The early years last a lifetime. The first five years of a child’s life are the most critical time of growth and learning. In fact, 85% of the human brain is developed by the time a child graduates kindergarten. Research is showing that public investment in effective early learning programs produce benefits to children, families, communities and society that far outweigh the costs.
The Jimmy Pratt Foundation, The Margaret & Wallace McCain Family Foundation and Memorial University’s Harris Centre have launched a discussion paper and fact sheet on Early Childhood Education in Newfoundland and Labrador.
These two recent publications have sparked quite a bit of discussion among Early Childhood Educators in our province. It is upsetting to know that Newfoundland has the poorest rated early learning services in Canada. Surely, something needs to be done about that.
At Little Tulips Family Child Care, we take pride in the fact that we offer a quality, licensed and regulated, inclusive early learning program that focuses on children with special needs. We appreciate each child’s uniqueness, and provide individualized attention when introducing new experiences and promoting the development of new skills.
Here are the two recent publications. Please read, share and discuss!
12 Things You Need to Know About Early Childhood Education in our Province
October 2013: Launch of Discussion Paper – “The Early Years Last a Lifetime”