Findings from the UK’s Effective Provision of Pre-School Education Study: Canadian Tour with Dr. Edward Melhuish
April 25-May 2, 2013
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.
We Are Stronger Together Conference
Keynote Speaker: Margaret McCain
Description: "Early Years Study 3: Making Decisions, Taking Action makes a compelling case for why policy makers should focus attention and resources on young children and their families. The social, economic and scientific rationale for increased investments in early childhood education is clear and well documented.
Good education, begun early, can improve every child’s chance of success. It is fair. It works. It is affordable. It enjoys widespread popularity, and we are already well on our way in Canada to making it a reality."
MWMFF Joins with Government of Nova Scotia to Open Early Years Centre
The MWMFF is joining with the government of Nova Scotia to establish three early years centres across the province that will provide support for young children and their families at accessible community locations.
Nova Scotia: Province Ensuring Children Get Strong Start in Life
"Families will have better access to the supports they need to ensure their children get a strong start in life thanks to changes and funding announced in this year's budget. Premier Darrell Dexter and Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Ramona Jennex visited Rockingstone Heights School in Halifax to talk about the initiatives, which include integrating provincial programs and services for children and families, establishing early years centres, and free, comprehensive physician visits to screen children at 18 and 36 months."
Conclusions de l'étude britannique Effective Provision of Pre-School Education Study
Effective Provision of Pre-School Education (EPPE) est la première grande étude menée au Royaume-Uni qui porte spécifiquement sur l'efficacité de l’enseignement précoce. Cette étude longitudinale à grande échelle suit les progrès et le développement de 4 000 enfants dans des cadres tels que les services de garde en milieu familial ou les établissements préscolaires.
Margaret McCain: Hooked on Philanthropy
"For McCain, the first female lieutenant-governor of New Brunswick, philanthropy, even in its most grassroots form, has always permeated life. Norrie’s sense of selfless beneficence has remained a cornerstone of McCain’s stance towards community involvement to this day."
UNB Launches Feasibility Study into Early Childhood Degree
""The Faculty of Education at the University of New Brunswick has partnered with the Margaret and Wallace McCain Family Foundation and the Jimmy Pratt Family Foundation..."
National Strategy for Early Years Required
Telegraph-Journal: "Philanthropist Margaret McCain is calling on the federal government to create a national early childhood development strategy for a public system that will give children a better life start. "It's absolutely necessary," she said, in an interview....
MWMFF Attends ECD Funders Working Group in Montreal
On January 31 and February 1, 2013 members of the Margaret and Wallace McCain Family Foundation attended meetings of the ECD Funders Working Group in Montreal, Quebec...
La Boussole Named a Success Story
"The Centre for Early Childhood and Family La Boussole, in Richibucto, offers a complete range of services to families with children 0 to 5 years who live in the Greater Richibucto area."
Bringing education & care together in New Brunswick
FREDERICTON, NB, Oct. 27, 2012 /CNW/ - "Merging education with child care and family supports is a proven formula for better outcomes for children and less stress for parents. Yet across Canada services, particularly for young children, are a disorganized patchwork..."
Learning to Care: Closing Remarks by Hon. Margaret McCain
"Less than a month after the inaugural conference for the Fraser Mustard Institute for Human Development, we are together again under the same theme--how research, policy and practice--across disciplines--inform one another..."
Remarks by the Hon. Margaret McCain to PFC Symposium
"We are the Early Child Development Funders Working Group – it’s a mouthful and we could have devised a more pithy handle but we are not about branding; we are about a goal – publicly funded early education for every child from the age of two. This objective underpins our respective equity and social justice agendas. It is progressive, ambitious and achievable..."