy development in Newfoundland and Labrador in support of quality programming.Dr. David Philpott, Professor - Inclusive Education, Faculty of Education, Memorial University of Newfoundland & Labrador There is a strong scientific and economic basis for investing in high quality ECE programs for all young children. The public must have clear information on the extent to which policies actually support this goal province by province. The Early Childhood Education Report 2014 provides this information with style and clarity. With the Early Childhood Education Report, citizens now have a detailed guide for the policy improvements that their province must make to prepare all children to succeed in the 21st century.Michel Boivin, Ph.D., MSRC/FSRC, Canada Research Chair in Child Development; Professeur École de psychologie, Université LavalThe Lawson Foundation is proud to support the work that has led to the release of the Early Education Report 2014. Quality early childhood education is good for children, for families, for the economy and for society, and it is good for Canada.But we need to lift our collective game to support early learning. Effective monitoring of how we are building systems to support children and families is critical to letting us know how we are doing and where we need to go. Marcel Lauzière, Executive Director, The Lawson FoundationEarly Childhood Education Report 2014 provides a very interesting overview of developments, and will be a mirror to policymakers across Canada. The concluding remarks say it best, pointing to the real place where impact needs to be found; in the discussions and actions on the ground and including many participants.Tove Mogstad Slinde, Chair, Network on Early Childhood Education and Care, Organization for Economic Cooperation and DevelopmentAddressing many of our most pressing issues today from reducing child and family poverty, to building a pluralistic society, to preparing the next generation of competent citizens can be best served by investing in early childhood education. The Early Childhood Education Report 2014 tells us how we are spending, if we are spending enough and if we are spending smart. Honourable Margaret Norrie McCain, Co-chair Early Years Studies 1, 2 and 3. The Early Childhood Education Report will make a major contribution to social policy discussions and decisions regarding early childhood education in Canada in the coming years.W. Steven Barnett, Ph.D., Director, National Institute for Early Education Research, Rutgers University and co-author of the annual State of Preschool The Early Childhood Education Report 2014 ably expands the information provided in 2011 to include trends in changes among jurisdictions in the availability, use, workforce, and government spending on early child care and education. In pulling together the detailed financial information from respective governments, and presenting it in an easily understandable, clear format, it is unique in providing a level perspective often lacking from a popular discourse on early childhood. A comprehensive and illuminating resource, as well as a powerful advocacy tool; it should be read by any and all audiences who care about children.Dr. Magdalena Janus, Associate Professor at the Offord Centre for Child Studies, McMaster University, Ontario Chair in Early Child Development and co-creator of the Early Development Instrument (EDI) The Early Childhood Education Report makes a very strong case for a universal platform to support early child development as key to a healthy and just society. It presents a common set of standards that illustrate growth across Canadian provinces and territories, pointing the way to concrete programming and policy actions that are needed. These important ideas are firmly anchored in the growing evidence from many research fields. The report shines a light on Canadian investment in ensuring all children have a strong start for school and for life.Dr. Janette Pelletier, Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study, OISE, University of TorontoThe report shows promising trends as many provinces increased their investments in the early years, but there remains much to do. Investing in quality and in what has been demonstrated as effective still needs to guide our actions. We need to keep track of what we do and how it impacts young children's lives and the well-being of their families.Ray DeV. Peters, PhD, Emeritus Professor of Psychology, Research Director of the Better Beginning, Better Futures Longitudinal Study
November 26, 2014
Letter from Premier Christy Clark
November 12, 2014
The Honourable Frank Lewis, Lieutenant Governor of Prince Edward Island, opened the Fifth Session of the Sixty-fourth General Assembly of Prince Edward Island with the Speech from the Throne.
Excerpt: "In 2011, the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) ranked PEI’s new early learning and child care system second in Canada, behind only Quebec. Since then, our system has been further enhanced through continued education and training of our early childhood educators and ongoing support to the implementation of our provincial early learning curriculum framework. Earlier today, OISE released its Early Childhood Education 2014 Report, increasing PEI’s rating and moving it to a first place tie with Quebec."
To read the entire Speech from the Throne
December 11, 2014
Letter from Premier Brian Gallant
January 19, 2015
Letter to Premier Brian Gallant
I am pleased the report demonstrates how we compare with other provinces but it also gives us guidance as we look to the future. We know that providing affordable, quality, licensed child-care for families gives children a head start as they prepare for school and allows more parents the choice to pursue training, education and employment.Gord Mackintosh, (Former) Manitoba Family Services MinisterWe acknowledge and appreciate the valuable information included, as it has helped to highlight pertinent areas on which to focus as we build a strong early childhood system for our youngest learners. Darrin Pike, M.Ed., Deputy Minister Education, Newfoundland & LabradorAccording to the Report, Nova Scotia is lagging behind other provinces in providing a coordinated approach to the delivery of early years programs. In the last Throne Speech the province committed to consulting and developing an integrated approach to early childhood development programs.Darrell Dexter, (Former) Nova Scotia PremierThe Ministry of Education has used the information and research to inform our early learning policy and program development. We are pleased to see such a depth of information and range of research findings on the importance of high quality environments to support children’s learning and development.Rod Allen, Superintendent Learning Division, British ColumbiaWe are very encouraged by the report’s national recognition of our commitment to early childhood education. Working closely with the early childhood community, we have accomplished much in a short period, including the establishment of a school-based kindergarten program delivered by early childhood educators.Alan McIsaac, Prince Edward Island, Education and Early Childhood Development Minister
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