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Margaret McCain to receive Université Laval Honorary Doctorate in Psychology

On June 16, 2019, the Honourable Margaret McCain will be awarded a Université Laval Honorary Doctorate in Psychology. The doctorate honoris causa—the highest distinction awarded by Université Laval—is an exceptional mark of recognition. Honorary doctorates are presented to people whose accomplishments are considered remarkable and exemplary in one of the...

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Outdoor Play

Read all about this new topic from our grantee, the Encyclopedia on Early Childhood Development, and find out what they know about, and what can be done to promote the value of outdoor play. Access the topic HERE

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Nova Scotia’s new pre-primary class gives kids a head start through play-based learning

The Conversation, April 29, 2019 Excerpt: "Recent investment in universal early childhood education in Nova Scotia is helping to shape a different future for the province’s youngest generation and their families.Elementary school in Nova Scotia has traditionally started with what’s termed Grade Primary, when children are five years old. But...

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Nova Scotia Learning as we grow: Evaluation of the Pre-primary Program and Early Years Centres

Round 1 Report: 2016 Year 2 Report: 2017 Year 3 Report: 2018 Year 4 Family Survey, Preliminary Findings: 2019 Year 4 Overall Report: 2019 Apprendre en grandissant : Évaluation du programme de prématernelle et des centres de la petite enfance Partie 1 : 2016 Rapport pour la deuxième année :...

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Childcare project includes seven recommendations for improvements to P.E.I. system

Journal Pioneer, March 27, 2019 Excerpt: "Starting universal preschool for four-year-olds in P.E.I. is one of the recommendations coming out of a research project released Tuesday.The Margaret and Wallace McCain Family Foundation partnered with CHANCES on the six-year research project to look at the impact of expanding access to early-childhood...

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Public preschool for all P.E.I. 4-year-olds recommended by new study

CBC, March 26, 2019 Excerpt: "A research study into the well-being and educational development of Island Children by Chances and the Margaret and Wallace Family Foundation recommends public preschool for all four-year-olds on P.E.I.The non-profit Chances and the McCain foundation carried out a six-year research project between 2012 and 2018...

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CHANCES Media Conference

Margaret McCain RemarksCHANCES, Prince Edward Island, March 26, 2019 Thank you all for coming, and thank you Verna for your kind words. I am pleased to share the highlights of our joint efforts with CHANCES in piloting some very important initiatives that hold lessons for policy makers and the public....

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CHANCES Luncheon

Honourable Margaret McCain's remarks at the CHANCES LuncheonPrince Edward Island, March 26, 2019 Thank you so much for coming. It’s a pleasure to see old friends and meet new ones. But the highlight today is to share the exciting findings from our six-year research partnership with CHANCES Family Centres, the...

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Early childhood services that work for children, families and islanders - Update March 2019

March 2019 CHANCES (Caring, Helping, And Nurturing, Children Every Step) is a non-profit, charitable organization providing child development and parent supports for children from prenatal to 11 years and their families. CHANCES, in partnership with the Margaret and Wallace McCain Foundation, completed a six-year research project (2012 – 2018) to...

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SECD's eMessage - Reflective Practice

March 13, 2019 Do you use reflective practice in your interactions or work with children? Do you carefully observe children, listen to what they are saying, and pay attention to what they are doing? Do you take time to marvel in what you notice and thoughtfully consider what you can...

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New research shows quality early childhood education reduces need for later special ed

The Conversation, March 4, 2019 Excerpt: "We found that a continuum of evidence, from multiple studies in multiple countries, unanimously demonstrates what specialists call the “pre-emptive nature” of early childhood education: it pre-empts issues from developing or getting more challenging.There is a payoff of early quality childhood education for families,...

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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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The Rationale for Expanding Public Education to Include Preschool-Aged Children

January 17, 2019 Excerpt: "We all want our children to have the best chance at a good life. Fifty years of research shows participation in a high-quality preschool program benefits children’s development and reduces gaps at school entry. Early education’s advantages carry forward, showing a powerful effect on children’s later...

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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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