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CA: Why do dog walkers need more permits than child-care providers?
Source: The Conversation, February 28, 2018

Excerpt: "It may be tomorrow, it may be next week, or perhaps next month but it will happen — another child will die in an unlicensed child-care setting. Deaths in child care occur with such alarming frequency in the United States and Canada that they tend to resonate in the news for only a short period of time. A disproportionate number of these deaths occur in unlicensed home child care, where a woman will care for a number of children in her home for a fee. Many countries, including the U.S., Canada and Ireland, allow for these businesses to operate legally but without any real government oversight."

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CA: Early education worth investing in
Source: Winnipeg Free Press, February 27, 2018

Excerpt: "Jurisdictions are wise to use schools to expand early learning. Education is already equipped. By contrast, outside of Quebec, child care reaches only 25 per cent of children. High fees exclude most families from accessing child care in all parts of Canada, including Quebec, and child care suffers from staffing shortages and quality deficiencies. It would cost much less for schools to grow down to include younger children, and expand hours to cover parents’ working needs, than it would to transform child care into a universal, high-quality social program."

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CA: Budget 2018: Equality & Growth, A Strong Middle Class
Source: Government of Canada, February 27, 2018

Excerpt: "Greater flexibility for parents receiving parental benefits, including in the sharing of leave, can help balance caring responsibilities within the home, and provide women with the option to return to work sooner, should they wish to do so. Access to affordable child care is another key factor in encouraging women back into the workforce. Measures to advance women in leadership and promote participation in non-traditional careers can also contribute to closing the gender wage gap."

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BC: Governments of Canada and British Columbia are making early learning and child care more accessible and affordable for families
Source: Government of Canada, February 23, 2018

Excerpt: "The agreement allocates $153 million, over three years, to: create of 1370 new infant/toddler child care spaces through capital grants; provide operational funding to care providers to administer low-cost infant/toddler spaces and reduce parent fees for at least 1786 children; apply new streams of bursaries and grants to recruit and retain early childhood educators and support up to 4000 current and future educators in obtaining or upgrading their Early Childhood Educator certification; direct new funds into the existing systems to expand culturally-based Indigenous child care to create on- and off-reserve programming, 390 new spaces, and benefit approximately 590 families; and enhance inclusive programs for approximately 7278 children with special needs."

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AB: Childcare pilot program having impact in southern Alberta: childcare centre
Source: Global News, February 22, 2018

Excerpt: "Alberta’s $25-a-day childcare pilot program has been up and running for almost a year. In April 2017, the province announced Phase 1 of the Early Learning and Child Care Centres (ELCC) pilot program, offering fully subsidized childcare or capping fees at $25 a day at 22 centres across Alberta. Two months later, the federal government committed to help fund the ELCC program to help it expand it to 78 more centres."

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MB: Governments of Canada and Manitoba are making early learning and child care more inclusive, accessible and affordable for families
Source: Government of Canada, February 23, 2018

Excerpt: "The agreement, which allocates close to $47 million over three years and aims to create an estimated 1,400 new and newly subsidized early learning and child care spaces in Manitoba, supports investments in: creating affordable child care spaces through enhanced capital funding and operating subsidies to support lower-income, French language and newcomer families as well as underserved communities; building sector capacity through education, training and skill development; developing a rural and Northern strategy to improve access to high-quality and affordable child care services."

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US: Dear America — All Children Deserve Quality, Affordable Preschool
Source: Huffington Post, February 16, 2018

Excerpt: "Policies and programs exist that can make preschool and day care more affordable and accessible in the United States — and it seems progress is happening on the state level: According to the 2016 report from the National Institute for Early Education Research, 43 states (plus the District of Columbia) offered some publicly funded preschool options — and funding was on the rise as of a 2017 update from NPR. These programs are designed to make preschool accessible and affordable for low-income and working families, but are not yet universal. (Only three states — Florida, Georgia and Oklahoma — have universal preschool programs for 4-year-olds.)"

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NG: How Early Childhood Development Boosts Education, Economy
Source: Leadership, February 26, 2018

Excerpt: "The interventions are highly cost-effective compared with other educational interventions. They also have a greater impact on the most disadvantaged children and can help to promote equity in educational outcomes. Early childhood health and nutrition interventions have the potential to make a major contribution to achieving education for all."

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ON: Parents want child care to be provincial election issue
Source: Toronto Star, February 21, 2018

Excerpt: "Ontario must replace its patchwork of child care services with a universally accessible system of high quality care that is affordable for all families, say low- and moderate-income parents who responded to a survey in the run-up to this spring’s provincial election."

