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Early Childhood Education has Widespread and Long Lasting Benefits

Source: Special Report, TD Economics, November 27, 2012

Excerpt: "Education and skills development unlock the potential of individuals and shapes the quality of their lives. Learning takes place in all stages of life, and the biggest impact happens early in ...

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Remarks by the Hon. Margaret McCain to PFC Symposium

Source: PFC Symposium, 'Funder Collaboration: Making it Work,' October 16, 2012, Montreal, Quebec 

Excerpt: "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 ...

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The Meaningful Munificence of Margaret McCain

Source: Atlantic Business magazine, Vol. 23, Issue 5

Excerpt: ""Philanthropy is far more than writing a check,” [McCain] says. "There is charitable philanthropy and there's strategic philanthropy. And we've done both ... But let’s say I do live ...

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Neurodevelopment: Unlocking the Brain

Source: Nature, Vol. 487, Issue 7405, July 4, 2012

Excerpt: "During critical periods, children can make rapid progress at discerning facial features that look like their own, recognizing spoken language and locating objects in space. But within a few months ...

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Province to Consult Nova Scotians on Early Years

Source: Premier's Office, Government of Nova Scotia, May 25, 2012

Excerpt: "The province is consulting Nova Scotians on a plan to ensure young children are getting the support they need to develop to their full potential. Premier Darrell Dexter ...

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Business Case for Early Childhood Development

Source: Communities Together for Children

Excerpt: "Across Canada, more than a quarter of children are vulnerable before they even get to school. Most vulnerable children are not poor. This high rate of early vulnerability imposes social and economic costs.   In ...

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CBC Interviews Kerry McCuaig

Source: CBC (New Brunswick), February 10, 2012

Description: "Advocates of early childhood education are encouraging the province to rethink how daycares are run in New Brunswick. In fact, one of those advocates, Margaret McCain, has put her own time and ...

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Crime prevention starts in early childhood

Source: Chronicle Herald, February 8, 2012

Excerpt: "Youth (12-17 years of age) crime is higher in Nova Scotia than the Canadian average: 8,903 per 100,000 people in 2010 compared to a national rate of 6,147 (Statistics Canada ...

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The Magic of Kindergarten

Source: The Telegram (NL), January 24, 2012

Excerpt: "If Dr. No wants to stick around for a second term, we need to convince her that full-day kindergarten is an issue that is not going to go away. We need to ...

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Creating More Impact with Giving

Source: Canadian Capital, November 22, 2011

Excerpt: "Increasingly, foundations seek to leverage the impact of their grants by partnering with other philanthropic organizations that share their interests. So when the Jimmy Pratt Foundation in St. John’s, N.L., launched ...

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Helping Others ~ Remembering and Celebrating Dr. Fraser Mustard (1927-2011)

Source: ResilienC - Issue 16, 2011

Excerpt: "Every year at this time, RIRO reflects on the value of helping others. This issue is dedicated to celebrating the contribution and inspiration of Fraser Mustard, whose latest work on the importance of the ...

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ECE for children aged 2: report

Source: yorkregion.com, December 3, 2011

Excerpt: "Schools should become community hubs, according to a new study. The Early Years Study 3, co-authored by the late Dr. Fraser Mustard, Margaret Norrie McCain and Kerry McCuaig, concludes every child in the ...

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Invest in children and reap the rewards

Source: The Telegram, December 3, 2011

Excerpt: "When it comes to early childhood education and child care, Newfoundland and Labrador has the worst report card in the country. That's according to a recently released study headed up by Dr ...

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Early Years Study 3

Source: Early Literacy Alliance of Waterloo, November 30, 2011

Excerpt: "The Early Years Study 3 (www.earlyyearsstudy.ca) documents the social, economic and scientific rationale for increased investments in early childhood education. It also introduces the Early Childhood Education Index ...

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Canadian Toddlers – Off To School?

Source: The Mother Juggle (blog), November 26, 2011

Excerpt: "Is this finally a salve to our working-mother-guilt?  The most recent Early Years Study in Canada recommends that children as young as two years old can not only handle in-school programs ...

