Government of Canada supports early childhood development

News release

November 5, 2018                    Ottawa, Ontario                    Employment and Social Development Canada

The first years of life are essential for children’s development and future well-being. The Government of Canada is committed to promoting and investing in projects that support early childhood development because every child deserves a good start in life so they can succeed.

Today, Karen McCrimmon, Member of Parliament for Kanata–Carleton, on behalf of the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, announced funding of $1,271,000 to Families Canada for its Early Childhood Development Science to Practice: Knowledge Mobilization project funded through the Social Development Partnerships Program.

This project will promote the evidence-based Encyclopedia on Early Childhood Development through a variety of digitals tools and e-learning products, to all Canadians, including families and services providers working directly with parents and children. These innovative tools and products will help to create a better understanding of the science of early childhood development and improve the quality of early childhood practices.

The Encyclopedia on Early Childhood Development is a comprehensive, reliable and easy-to-use evidence-based reference tool that provides the most up-to-date scientific knowledge available on the development of young children, from conception to age five.

Quotes

“The first years of life are essential to the sound development, future well-being and learning progression of children. Through innovation and partnerships like this one we are facilitating early childhood development. Families are the foundation of Canada, and children are our most precious resource—Investing in them means investing in Canada's future.”

– The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development

“The first years of life are essential to the sound development, future well-being and learning progression of children. It is through collaboration and working in partnership that we will improve the quality of early childhood practices.’’

– Karen McCrimmon, Member of Parliament for Kanata–Carleton

Quick facts

  • The Encyclopedia on Early Childhood Development is produced in by the Centre of Excellence for Early Childhood, which is based at the Université de Montréal, in partnership with the Strategic Knowledge Cluster on Early Childhood Development, which is based at the Université Laval.

  • The Social Development Partnerships Program has two funding components: Disability; and Children and Families. The Children and Families component provides funding to eligible organizations for projects that help to improve the lives of children and families.

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For media enquiries, please contact:

Valérie Glazer
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, P.C., M.P.
Minister of Families, Children and Social Development
819-654-5546

Media Relations Office
Employment and Social Development Canada
819-994-5559
media@hrsdc-rhdcc.gc.ca
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