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CA: A budget nudge isn’t likely to be enough to close the gender gap
Source: The Globe and Mail, February 21, 2018

Excerpt: "But there's already a policy that has an impact, also in Quebec. Since 2000, its subsidized child-care program has shrunk the gap in the labour-force participation rate between women and men. Women work more; they return to work sooner after having kids and that tends to be better for earnings. The labour-force participation rate for Quebec women has kept growing, surpassing that in the rest of Canada, which has stalled."

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CA: Three strategies to promote empathy in children
Source: The Conversation, February 20, 2018

Excerpt: "We do know that when children learn to be empathic early in their development, it can lead to much stronger empathy skills later in life as they become adults who treat others with kindness, respect and understanding. Empathic children can become empathic parents, spouses, co-workers and friends. Empathy is not a fixed trait; it can be fostered. It can be encouraged and cultivated by empathic siblings, as well as adult caregivers. But empathy does take time to develop."

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CA: Don’t forget child care
Source: Toronto Star, February 20, 2018

Excerpt: "What’s missing from all the leaks out of Ottawa is any hint that the budget will include the two programs that studies indicate would make the biggest difference in women’s lives and careers: a universal child care plan and use-it-or-lose-it paternity leave."

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CA: Liberals looking at creating use-it-or-lose-it paternity leave: Trudeau
Source: Toronto Star, February 19, 2018

Excerpt: "Trudeau said his government will look at changes to parental leave, specifically “leave that can only be taken by the second parent, in most cases the father,” making it “a use-it-or-lose-it” model. He also suggested the leave would be flexible beyond fathers to include, for instance, a partner in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender marriages."

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CA: Early Education is a Protection for Democracy
Source: The Pearson Centre for Progressive Policy, February 16, 2018

Excerpt: "Progress must be measurable. The Early Childhood Education Report that updates on the status of early childhood services every three years, provides an accessible means of communicating progress. Investment in early education also matters. Most Canadian governments spend less than two percent of their budgets on early learning and care. Countries with the best outcomes for kids are spending six percent. It is time for Canada to up its contribution for its youngest citizens. Let’s make six percent a target."

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CA: Most families can't access 'flagship' on-reserve childhood development program: Indigenous Services department
Source: CBC News, February 15, 2018

Excerpt: "A federal program designed for early childhood development on First Nations is still facing serious shortfalls and failing to serve the majority of children living on reserve, according to information tabled in the House of Commons. The Aboriginal Head Start on Reserve program is only serving between 18 to 19 per cent of eligible First Nations children across the country and its services are unavailable to First Nations children with special needs, according to information provided by the Indigenous Services department."

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CA: How to ‘bridge minds’ with a child to stimulate brain development
Source: The Conversation, February 14, 2018

Excerpt: "Our research team at the University of Toronto has spent the past five years working to measure and teach the specific behaviours that promote children’s language and cognitive skills. We have defined supportive interactions as those in which two minds are “bridged.” We also call this “displaying cognitive sensitivity.”"

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BC: Budget 2018: Working For You
Source: Government of British Columbia, February 20, 2018

Excerpt: "Over three years, an investment of more than $1 billion dollars will set the Province on the path to a universal child care plan that will make child care affordable for parents and caregivers, create more than 22,000 child care spaces across the province, and ensure those spaces meet rigorous quality and safety standards."

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QC: Daycare shortage on Magdalen Islands leaves parents scrambling daily to find child care
Source: CBC News, February 15, 2018

Excerpt: "There are 189 daycare spaces in total on the Magdalen Islands, according to data from Quebec's Family Ministry, in addition to 120 spaces at two subsidized non-profit early childhood education centres, known as CPEs. While one of the CPEs has been granted 36 new spaces by the province, it requires the construction of a new building first — which won't be ready for at least two years. Turning to private daycare is not an option for Leblanc, either. Even though he'd be willing to pay up to $70 a day to secure peace of mind, he said there are just no spaces available."

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NS: Locations for pre-primary expansion coming 'very soon,' says minister
Source: CBC News, February 19, 2018

Excerpt: "For Forbes, pre-primary has many benefits, including that parents often feel more connected to the classroom and older children enjoy having the smallest kids in the school. Children at some programs also have a chance for hands-on learning, and more social and emotional interactions with teachers and their classmates. Forbes said this sets them up for success in later years, which is an attraction for many parents."

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YK: Yukon child care deal to fund grandparents, courses for caregivers
Source: Yukon News, February 15, 2018

Excerpt: "The Yukon government is also promising to increase the number of early childhood educators by 10 per cent by the end of the three-year agreement. Living said $50,000 is being earmarked this year for bursaries for students wanting to take early childhood education courses either at Yukon College or Outside."

