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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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Innovations in Support of a Professional Early Childhood Workforce

The 17th Annual Summer Institute on Early Childhood Development Date: June 5, 2019Location: George Brown College, Waterfront Campus, 51 Dockside Drive, Toronto, ON ABOUT THE 17th ANNUAL SUMMER INSTITUTEThe Summer Institute is an annual collaboration between the School of Early Childhood at George Brown College and the Atkinson Centre for...

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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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Meetings with the Government of New Brunswick

Fredericton, New Brunswick -- September 26, 2019 The Honourable Margaret Norrie McCain was in Fredericton, September 26, 27 for a series of discussions with Government officials on the role of early childhood education and its potential for improved productivity, literacy and economic growth in New Brunswick. Mrs. McCain also lead...

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Early Childhood Education: A Foundation for a Fair and Productive Society

When: Friday, September 27, 2019 - 8:00 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. (registration opens at 7:30 a.m.)Where: Delta Fredericton, Grand Ballroom AB, 225 Woodstock Road, Fredericton Early Childhood Education and care is a game-changer, playing multiple roles in promoting parents’ labour force participation, women’s equity, immigrant settlement, poverty reduction and economic...

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University of New Brunswick Online Bachelor of Education in Early Childhood Education Launch

When: Thursday, September 26, 2019 - 4:00 p.m.Where: University of New Brunswick, Faculty Lounge (Room 225), 2nd Floor, Marshal d’Avray Hall The Honourable Margaret Norrie McCain and Dr. Sharon Wahl, Dean, Faculty of Education and colleagues, will celebrate the launch of the University of New Brunswick’s online Bachelor of Education...

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Nova Scotia - Before and After Program, Busing Coming for Pre-primary

Government of Nova Scotia, August 20, 2019 Excerpt: "Families will have more opportunities to access pre-primary in September with the expansion of the Nova Scotia Before and After Program and bus service. “Families told us that before and after programming and transportation would make it easier for them to access...

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Measuring Social and Emotional Skills to Support Children’s Growth

August 19, 2019 Dan Cloney, from the Australian Council for Early Education in Melbourne Australia led a symposium co-hosted by the Atkinson Centre at OISE/University of Toronto and MWMFF. Access the presentation HERE

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Feds announce $1.8 mil for early childhood development in GTA

CityNews, August 12, 2019 Excerpt: "The federal government has announced nearly 1.8-million dollars in funding for early childhood development projects in the Greater Toronto area. It says the projects are aimed at finding new and innovative ways to improve early leaning and child care service delivery. The funding is going...

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