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Epigenetics

Marla Sokolowski, PhD, F.R.S.C. and The Encyclopedia on Early Childhood Development continue Fraser Mustard’s relentless mission to understand the complexity of early human development, and the lifelong impact on learning, behaviour and health with this new topic on Epigenetics. "Epigenetics is associated with long-term human developmental and health outcomes. It...

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Early childhood education expert: I saw a brilliant way to teach kids. Unfortunately it wasn’t in the United States.

The Washington Post, October 31, 2017 The following article endorses the Nova Scotia play-based learning approach in pre-primary and child care centres, which is typical of early learning approaches across Canada. Valerie Strauss, author of the article, was recently the keynote speaker at the Nova Scotia Child Care Association conference...

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Ready for Life: A Socio-Economic Analysis of Early Childhood Education and Care

The Conference Board of Canada report Ready for Life: A Socio-Economic Analysis of Early Childhood Education and Care, recommends that governments expand universal access to ECE beginning with full day Kindergarten for four- and five-year-olds and then moving to three-year-olds. The report found: ECE reduces income inequality in the short...

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Educating for Democracy

Annual lecture for the Frank McKenna Centre for Communications and Public Policy Distinguished Speaker Series.September 27, 2017. Fredericton, New Brunswick I would like to begin with a story. In the middle of the last century, a young man from rural New Brunswick invited a young woman from rural Nova Scotia...

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

September 26, 2017Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 1055 Marginal Road, Halifax, Kenneth C. Rowe Hall The Conference Board of Canada study suggests the universal provision of Early Childhood Education (ECE) has the potential to improve socio-economic outcomes including the reduction of poverty and income inequality. There is compelling...

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Pre-primary decision up to parents, but N.S. has made right choice

Local Xpress, July 25, 2017 Excerpt: "Regardless of their motivations, all of Nova Scotia will prosper from this essential investment in their youngest citizens. By improving educational outcomes, reducing illiteracy and poverty, and making the province a place where young families want to come and stay, Nova Scotia will feel...

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Early childhood services that work for children, families and islanders

CHANCES (Caring, Helping, And Nurturing, Children Every Step) is a non-profit, charitable organization providing child development and parent supports to children from prenatal to 11 years and their families. CHANCES in partnership with the Margaret and Wallace McCain Foundation embarked on a research effort to profile the impact of expanding...

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Recap Video Featuring Margaret McCain - Early Childhood Education Summit

View a recap from the Early Childhood Education Summit in Montreal, May 4-5, 2017

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Summit on Early Childhood Education

Margaret McCain’s address to the Summit on the Education of Young ChildrenMontreal, May 5, 2017 I am feeling my Quebec roots today. Much of my early years were spent in Amos, a small community in Northern Quebec, where my father worked as a mining engineer. Our family became expert campers...

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Universal preschool a game changer for Nova Scotia

May 3, 2017 Nova Scotia becomes the third jurisdiction in Canada, following Ontario and the Northwest Territories, to provide two years of preschool education for all children. The initiative begins this fall in 30 schools providing a full day of play-based learning to over 700 four year olds. Within four...

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The Walrus Talks Conversations about Canada: We Desire a Better Country

Presented in Fredericton, New Brunswick, April 24, 2017 "I desire a better Canada - a country where all citizens, regardless of age, gender, religion, socioeconomic status or sexual orientation have the opportunity to follow their dreams and contribute to their full potential. I want to begin with a story. In...

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Evaluation of the Nova Scotia Early Years Centres - Year 2 Provincial Report

February 2017 The Evaluation of the Nova Scotia Early Years Centres Year 2 Provincial report presents the interim findings of the four-year evaluation of the Nova Scotia Early Years Centre initiative. The evaluation team from Dalhousie University, Research Power Inc. and Mount Saint Vincent University is funded by MWMFF. Key...

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New Early Years Centre in O'Leary, Prince Edward Island

December 5, 2016 CHANCES Family Centre launches a new Early Years Centre in O’Leary, Prince Edward Island. The Centre will welcome 6 infants and 37 preschool children and is already close to full capacity. Local MLA and Health Minister Robbie Henderson congratulated CHANCES on their determination to make it happen...

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Making Progress in Early Childhood Education

October 2016 Making Progress in Early Childhood EducationThe Margaret and Wallace McCain Family Foundation, 2008-2016

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Building The Workforce of the Future: The Case for ECE Investment

October 2016 View Craig Alexander, Senior Vice-President and the Chief Economist of The Conference Board of Canada, presentation to the Margaret and Wallace McCain Family Foundation Board; Building The Workforce of the Future: The Case for ECE Investment.

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