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The "Complex Issue" Series: FASD and Crime, Part 2

Source: Smart on Crime in Waterloo Region (blog), November 26, 2011

Excerpt: "The Toronto Star has reported on a study known as "Early Years Study 3" authored by Dr. Fraser Mustard, Kerry McQuaig and Margaret Norrie McCain where the case ...

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Study favours in-school training for two-year-olds

Source: Nanaimo Daily News, November 25, 2011

Excerpt: "School officials in Nanaimo-Ladysmith agree with a report released this week that recommends early learning programs for children as young as two years old. But, in a school district considered to be ...

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Newfoundland admits child care needs more

Source: Canadian Press, November 24, 2011

Excerpt: Charlene Johnson, the minister responsible for child and family services, is responding to a national report that indicates Newfoundland is last in the country when it comes to early childhood education. Johnson says ...

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Earlybirds

Source: simcoe.com, November 24, 2011

Excerpt: "The report makes the case that the social, educational and economic ramifications of extending school to younger children would be overwhelmingly positive, with schools becoming invaluable hubs for communities and parents of young ...

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Manitoba a leader in child care says study

Source: The Daily Graphic/Central Plains Herald-Leader, November 24, 2011

Excerpt: "The province announced Wednesday that Manitoba was among the three provinces to receive a passing grade in the Early Childhood Education Index issued by the Margaret & Wallace McCain Family ...

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Do You Need An Early Head Start For Your Two Year Old?

Source: ePostMedia, November 23, 2011

Excerpt: "A study, called The Early Years Study, is recommending programs in a classroom type environment for your two year old and up. The in-school type education should be set up to maximize their development ...

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Canada AM: Debating starting school early

Source: Canada AM (CTV News), November 23, 2011

Description: Host Beverly Thomson discusses the Early Years Study 3 and the merits of early childhood education for 2-year-olds with report author, Kerry McCuaig, and Andrea Mrozek, Manager of Research and Communications ...

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Report recommends kids start school even earlier

Source: Airplay (CBC Radio), November 23, 2011

Description: "According to the authors of The Early Years Study, children should begin their formal education when they're as young as two years old. The authors of the report say those early ...

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Daycare programs across Canada improving, study finds

Source: CTV Edmonton, November 23, 2011

Excerpt: Canada is doing more to invest in early childhood education than it was even a few years ago, but programs are spotty from province to province and there is lots of room for ...

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Parents demand better child care

Source: cbc.ca, November 23, 2011

Excerpt: "Some parents are urging the provincial government to take action after a national report about early childhood education released Tuesday ranked Newfoundland and Labrador last in the country. Vanessa Winsor of St. John ...

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N.L. childhood education worst in country: report

Source: cbc.ca, November 23, 2011

Excerpt: "A report released Tuesday on early childhood education gives Newfoundland and Labrador the lowest grade of any province or territory in the country. The Early Years Study 3, which follows two previous studies ...

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P.E.I. near top in early childhood education

Source: cbc.ca, November 23, 2011

Excerpt: "An independent study of early childhood programs across the country puts Prince Edward Island behind only Quebec for the service it provides. The third Early Childhood Education index, created by J. Fraser Mustard ...

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Tasha Kheiriddin: Canada’s ‘human development plan’ is called ‘the family’

Source: National Post (editorial), November 23, 2011

Excerpt: "Sometimes, parents can learn more from their children than the other way around. The other day, my two-and-a-half-year old daughter engaged in a novel form of play with her alphabet blocks. She ...

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Quebec's daycare system envied by other provinces

Source: Montreal Gazette, November 23, 2011

Excerpt: "Quebec's $7-a-day subsidized day-care program is the envy of parents across the country. Quebec parents think it's a pretty sweet deal, too, if it weren't for that one dot on ...

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National Study Reports Manitoba a Leader in Providing Quality Child Care

Source: Government of Manitoba, November 23, 2011

Excerpt: "Manitoba has one of the best child-care systems in the country, according to the first Early Childhood Education Index issued by the Margaret & Wallace McCain Family Foundation, and the province continues to ...

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Quebec, PEI, Manitoba surge ahead on early childhood education

Source: Globe and Mail, November 22, 2011

Excerpt: "Over the course of his career, Fraser Mustard became known for big ideas that linked diverse fields, from medicine to psychology, and later, to education. He devoted his final major report, released ...

