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National ECD Organizations

Aboriginal Children's Circle of Early Learning (ACCEL)
The ACCEL is a bilingual web-based clearinghouse and network about the early childhood development of First Nations, Inuit and Métis children.

Canadian Child Care Federation (CCCF)
Provides information about the Federation, its activities as well as access to a series of resources for parents and other care providers.

Canadian Council on Learning (CCL)
The CCL incluces a Knowledge Centre on ECD. Their website provides access to CCL reports and other publications on learning in the early years.

Canadian Paediatric Society (CPS)
The CPS website is designed to provide both CPS members and other health care professionals with information they need to make informed decisions about child health care.

Centre of Excellence for Early Childhood Development (CEECD)
The mission of the CEECD is to improve our knowledge of the social and emotional development of young children. Their website provides access to publications and information about events.

Child Care Advocacy Association of Canada (CCAAC)
The CCAAC is dedicated to working together for the right of all children to access a publicly funded, inclusive, quality, non-profit child care system.

Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU)
The CRRU is a policy and research oriented facility that focuses on early childhood education and child care and family policy in Canada and internationally.

Family Resource Programs of Canada (FRP Canada)
FRP Canada promotes the well-being of families by providing national leadership, consultation and resources to those who care for children and support families.

Forum for Early Child Development Monitoring
The Forum for Early Child Development Monitoring is a learning place for those with an interest in early child development monitoring.  It is an open affiliation of people & organizations committed to helping build a comprehensive, population-based early child development monitoring system across Canada.

Fraser Mustard Institute for Human Development (IHD)
The aim of the Fraser Mustard Institute for Human Development (IHD) is to develop new interconnections that cut across disciplinary and professional boundaries to build evidence and understanding for the improvement of young lives and the promotion of human development in the real world.

Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP)
HELP is an interdisciplinary research network from British Columbia's six major universities that facilitates the creation of new knowledge, and helps apply this knowledge by working directly with government and communities. Their website provides access to presentations, publications and online resources.

Offord Centre for Child Studies
The Offord Centre is dedicated to improving the life quality and life opportunities of children and youth by focusing on the biological factors and life circumstances that influence healthy child development. The website provides information on the Centre's work, including the Early Development Instrument (EDI).

Za-geh-do-win Information Clearinghouse
Provides information about Health Healing and Family Violence to Aboriginal communities in Ontario.

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Provincial ECD Organizations


Association of Early Childhood Educators Ontario (AECEO)
The AECEO is the professional association for early childhood educators in Ontario. The AECEO serves and acts on behalf of early childhood educators in Ontario by supporting the professional growth of early childhood educators through the provision and promotion of ongoing professional development, training and best practices.

Early Years Education Ontario Network (EYEON)
The Early Years Education Ontario Network (EYEON) consists of a group of professionals who work on behalf of children from prenatal to age eight and their families. The goals of this network include enhancing the professional learning of those in the early years field, bringing together early years research and educational practice, sharing knowledge to create positive change, and advocacy.

Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care (OCBCC)
The Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care (OCBCC), founded in 1981, advocates for universally accessible, high quality, not-for-profit, regulated child care in the province of Ontario. We are a non-partisan public awareness and advocacy group with broad membership including the education, labour, student and women's and francophone communities.

People for Education
People for Education is an independent parent-led organization, working to improve public education in Ontario's English, Catholic and French schools.

Early Learning Central
ETFO is dedicated to the development, promotion and protection of quality education for every student. Professional development plays a key role in achieving this vision.  ETFO is the foremost provider of professional learning activities in Ontario. A wide range of professional learning activities are provided that are developed by teachers for teachers.

