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Full-day Kindergarten is what Ontario needs for a stable future

The Conversation, February 10, 2019 Excerpt: "Charges that full-day kindergarten is a surplus frill must originate from those who never went or flunked out. Full-day kindergarten wasn’t an impulse move. It was a well-planned, evidence-based strategic investment." To access the full article

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The Preemptive Nature of Quality Early Child Education on Special Educational Needs in Children

Memorial University, February 2019 Abstract: "Given the growth of scholarship in early child education (ECE), as well as the rapid emergence of the sector as an area of academic inquiry, a team of special education/mental health scholars opted to explore its preemptive nature. Despite long and distinguished careers in childhood...

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O'Leary CHANCES celebrates expansion

The Journal Pioneer, February 11, 2019 Excerpt: "The expansion, which has been operational since September, has meant 17 additional early childhood learning spaces and three more staffing positions. CHANCES operates nine early learning centres and 11 before and after school programs across P.E.I. The organization opened an O’Leary centre in...

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Education and Skills Symposium 2018

November 28-29, 2018, Marriott Downtown at CF Toronto Eaton Centre, Toronto, Ontario Education and skills are required to grow our economy and standard of living, and to improve the social and cultural life of our country. However, our education and skills development systems face numerous challenges and disruptors.Barriers to access...

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Pearson Centre Year4Conference

November 26, 2018, Ottawa November 2018 was the third anniversary of the current federal government, which means one more year till the next election.Depending on your perspective, this Parliament has been very productive or not productive enough, on the nose or off the mark. This conference began with a review...

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UNICEF Report Card 15

The Equalizer: How Education Creates Fairness for Children in Canada On October 30, 2018 UNICEF Canada launched their Report Card 15, with a Facebook Live discussion that included Margaret and Wallace McCain Family Foundation's own Program Director, Jane Bertrand. The report measures the rights and well-being of children in rich...

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2018 ReadyNation Global Business Summit on Early Childhood

November 1-2, 2018, Grand Hyatt Hotel, New York On November 1-2, 2018, Margaret and Wallace McCain Family Foundation board member, J. Scott McCain joined hundreds of business leaders from around the world in New York City at the 2018 ReadyNation Global Business Summit on Early Childhood. Scott spoke on the...

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Rights of the Child Conference

Honourable Margaret McCain's addressEarly Childhood and the Right to Education: Toddlers and their rights in relation to Articles 28 and 29 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the ChildMoncton, New Brunswick, June 24, 2018 I must begin my comments today with a call on Canadians and our elected...

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International Early Childhood Congress

Honourable Margaret McCain's address2nd International Early Childhood Congress Hosted by OECD: "The Transition To School: Equity, Quality & Innovation"Paris, France, June 15, 2018Thank you Nathalie, honoured guests. I am pleased to share with you the thinking, which guides the work of the Margaret and Wallace McCain Family Foundation. It is...

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Early childhood education and care: A foundation for a fair and productive society

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No finer investment than early childhood education

Chronicle Herald, May 7, 2018 Excerpt: "Indeed, investments in greater access to early childhood education (ECE) have remarkably powerful and far-reaching benefits for society, a new study by the Conference Board of Canada (Ready for Life: A Socio-Economic Analysis of Early Childhood Education) shows.Providing quality pre-school education, the study finds,...

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Forum on Early Education and Child Care

Honourable Margaret McCain concluding remarks, to the forum on Early Education and Child CareHalifax, Nova Scotia. May 2 Thank you Minister Casey, Craig, Scott, and distinguished guests for your interest in a topic that can be a game changer for young children, their families and for all Nova Scotia. Atlantic...

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Early education key to growth in Atlantic Canada

Early childhood education and care: A foundation for a fair and productive societyCraig Alexander, Senior Vice-President & Chief Economist, The Conference Board of CanadaMay 2, 2018 | Halifax, Nova Scotia Poverty drags on Atlantic Canada’s economic growth and income inequity also erodes social cohesion and the foundations of democracy. Attracting...

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The Impacts of Early Childhood Education

With the release of the Early Childhood Education Report 2017, the Honourable Margaret McCain discusses the impacts of Early Childhood Education.

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