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Exploring the foundation for Collaborative Governance to support early childhood in Nova Scotia

New study from Dr. Jessie-Lee McIsaac, Mount Saint Vincent University: "Providing the best start for our youngest generation is a growing priority internationally. Integrated Service Delivery (ISD) offers an approach to address complex system challenges and improve access to early childhood public services for young children and their families. The...

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No data, no problem, no action

The Hamilton Spectator | June 18, 2020 Excerpt: "In the past decades, advocating for better data on early child development has also been strengthened by the argument that it is more costly not to know than it is to collect such data. I think time has come to say that...

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A strong child-care system is essential to our recovery from the pandemic

The Globe and Mail | June 14, 2020 Excerpt: "Early learning and child care is a powerful equalizer, narrowing achievement gaps that emerge before children even start school. Educational child care is needed more than ever to help families address the trauma of the pandemic, to support parent employment and...

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McDonald’s Workers in Denmark Pity Us

The New York Times | May 8, 2020 Excerpt: "Increasingly, I came to see that emulating a Danish-style system of high wages wasn’t just about lifting the minimum wage but, even more, about investing in children.Many Danes see the nurturing of children as part of their nation’s secret sauce, so...

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Now is the time to invest in preschool education. Here’s why

Fortune | May 6, 2020 Margaret and Wallace McCain Family Foundation’s friend and colleague Dr. Stephen Barnett (National Institute of Early Education Research) makes the social and economic case for investing in ECE now. Barnett concludes “there is no investment with a higher long-term potential payoff - if we get...

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Early Childhood Development in a Time of Pandemic

Free Webinars! Families Canada (FC) and the Centre of Excellence for Early Childhood Development (CEECD) have launched Early Childhood Development in a Time of Pandemic, a webinar series created in response to the current COVID-19 climate. The webinars will highlight some possible effects of the pandemic on young children’s behaviours...

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Keeping Children Busy During COVID-19

Maritime Noon with Bob Murphy | April 6, 2020Listen to Christine McLean, Assistant Professor at Mount Saint Vincent University, on the Maritime Noon radio show discussing how to keep children busy entertained and stimulated while at home during the COVID-19 shutdown.LISTEN

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Investing in Early Childhood Education

The Agenda with Steve Paikin | March 11, 2020 When it comes to enrolment in early childhood education, Canada lags far behind the OECD average. That's according to the Early Years Study by the Margaret and Wallace McCain Family Foundation Inc., and its chair Margaret McCain explains how children and...

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Invest in early childhood education or Canada will fall behind

Toronto Star | March 5, 2020 Excerpt: "Canada is way behind other developed nations in early childhood education and needs a big shift in approach to lift families out of poverty and keep our country competitive in a changing knowledge economy.That’s the message behind a new report, the fourth iteration...

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The Honourable Mrs. Margaret McCain – The Early Years Study 4

In Conversation, voicED Radio | February 2020 Host Stephen Hurley scans the education ecosystem, looking for the people and ideas that are starting to change the way we think about teaching, learning, schools and communities. Access the podcast HERE

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Canada’s low ranking for enrolment in early childhood education sparks concern for Lethbridge educators

Global News | February 25, 2020 Excerpt: "An Early Years Study released this month shows Canada has fallen close to the bottom of the pack for enrolment in early childhood education (ECE) programs. It’s a result Anita Entz, executive director with the Children’s House Child Care Society in Lethbridge, said...

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Early Years Study 4: Thriving Kids, Thriving Society

February 2020 The Early Years Study, authored by the Honourable Margaret McCain and Dr. Fraser Mustard in 1999, recommended early child development and parenting centres linked to the school system and sensitive to local communities. This led to a series of reports which have resulted in meaningful policy change in...

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Why Canada needs to spend more on early childhood education

BNN Bloomberg | February 20, 2020 As the Ontario government and teachers unions continue to debate on issues around early childhood education, a new report by the Margaret and Wallace McCain Family Foundation Inc. is urging the Canadian government to spend more on early childhood education so Canada’s youngest children aren’t...

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Canada should spend more on early childhood education, new report says

The Globe and Mail | February 19, 2020 Excerpt: "Canada risks its competitiveness if it fails to invest in the learning and development of the country’s youngest children, according to a new report that is calling on the federal government to spend more on universal early childhood education.The report, being...

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Pre-primary Expansion Complete

Government of Nova Scotia | February 11, 2020 Excerpt: "Pre-primary helps support educational, social and emotional development of children and supports their learning and growth the year before they start school.That is why every four-year-old in the province will have access to this free, universal program in September 2020.Premier Stephen...

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Quality early education can help slow learners catch up

BOLD | February 3, 2020 Excerpt: "Living in Newfoundland, in Canada’s far east, researcher and teacher David Philpott worked for more than three decades as a special educator in schools. Just a few years ago, he began to work with foundations which were focusing on quality early education.As he dug...

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British Columbia Early Learning Summit

November 8, 2019 | Vancouver, British Columbia Jane Bertrand joins Craig Alexander, Chief Economist at Deloitte Canada and Dr. David Philpott, Faculty of Education, Memorial University, to present at the BC Minster of Education’s Early Years Summit. Jane is presenting on the value of early childhood education and the possibility...

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The Pre-emptive Nature of Quality Early Child Education on Special Educational Needs

October 24, 2019 | University of Toronto The Honourable Margaret McCain remarks to the Special Education Needs Symposium David and Jane thank you so much for making this important evidence come alive in your presentation. And thanks to Stacey and the Atkinson Centre for hosting us. The pre-emptive nature of...

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P.E.I. aims for 2020 rollout of public pre-kindergarten program

CBC News | October 16, 2019 Excerpt: "P.E.I. Premier Dennis King says his government hopes to launch a new half-day, public pre-kindergarten program in the fall of 2020.The promise of the optional program for four-year-old Island children was a key component of the education platform the PCs put forward during...

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ELCC Innovation ToolKit

The Atkinson Centre is sharing innovative approaches to early learning and child care in Canada. This extensive review of Canadian research is organized into an "ELCC Innovation ToolKit" identifying the types of innovation and the existing Canadian evidence that supports it. The ELCC Innovation ToolKit identifies innovations in the following...

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