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Time for Preschool
From the start, every opportunity, for every child.
Inside an early education program: from the perspective of children , parents and educators.
The Honourable Margaret McCain, Chair of the Margaret and Wallace McCain Family Foundation discusses the importance of early childhood education.
Economic Benefits of Early Childhood Education
Craig Alexander, former TD Bank Economist, current Vice President, Economic Analysis at C.D. Howe Insitute, describes the economic benefits of investing in the next generation of workers.
Heather Prime is one of 5 winners in the annual competition that challenges postsecondary students from across the country to demonstrate how SSHRC-funded research is making a difference in the lives of Canadians. This video showcases the importance of siblings in children’s early language development, based on work from the Kids, Families and Places CIHR-funded study. Watch this informative video on parenting, siblings and language development; helping Canadians understand and improve the world around us.
The annual Storytellers competition challenges postsecondary students to demonstrate—in three minutes or 300 words—how SSHRC-funded research is making a difference in the lives of Canadians. A cash prize was given to 25 finalists. The finalists took part in the final round of competition: a 3 minute presentation in front of a live audience at the 2015 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, hosted by the University of Ottawa.
A panel of expert communicators selected the Final Five postsecondary student winners from among the Top 25 presentations. The five winning students in the 2015 Storytellers competition are:
- Naveen Devasagayam
- Tanya Elchuk
- Bryan Gallagher
- Simon Lisaingo
- Heather Prime
Early Childhood Education in Ontario
Zeenat Janmonhamed, presented to CFUW Guelph, A Community Forum on Child Care: We Need To Get This Right, February 2015
The Feb 19, 2015 Community Child Care Forum: We need to get this right, featured Martha Friendly, Executive Director of the Child Care Resource and Research Unit, Zeenat Janmohamed faculty member in the School of Early Childhood at George Brown College and visiting Scholar at the Atkinson Centre for Society and Child Development at the University of Toronto and Lorna Reid, Director of the Early Child Care and Learning Centre at University of Guelph. The panel discussed child care across our country, our province and in our communities and presentations were followed by a discussion of needed policy change at the federal, provincial and municipal level and how members of the public can influence these changes.
The Schools at the Centre study explores the impact of full day kindergarten and extended hours programming on educators, families and early years administrators in three Ontario regions. By exploring the processes and partnerships developed between school boards, regional governments and community organizations the researchers were able to uncover lessons to inform policy and practice. The aim of the study is to strengthen child and family centred services in communities.
- Also see Principal Investigator, Zeenat Janmohamed's presentation at CFUW Guelph's Community Forum on Child Care
Early Childhood Education Report 2014
November 12, 2014
The Early Childhood Education Report 2014: It’s Time for Preschool released today by the Atkinson Centre at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education/University of Toronto is the second status update in three years. It measures provincial and territorial performance based on different criteria including investments in early education and child care programs and children’s access. It also compares Canada’s results to other developed economies.
Around the country, 30 governors are proposing the expansion of preschool programs in their states. But what makes a pre-K program sufficiently educational? And how will the U.S. pay for these programs? Special correspondent John Tulenko of Learning Matters examines the debate over the value and the cost.
A conference for systems managers, policy makers, program administrators, and researchers about Quality Assurance in Early Childhood Education.
The Early Years Gathering
October 2, 2013
The Early Years conference focuses on early childhood learning and development concepts and is the result of joint efforts between the departments of Education, Health and Social Services and the Women’s Directorate. Three topic areas, including healthy beginnings, strong families, and quality learning and care environments, will guide the conversation. Also being discussed from a broad perspective is supporting young children, parents and families during transition into school or a community environment.
- Kerry McCuaig PART 1
- Kerry McCuaig PART 2
- Kerry McCuaig PART 3
- Kerry McCuaig PART 4
- Jane Bertrand PART 1
- Jane Bertrand PART 2
- Jane Bertrand PART 3
- Jane Bertrand PART 4
- Watch all videos together in our Playlist on our YouTube Channel
Findings from the UK’s Effective Provision of Pre-School Education Study: Canadian Tour with Dr. Edward Melhuish
Effective Provision of Pre-School Education (EPPE) is the first major study in the United Kingdom to focus specifically on the effectiveness of early years education. The large-scale, longitudinal study follows the progress and development of 4,000 children in various types of at home and pre-school settings. It explores the characteristics of different kinds of early years settings and their influences on children’s early development and their later progress. It is now reporting at age 16. Dr. Melhuish’s work explores the effects of student variables (gender, EAL status), family (parental SES, qualifications, home learning etc.) and neighbourhood characteristics on student’s secondary school attendance, attitudes, social, behavioural and academic outcomes.
To view Part 1 of Dr. Melhuish's presentation at OISE on April 26, 2013>
To view Part 2 of Dr. Melhuish's presentation at OISE on April 26, 2013>
An Atkinson Centre research team has led the evaluation and analysis of the Toronto First Duty (TFD) early childhood demonstration project. TFD is a universal early learning and care program model for every child that simultaneously:
-meets the developmental needs of children to ensure they reach their full potential
-supports parents to work or study
-supports parents in their parenting role
The TFD model brings together kindergarten, child care and parenting supports into a single program. Through TFD parents are able to access the full range of child and family supports available in their community.
The Atkinson Centre is pleased to release 'Seamless Day Schools, a film that documents a full day of learning and play for children in Waterloo. Seamless day schools mean we are finally getting it right when it comes to meeting the learning needs of children and the work/family balance of parents. Board operated programs can be made available in every neighbourhood for every family. "The long-term implications of early intervention that this program provides will be altering for our society. This is almost the most important thing we have ever done to improve student outcomes." (Mary Lou Mackie, Executive Superintendant, Waterloo Region District School Board)
- Link to English video>
Also available with French subtitles: "Le Centre Atkinson a le plaisir de publier «Une journée sans coupure», un film qui documente une pleine journée d'apprentissage axée sur le jeu à Waterloo. Une journée sans coupure signifie que nous rencontrons finalement les besoins d'apprentissage des enfants et des familles pour bien balancer les exigences travail/famille des parents. Des programmes exploités par le Conseil Scolaire peuvent être mis à disposition dans chaque quartier pour toutes les familles."
- Link to French video>
See the following discussants consider the evidence: Michal Perlman (Associate Professor, OISE/UT); Jenny Jenkins (Atkinson Centre Chair and Professor, OISE/UT); Michael Baker (Professor, School of Public Policy and Governance, UT); Kerry McCuaig (Fellow in Early Childhood Policy at the Atkinson Centre); Erica Okezie Phillips (PhD Candidate, OISE/UT; Program Officer, Education, McCormick Foundation, Chicago IL).
Early Years Study 3 report launch
A recording of the November 22, 2011 report launch at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education in Toronto. The event was opened by Olivia Nuamah, Executive Director of the Atkinson Charitable Foundation, followed by a speech by the Hon. Margaret McCain, read by Jane Bertrand. Kerry McCuaig gave an overview of the report's content. The event concluded with a Q&A with the audience.
Summer Institute 2011
June 1, 2011
The early learning atmosphere in Ontario includes a number of significant policy changes that have created new opportunities and new challenges. On June 1, 2011, the 8th Summer Institute on Early Childhood Development took place. It addressed how changes impact early learning professionals and focussed on relationships amongst families and professionals that involve practitioners, colleges and universities, professional associations and government.
Measuring and monitoring quality in early childhood and care programs can help to inform research, policy development, and program practice. The following research papers discuss measures of quality and help us think about initiatives in the early learning sector to improve program quality, focus on relevant indicators of quality, and how to improve social and development outcomes for children.