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US: Time to take New Mexico’s early education accomplishments to next level
Source: KRWG, February 19, 2018

Excerpt: "Business leaders, educators and policy leaders share the belief that one of the best ways to build a productive and prosperous society is to start early in building children’s foundation for learning, health and positive behavior. The science underlying this belief is solid: Evidence at the intersection of neurobiology, developmental science and economics converges on preschool education as the single most promising strategy for ensuring that this foundation is sturdy, inclusive and cost-effective."

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NG: 11 Million Nigerian Children Enrolled for Early Child Education in Two Years
Source: AllAfrica, February 19, 2018

Excerpt: "The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) says no fewer than 11.06 million kids enrolled for early child care development education in the country from 2014 to 2016."

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ON: Ontario Expanding Early Years Programming for Indigenous Children
Source: Government of Ontario, February 8, 2018

Excerpt: "Ontario is expanding culturally relevant licensed child care and early years programs, and investing in more child care spaces for First Nation, Métis and Inuit children and their families living in urban and rural areas across the province."

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CA: We must invest more in early childhood education
Source: Hamilton Spectator, February 14, 2018

Excerpt: "A trend is emerging in education in Canada: We are recognizing that early childhood education is beneficial for children, for families, for everyone. Provinces and territories are focusing more attention on programs for preschoolers and the federal government is prepared to invest billions of dollars in child care in the coming decade."

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CA: Without more money for child care, the federal budget cannot be termed “gender-focused”
Source: Child Care Now, February 14, 2018

Excerpt: "Child Care Now is calling for an additional federal allocation to early learning and child care in the February 27 budget of $1 billion for 2018-19 and that provinces/territories receiving funds be required to adopt evidence-based approaches to building high-quality child care systems that all children can access. It is noteworthy that this funding commitment would be less than that of the past Liberal government in 2005, which amounted to $1 billion in 2005 dollars."

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CA: Once ranked worst in the OECD for preschool, Canada has a radical plan
Source: Apolitical, February 12, 2018

Excerpt: "“What really spurred the development of early childhood policy in Canada was the OECD country profile,” said Kerry McCuaig, a Fellow in Early Childhood Policy at the University of Toronto. “It had been entirely an afterthought in terms of public policy.” Along with her colleagues at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), McCuaig has recently released the Early Childhood Education Report 2017, providing an update on what’s been achieved since."

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BC: Parents recount personal cost of unavailable, unregulated B.C., child care
Source: CBC News, February 14, 2018

Excerpt: "For some B.C. parents, the high cost and short supply of child care has meant lost job opportunities, delayed education and potentially unsafe arrangements. Following the provincial government's promise this week to convert unlicensed child-care spaces into regulated ones and bring financial relief, two parents described how the lack of affordable, good quality care affected their families."

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BC: Throne speech outlines a clear path to make life more affordable
Source: Government of British Columbia, February 13, 2018

Excerpt: "Government will also make the most substantial investment in child care in B.C.’s history and take the first steps to implement a comprehensive child-care program to reduce costs for families and meet the needs of every family in the province. “We know when we invest in child care, everyone benefits. Government has also announced today that we will make significant investments to make sure families have access to safe, quality and affordable child care,” Premier Horgan said."

Also see CBC News article, B.C. government throne speech puts focus on housing, child care, affordability

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YK: Yukon announces new money for daycare facilities
Source: CBC News, February 8, 2018

Excerpt: "Yukon daycare and day home operators are getting a boost in funding, thanks to an agreement signed between the territorial and federal governments. Social Services Minister Pauline Frost says the deal, worth about $7.2 million over three years, is "exciting." "This is really the first major increase we've seen, or Yukoners have seen or child care centres and providers have seen, in 10 years," Frost said."

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US: Early education is key to better future
Source: American Press, February 12, 2018

Excerpt: "Ninety percent of a child’s brain development occurs between birth and age 4, and quality early childhood education programs are an important piece of that development, according to the Louisiana Policy Institute for Children."

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US: Why Businesses Are Pushing for Better Child Care in America
Source: The Wall Street Journal via NIEER, February 10, 2018

Excerpt: "Her boss is fretting, too. John Wilson, chief executive officer of Western Land Services, doesn’t want to lose Ms. Jamieson, manager of the title division there. He has swung in action, joining a group of Michigan business leaders to push for state legislative action to improve child care."

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AU: Closing the Gap targets in childhood mortality and early education back on track
Source: The Guardian, February 11, 2018

Except: "Three of the seven Closing the Gap targets were met in the past year compared with just one a year earlier, with the national childhood mortality and early childhood education measures back on track."

