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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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Early Childhood Impact Alliance

Early Childhood Impact Alliance, Melbourne Australia - July 25, 2019 Jane Bertrand presented an overview of MWMFF’s philanthropy in ECE to the Australian philanthropic group which is similar to Canada’s ECD Funders Working group. Access the presentation HERE

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Canadian Mothercraft Society Event: 2019 Bill Bosworth Memorial Award

June 24, 2019, Hosted at EY Canada On June 24th, 2019, Canadian Mothercraft Society hosted the business community and experts in child development for a focused discussion about why early childhood matters. The Margaret and Wallace McCain Family Foundation's own Scott McCain was there to speak about the importance of...

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Margaret McCain receives Summer Institute ECE Award

On June 17, 2019 the Honourable Margaret McCain was awarded the annual ECE Award at the Summer Institute in Toronto, hosted by George Brown College and OISE, University of Toronto. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the release of the first Early Years Study. Early Years Studies 1, 2...

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Margaret McCain receives Université Laval Honorary Doctorate in Psychology

On June 16, 2019, the Honourable Margaret McCain was 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 University’s spheres...

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Saskatchewan Meeting

June 6, 2019 Margaret McCain joined Vianne Timmons, President and Vice Chancellor of the University of Regina in a meeting with Premier Moe and Deputy Premier and Minister of Education Gordon Wyant to discuss expanded opportunities for early childhood education in Saskatchewan.

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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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