Acknowledgements

Many people read and provided invaluable information for this Report. We appreciate the thoughtful and insightful comments provided by Alexis Gagné, Jane Bertrand, Pat Wedge, Ann Robertson, Sue Deloney, Christine Maclean, Ann Sherman, Joanne Murrell, Charles Pascal, Zeenat Janmohamed, Christine Nunez, André Plamondon, François Lagarde and Jennifer Jenkins.

We would like to acknowledge the Atkinson Centre at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education/University of Toronto and the support and encouragement provided by its chair, Dr. Jennifer Jenkins, and its faculty and administration. Also to the Connaught Global Challenge Award, University of Toronto that supports the work of Dr. Emis Akbari. We can not find the words to express our gratitude to our project director, Stacey Mudie, who kept unlimited drafts of text and figures in play, and who organized all the logistics that allowed the Report to happen.

We would like to highlight the vital contribution of Statistics Canada to this project. Helping Canadians understand their country—its population, resources, economy, society and culture—is critical to protecting our democracy. The quality information generated by the department is invaluable for evidence-based policy making at every level of governance.

Thanks also to the staff of provincial and territorial departments and ministries who gave generously of their time to respond to our questions.

Departments contacted included:

Newfoundland and Labrador
Department of Child, Youth and Family Services
Department of Education and Early Childhood Development
Department of Health and Community Services

New Brunswick
Department of Education and Early Childhood Development

Nova Scotia
Department of Education and Early Childhood Development

Prince Edward Island
Department of Education and Early Childhood Development

Québec
Ministry of Children and Youth Services
Ministry of Education, Leisure and Sports

Ontario
Ministry of Education

Manitoba
Healthy Child Manitoba
Family Services
Education and Advanced Learning

Saskatchewan
Ministry of Education

Alberta
Alberta Children and Youth Services
Alberta Education

British Columbia
Ministry of Children and Family Development
Ministry of Education

Northwest Territories
Department of Education, Culture and Employment

The production of this report was made possible thanks to the skill and patience of the following: our copy editors, Janice Dyer (English) and Maryse Froment-Lebeau (French); Claire Gascon-Giard, who provided invaluable feedback as she led the French translation made by Asiatis; graphic designers Erin Holmes of Soplari Design and Greg Slater of Thistle Printing. The authors would also like to  acknowledge Kathleen McBride and Cranberryink for the website development and With Intent for its communications support.

The Atkinson Centre sincerely thanks its funding partners (listed here) whose support is essential to the creation and dissemination of
the Early Childhood Education Report 2014.

We are grateful to the Lucie and André Chagnon Foundation who sponsored the French translation for the Report and contributed to its content development and dissemination in Québec. Our admiration goes to the Jimmy Pratt Foundation who has used both editions of the ECE Report to great effect in Newfoundland.

While appreciating the input of many, the authors accept full responsibility for the content of the Early Childhood Education Report 2014.

Emis Akbari, Kerry McCuaig