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AU: 97% of childcare workers are female, but gender inequality not an issue
Source: Women’s Agenda, February 9, 2018

Excerpt: "Meanwhile, early educators are already leaving the sector to pursue other (and presumably better paid) careers. Lisa says that around one in five one in five early childhood educators are considering leaving the profession due to the low wages and social status of the work. And we can’t really blame them for wanting to look elsewhere."

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AU: Teaching kids 21st century skills early will help prepare them for their future
Source: The Conversation, November 13, 2018

Excerpt: "Most early childhood education and care systems make less provision and funding for children under three because their care and education is very expensive. However, it is precisely these years when the family’s influence is the greatest."

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CA: Trudeau talks a good game on gender diversity, but hasn't made the hard choices to do anything about it
Source: Financial Post, February 2, 2018

Excerpt: "In its latest World Economic Outlook, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said Canada was doing too little to lower the cost of child care, foster flexible work arrangements, and encourage fathers to take on more of the burden of caring for infants. No other country was singled out as often as Canada in a short section that took up less than half a page. The IMF’s message was that it’s the hard stuff that actually makes a difference."

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NS: More funding for child care
Source: The News, February 1, 2018

Excerpt: "Families in Pictou County and across Nova Scotia will see more government money to support their children in regulated child care effective Thursday. The new program will include families earning up to $35,000, from a previous $25,000 limit, making 550 more children eligible."

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YK: Governments of Canada and Yukon are improving quality, accessibility and affordability of early learning and child care for families
Source: Government of Canada, February 7, 2018

Excerpt: "The agreement allocates slightly more than $7 million to Yukon over three years for early learning and child care investments. Yukon’s Action Plan outlines how these funds will be invested. This funding will provide additional child care subsidy supports for grandparents who take care of their grandchildren, increase resources to assist Early Childhood Educators, help retain trained early childhood staff, and increase support to improve inclusive child care programming for children who are most in need."

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US: The Solution for the Workforce Dilemma is the Public Schools
Source: New America, February 6, 2018

Excerpt: "According to the Early Childhood Workforce Index from 2016, only 35% of center based teachers have a Bachelor's degree or higher and 65% of lead teachers in these same programs earn less than $15 an hour."

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US: House passes early childhood funding bill, 36-33
Source: New Mexico in Depth, February 6, 2018

Excerpt: "Many of the arguments about the proposal, which would generate more than $175 million per year for programs such as home visiting and early preschool for children, ran along similar lines of previous debates, but can be broken down into three main categories:  would adding an extra 1 percent distribution from the fund, which is funded mostly by oil and gas revenues, degrade it for future generations; what is the plan for spending so much money; and does the state currently have the capacity or workforce to accommodate such a huge infusion of cash into the state’s early childhood system."

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US: Child Care Provisions Positively Impact Women's Careers
Source: Florida Atlantic University College of Business, February 1, 2018

Excerpt: "We found that government-provided childcare has a significant positive impact on wages of women and thus decreases the gender pay gap. We found that an increase of 10 percent in childcare provision reduces the gender pay gap by 26 to 28 percent. The effect on mothers is 2 to 3 times larger than the baseline effect on women. Additionally, mothers in counties with more childcare provision experience larger wage changes that are likely associated with promotions"

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AU: States, territories call for long-term funding for 3yo early childhood education
Source: ABC, January 31, 2018

Excerpt: "Every Australian three-year-old child would have access to 15 hours per week of early childhood education under a bold pitch from state governments to boost the sector."

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Resources

Winter 2018 EDI Newsletter
Source: Early Development Instrument, February 26, 2018

Excerpt: "In 2004, Ontario began the first province-wide collection of the Early Development Instrument (EDI). Fast forward to 2015 and EDI data have been collected on more than 510,000 Ontario kindergartners, painting a picture of how children in the province are developing. 2018 marks the next chapter of the EDI in Ontario, with the fifth provincial collection scheduled to be completed in March."

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New content in the SECD
Source: Science of Early Child Development, February 23, 2018

Excerpt: "In the SECD - North American Edition, we have new interviews with Mariana Brussoni, Associate Professor at the University of British Columbia; Martin Guhn, Assistant Professor in the School of Population and Public Health at University of British Columbia; Barbara Kaiser, popular author and educator; Brian Russell, Counsellor with Dad Central Ontario; and Melanie Walters, Senior Supervisor of Kittiwake Daycare in Vancouver. We also have wonderful footage of the children and educators at Kittiwake and of children in a Norwegian kindergarten using the outdoor climbing area."

