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Resources on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion


There has been a growing recognition of the rich diversity of families over the past two decades, bringing forward the need for a different approach to research, policy and practice in early learning.

The needs of children being raised in immigrant families are often the same and sometimes different than the needs of other children. Certainly the settlement issues vary by place of birth, socio-economic status, support in the new home country and language capacity. At the same time the needs of racialized children are different from children who are immigrants to Canada.

Family composition has changed just as significantly with the growing community of lesbian, gay, transgender and queer parents having children in all kinds of combinations and permutations. The legislative rights of these families has enabled two parents or more to have legal parental rights, yet their interests and needs rarely cross professional training discussions.

Exploring questions of diversity, equity and inclusion in a much more critical and deeper way bridges the divide between existing knowledge and a need for new capacity in how we conduct research, engage in policy development and teaching practice.

EFA Global Monitoring Report 2011 - The Hidden Crisis: Armed Conflict and Education
Source: UNESCO, March 1, 2011

Description: "The 2011 Global Monitoring Report will examines the damaging consequences of conflict for the Education for All goals. It sets out an agenda for protecting the right to education during conflict, strengthening provision for children, youth and adults affected by conflict, and rebuilding education systems in countries emerging from conflict. The Report also explores the role of inappropriate education policies in creating conditions for violent conflict. Drawing on experience from a range of countries, it identifies problems and sets out solutions that can help make education a force for peace, social cohesion and human dignity."

Children of Immigrants More Likely to Do Well at School
Source: People for Education, February 25, 2011

Excerpt: "Statistics Canada has a new report that compares differences between educational attainment levels (number of years in school and percentage with a university degree) for children of immigrants and children of Canadian-born parents. Contrary to what many people think, the report shows that children of immigrants are more likely to have high levels of educational attainment than children with Canadian-born parents."

A Tale of Two Canadas: Implementing Rights in Early Childhood
Source: Child Care Advocacy Association of Canada (CCAAC) and the Coalition of Child Care Advocates of BC, February 2011

Excerpt: "On the one hand, both federal and provincial governments suggest in their public reports that the measures they are taking to support young children and their families are generally adequate. For those families that may be struggling, governments indicate that (1) they’re doing as much as they can and (2) conditions are improving over time. On the other hand, the evidence paints a different reality…. almost 10% of young children and their families are living in poverty…. — there are only enough regulated [early care and learning program] spaces for about 20% of young children, despite the fact that more than 70% of Canadian mothers are in the paid labour force..."

Queering Early Childhood Studies: Challenging the Discourse of Developmentally Appropriate Practice (pdf)
Source: Atkinson Centre for Society and Child Development, 2010

This presentation by Atkinson Centre Executive Director, Zeenat Janmohammed, focusses on: integrating queer perspectives into ECE training; the problem with DAP in Ontario, Canada?; and a discussion of her research study on parent opinion.

National Child Day: Freedom of Expression
Source: Vanier Institute of the Family, November 15, 2010

This edition of Fascinating Families focusses on "the meaning and importance of Article 13 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child - the right to freedom of expression. While the right to freedom of expression is protected under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, there still exist some very important concerns with regard to the right of Aboriginal peoples – and Aboriginal children in particular – to seek, receive and impart information in a traditional, aboriginal language."

Young Lives, An International Study of Childhood Poverty
Source: Young Lives website

Description: "Young Lives is an international study of childhood poverty, involving 12,000 children in 4 countries over 15 years. It is led by a team in the Department of International Development at the University of Oxford in association with research and policy partners in the 4 study countries: Ethiopia, India, Peru and Vietnam."

Norwegian Study: Universal Child Care Leveled the Playing Field for Disadvantaged Kids (pdf)
Source: NIEER, December 2010 (study published by University of Oslo & Statistics Norway 2009)

Description: "A study by Tarjei Havnes, University of Oslo and Magne Mogstad, Statistics Norway, found that Norway's universal child care system had positive effects of the earnings distribution in adulthood for children who attended. They also found that measuring mean impacts of the universal program misses a lot: While child care had a small and insignificant mean impact, effects were positive over the bulk of the earnings distribution, and had sizable impacts below the median. They say this is an important point since their findings could not have been identified by studying meant impacts, the latter being the focus of previous empirical studies of universal child care."

Families Count - New Statistics on Canadian Families
Source: Vanier Institute, October 1, 2010

Excerpt: "The Vanier Institute of the Family is pleased to present Families Count - a comprehensive statistical portrait of Canadian families in all of their diversity."

Innocenti Report 9: The Children Left Behind
Source: UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre, UNICEF, December 3, 2010

Excerpt: "Report Card 9 'The Children Left Behind' presents a first overview of inequalities in child well-being for 24 OECD countries. The report focuses on the relative gap between children in the bottom of the distribution with those occupying the median. Three dimensions of well-being are examined: material, education, and health. In each case, the question asked is 'how far behind are children being allowed to fall?' and why are some countries doing so much better at protecting their most vulnerable children."

Building Bridges: Queer Families in Early Childhood Education (pdf)
Source: Atkinson Centre for Society and Child Development, 2009

The new Building Bridges: Queer Families in Early Childhood Education is a public education and training resource developed to support educators working with queer families and their children in early childhood environments. Utilizing this resource means engaging in the process of social change on behalf of children and making a commitment to understanding the scope and complexity that exists within queer families.

SpeciaLink: The National Centre for Child Care Inclusion

SpeciaLink: The National Centre for Early Childhood Inclusion's goal is to expand the quality and quantity of opportunities for inclusion in child care, recreation, education, and other community settings, to young children with special needs and their families. Its website provides a clearinghouse and virtual resource and research centre, fact sheets, books and videos.

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