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British Columbia

The Centre for Early Childhood Research and Policy (CECRP)
The Centre for Early Childhood Research and Policy (CECRP) at the University of Victoria is committed to quality experiences for young children so that they can thrive, flourish and blossom.  A strong, secure foundation in the first six years of a child’s development is a benefit that lasts a lifetime. Children develop a strong core of being during this important time—approaches to life and profound attitudes towards challenges, change and other people in the world—that sets a template for much of their future, and can strongly influence their approach to later life events at school, at work, and in founding their own families as adults.


Healthy Child Manitoba
Led by the Healthy Child Committee of Cabinet, Healthy Child Manitoba bridges departments and governments and, together with the community, works to improve the well-being of Manitoba's children and youth. Their website provides information about the Province of Manitoba's programs and initiatives to support families and chidren during the early years.

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International ECD Organizations

National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER)
The NIEER conducts and communicates research to support high quality, effective, early childhood education for all young children.

UNICEF believes that nurturing and caring for children are the cornerstones of human progress. UNICEF was created with this purpose in mind – to work with others to overcome the obstacles that poverty, violence, disease and discrimination place in a child’s path.

Zero to Three
Offers free resources about children's development in the first three years of life.

Helping Children with Cerebral Palsy
Cerebral palsy is a disability caused by brain damage that restricts normal movement and coordination. Each year, 10,000 children in the U.S. are diagnosed with cerebral palsy. Cerebral Palsy Guide provides free educational materials, financial options, and support to help those affected by this condition.

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Unions for Early Childhood Educators

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario (ETFO)

Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association (OECTA)

Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation (OSSTF)

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Portrait of Families and Living Arrangements in Canada
Statistics Canada provides information about Families and Living arrangements in Canada

Finding Quality Child Care: A Guide for Parents in Canada
findingqualitychildcare.ca is a great new resource for parents looking for quality child care that’s affordable and meets the needs of their families. Parents can find out about child care options in each province and territory, how to recognize quality and why it’s important, and how they can improve their chances of accessing high quality child care. Includes a 20 minute video showing high quality centre environments (in EN, FR, ASL and QSL), a list of “dos and don’ts”, a checklist to use when looking at child care settings, as well as detailed information about regulations, tools and other key information in each province/territory. The website and video were developed by the Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU) and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW).

Journey Together - FDK
Members of an FDK teaching team document and share their experiences.

Encyclopedia on Early Childhood Development
The Encyclopedia on Early Childhood Development is produced by the Centre of Excellence for Early Childhood Development. It is intended for policy-makers, service planners and service providers and for parents. It brings together articles written by internationally renowned experts on topics having to do with the psychosocial development of young children, from conception to the age of five. Each of the 42 topics addressed is explored from three perspectives: development, services and policies. In addition, for each topic there is a synthesis that provides, in a simplified format, the key points that will be most useful to practitioners and planners. This synthesis addresses three questions: What is the importance of this topic? What are the most up-to-date and conclusive data available on this subject? And what can be done to improve services, policies and research?

National Quality Framework (AU)
In December 2009, all Australian Governments agreed to a new National Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education and Care. This means that all Australian children, regardless of their location, will get the best possible start in life through high quality early childhood education and care and school age care services. The Framework will help providers improve their services in the areas that impact on a child’s development and empower families to make informed choices about which service is best for their child. ACECQA, the new national body is responsible for providing oversight of the new system and ensuring consistency of approach.

National Quality Standard (AU)
The National Quality Standard sets a new national benchmark for the quality of children's education and care services. It will also give services and families a better understanding of a quality service. This enables families to make informed decisions about the services providing education and care to their child. The National Quality Standard is a key aspect of the National Quality Framework.

Science of Early Child Development
The Science of Early Child Development is an interactive online curriculum resource that looks at: The new framework for understanding child development; how everyday experiences affect children’s biological pathways with long-term outcomes on health, learning and behaviour; why people who work with children and families should understand the science of early development; how what we do when children are little affects the long-term health and well-being of children and of entire populations; and how we can narrow the gap between research and practice.

Ministry of Education (ON)
Organizational Chart of the Ontario Ministry of Education.

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