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Childcare prices surge at double rate of inflation, undermining Government’s new investments
Source: Family and Childcare Trust, February 28, 2018

Excerpt: "A seven percent price hike is hitting parents’ pockets this year – bringing the average price for a part time nursery place for a child under two to a whopping £122 per week, or over £6,300 per year – and calls into question whether the Government’s new investments will live up to parents’ expectations, the Family and Childcare Trust’s 17th annual Childcare Survey reveals."

 

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Pre-K Teachers and Bachelor’s Degrees - Envisioning Equitable Access to High-Quality Preparation Programs
Source: New America, February 26, 2018

Excerpt: "Early childhood educators have a unique opportunity to foster the development of cognitive, behavioral, and social skills. But the work is not easy. Effective educators need to master a complex set of skills, which requires high-quality educational and training programs rooted in child development and practicums in early childhood classrooms led by highly-qualified teachers."

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Estimating the Consequences of Norway’s National Scale-Up of Early Childhood Education and Care (Beginning in Infancy) for Early Language Skills
Source: AERA Open, February 1, 2018

Excerpt: "While most early childhood education and care (ECEC) programs taken to scale in the United States have served socially disadvantaged 3- to 5-years-olds, Norway scaled up universal ECEC from age 1. We investigated the consequences of Norway’s universal ECEC scale-up for children’s early language skills, exploiting variation in ECEC coverage across birth cohorts and municipalities in a population-based sample (n = 63,350). Estimates from two-stage least squares (i.e., instrumental variable) regression and generalized difference-in-differences models indicated the scale-up of universal ECEC led to improved language outcomes, particularly for low-income children. As preschool programs at scale become increasingly common in the United States, our results from Norway help inform debate about the merits of universal versus targeted policies and should provoke discussion about the benefits of beginning ECEC programs as early as infancy."

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The Health of Canada’s Children and Youth, Module 8: Health and Development in the Early Years
Source: Canadian Institute of Child Health, February 19, 2018

Excerpt: "The following module describes Canadian children aged 0-5 and their families including who their parents are, where they live, socio-economic issues they face, family structures they are part of, community supports and challenges, health services they can access, the impact of the environment on their health and developmental outcomes. Creating a healthy, positive start for every Canadian child needs to become a priority: an investment in children is an investment in the future."

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A Qualitative Study of the Play of Dual Language Learners in an English-Speaking Preschool
Source: Early Childhood Education Journal, January 30, 2018

Excerpt: "Findings indicate that DLLs play and talk with peers less frequently, interact in less sustained and positive ways, and are more reliant on teachers to support their play than their English speaking peers. Implications for scaffolding DLLs’ play in classrooms and for future research are presented."

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Back-and-forth exchanges boost children’s brain response to language
Source: MIT News, February 13, 2018

Excerpt: "MIT cognitive scientists have now found that conversation between an adult and a child appears to change the child’s brain, and that this back-and-forth conversation is actually more critical to language development than the word gap. In a study of children between the ages of 4 and 6, they found that differences in the number of “conversational turns” accounted for a large portion of the differences in brain physiology and language skills that they found among the children. This finding applied to children regardless of parental income or education."

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Drivers of student performance: Insights from North America
Source: McKinsey & Company, December 2017

Excerpt: "Our analysis of OECD PISA results from North America highlights four insights on student mindsets, teaching practices, instructional time, and early childhood education."

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Early Childhood Education Report 2017 launched!

The Atkinson Centre releases the third edition of the Early Childhood Education Report, an assessment of the gaps and progress in the provision of early childhood services across Canada.  Released every three years, the ECER evaluates the quality of Canada’s early years services, including their oversight, funding and access, against a 15-point scale.

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Play-based learning
Source: Encyclopedia on Early Childhood Development, February 2018

Excerpt: "Developmentally appropriate practices like play-based learning are valuable for strengthening many areas of development and learning. This topic aims to show how play-based learning can help support young children’s learning of social-emotional skills, general cognitive development, and self-regulation abilities. It also helps to clarify the relationship between play and academic learning."

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Kids as young as three show racial bias. Now, an app can reduce it. (video)
Source: NBC News, January 30, 2018

Description: "A recent study is the first to show a lasting effect in reducing racial bias in young children."

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Study: Poverty Negatively Affects Childhood Brain Development
Source: Skylinewspaper, February 7, 2018

Excerpt: "Early cognitive improvement is one of the most important aspects of child development. Even babies as young as five months of age can understand both color and depth perception. Unfortunately, in certain parts of the world where extreme poverty is common, a child’s early brain development is at risk in these areas."

To access the study, How Poverty Affects the Brain

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