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Should Childcare be in the Budget?

Date: February 19, 2021Time: 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.Location: Virtual National childcare has been discussed in Canada for decades, but Covid-19 has highlighted that it is not only a social policy or early childhood education issue but an economic policy imperative. As the epidemic has demonstrated, we have a she-cession that...

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Pre-primary McNeil’s most precious gift to Nova Scotians

The Chronicle Herald, February 12, 2021 Excerpt: "If all families were able to put their children into early education programs at the same rate as affluent families enrol their young, the participation rate countrywide would rise by more than 30 per cent. Canadian research estimates that adult earnings boosted by...

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Ontario’s Kindergarten Program: A Success Story

Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario, January 2021 Excerpt: "Ontario’s current government has discussed making some drastic changes to Full-Day Kindergarten. Any one of these changes would dramatically alter the current model and significantly damage an already successful program. In early 2019, there was a flurry of news reports about possible...

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Liberals take step on national child-care system, promise plan coming in 2021 budget

Toronto Star, November 30, 2020 Excerpt: "The federal government is proposing millions of dollars in new spending as a down payment on a planned national child-care system that the Liberals say will be outlined in next spring’s budget.As a start, the Liberals are proposing in their fiscal update to spend...

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Fall Economic Statement 2020: Supporting Canadians and Fighting COVID-19

Government of Canada, November 30, 2020 Excerpt: "Many Canadian families found themselves with limited options for child care. As a result, parents had to either juggle full time work while staying at home or opt to drop out of the labour force to look after their children. This represents yet...

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An Economic Overview of Children’s Literacy in Canada

Deloitte, November 2020 The report prepared by Craig Alexander, Chief Economist and Executive Advisor at Deloitte Canada calls for expanded access to affordable, high quality, curriculum based early childhood education programs to address the foundations of literacy and improve overall literacy rates in Canada. Access the full report HERE

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The Challenges Facing Canada in Protecting the Well Being of Children

Writers Festival Radio | December 1, 2020 This podcast examines the importance of early childhood education in preventing stigma and trauma in young people with Kim Hellemans, Chair Department of Neuroscience, Carleton University and Jane Bertrand, Program Director, Margaret and Wallace McCain Family Foundation. Access the podcast HERE

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Canada needs a bold pro-growth strategy for both pandemic recovery and a successful future

The Globe and Mail | November 15, 2020 Excerpt: "Given the aging of the work force, we need to remove the barriers that prevent some of our citizens from realizing their potential. This includes a stronger income-security framework and skills programs that are better aligned with labour market needs. Affordable...

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Ten reasons to expand public kindergarten

September 2020 An increasing number of jurisdictions are following the research and committing to a two-year kindergarten experience for four- and five-year-old children in a play-based curriculum. While kindergarten is available to all five-year-olds across Canada, most provinces and territories offer in-school programming for at least some children prior to...

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Why Early Childhood Education should be in the Throne Speech

LinkedIn | September 15, 2020 Craig Alexander, Partner & Chief Economist at Deloitte Canada, shares his thoughts on why early childhood education should be included in the Throne Speech. Excerpt: "The scientific literature is clear – brain development starts at birth and a lot of important development occurs before the...

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Furey’s commitment to $25-a-day child care is wise public policy

The Telegram | September 14, 2020 Excerpt: "Among the many lessons learned during this pandemic is the fragility of the early years sector. Accessible and affordable early learning and care are vital to children, families and economies. Marginalized children and their families were especially impacted by closed schools and child...

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Should National Childcare be in the Throne Speech?

September 10, 2020 | The Pearson Centre Coming out of the COVID-19 pandemic and the largest workforce lockdown in a generation, governments are seeing how women have been disproportionately affected. With high rates of job loss, many women and are less able to return to the workplace compared to their...

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Integrated Data Repositories for Child Development in Atlantic Canada

This project sought to explore where the Atlantic provinces are in the development of data repositories to monitor child development. While each province is working toward this goal, they are at various points in the journey and, as such, stand to help inform one another. The project sought to begin...

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Early Years Study 4 Podcast

In Conversation with Stephen Hurley | August 24, 2020 Listen to a range of experts discuss their contributions to the Early Years Study 4's prescription for how Canada must invest in quality programs and create a more sustainable and just world. Access the series outline below. Early Years Study 4...

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Families’ Experiences of a Universal Play-based Early Childhood Program in Nova Scotia: Implications for Policy and Practice

Journal of Research in Childhood Education, August 7, 2020 The new study from Dr. Jessie-Lee McIsaac and the team at Mount Saint Vincent Unviversity study examined families’ experiences of a publicly funded, play-based early learning program for children in the year before school entry. Access the full study HERE

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Atkinson Centre Weekly e-Newsletter

An essential comprehensive update on early childhood education quality, access and funding across Canada. The Atkinson Centre captures and reports weekly on early childhood education trends in public schools & Early Learning & Child Care centres. Subscribe to the e-Newsletter and access past copies HERE

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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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