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Early childhood education for all kids starting at age 2

Source: Toronto Star, Parenting Central blog, November 22, 2011

Excerpt: "Today we learned about a report that recommends good quality, publicly-funded early childhood education for all Canadian children starting at the age of 2. The Early Years Study 3 said ...

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Provinces fill void on early education

Source: Toronto Star, November 22, 2011 (editorial by Charles Pascal)

Excerpt: "Almost six years ago, Stephen Harper scrapped a national early learning and care program, putting an end to arguably what would have been the most important contribution to nation-building ...

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Start school at 2, study urges

Source: Toronto Star, Tuesday November 22, 2011

Excerpt: "Every Canadian child should have access to publicly funded early childhood education starting at age 2 in their local school, says a new report based on an “avalanche of evidence” that shows ...

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Prince Edward Island ranks high nationally in early childhood education

Source: Government of PEI, November 22, 2011 (news release)

Excerpt: A major study on the state of early childhood education in Canada ranks Prince Edward Island’s early childhood education second in the country, says Education and Early Childhood Development ...

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Ontario doesn’t make the grade in early childhood education, report finds

Source: Toronto Star, November 22, 2011

Excerpt: Despite offering full-day kindergarten, Ontario has more work to do when it comes to early childhood education, says the third Early Years Study. Just three provinces — Quebec, PEI and Manitoba — were given passing ...

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2-year-olds in School?

Source: Canadian Press, November 22, 2011

Excerpt: An early childhood education study is recommending publicly funded preschool education for all Canadian kids beginning at age two. The report - authored by Margaret McCain, Dr. Fraser Mustard, who died last week, and ...

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Report suggests Canadian kids enter school earlier

Source: Post Media, November 22, 2011

Excerpt: Canadian toddlers — not five-year-olds — may be the ones posing for "first-day-of-school" snapshots taken by proud parents, if provincial governments adopt recommendations from the latest report on early-childhood education. The Early Years Study — the ...

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Undermining parents

Source: Toronto Sun, November 22, 2011 (opinion)

Excerpt: "They talk a good game about early learning being optional and voluntary. But I’ll bet the latest study on the subject by Margaret Norrie McCain and the late Fraser Mustard — who ...

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In the early years: report

Source: The Record, November 22, 2011

Excerpt: "More access to high-quality early-childhood education programs? Sounds like a great recommendation to me. Unfortunately, this is one of the areas that often feels the pinch of inadequate funding."

Link: http://blogs.canada ...

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Start school at 2, study urges

Source: Robert Paterson's Weblog, November 22, 2011

Excerpt: "Stated clearly is that such a move does not mean an extension of the mind numbing control system back into the 2 year old. He is clear. School has t be ...

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Childhood education starting at age 2 would pay off big, new Canadian report concludes

Source: Daily Brew (blog), November 22, 2011

Excerpt: "Forget about daycare, a new Canadian report recommends every child should start going to school starting at age two. The Early Years Study 3, released Tuesday, recommends toddlers have access to publicly ...

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2-year-olds in School?

Source: Here and Now (CBC Radio 1), November 22, 2011

Description: "A new report suggests formal education should start as early as age 2 or 3 for some children. We hear from the co-author of Early Years Study 3, Kerry ...

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Daycare programs across Canada improving, study finds

Source: CTV News, November 22, 2011

Description: Daniele Hamamdjian reports on a "new report card on Canadian schools is recommending kids should start as early as 2 years old." Catherine Lathem reports on "a group of early education researchers are ...

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Release of the Early Years Study 3

Source: CNW, November 22, 2011 (media release)

Excerpt: To mark the simultaneous release of the Canada wide Early Years Study 3 (EYS3) in Montreal and Toronto, the Lucie and André Chagnon Foundation, which has supported this study since its first ...

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Report reveals provinces are stepping up for young children

Source: CNW, November 22, 2011 (media release)

Excerpt: The federal government may have ended the national child care plan in 2007 but that hasn’t stopped the provinces from making progress, a new report released today in Toronto and Montreal ...

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Release of new report on provincial progress in early education

Source: CNW, November 21, 2011 (media advisory)

Excerpt: The third edition of the Early Years Study will be released in Toronto and Montreal on Tuesday, November 22 at 10 a.m. Early Years Study 3 (EYS 3) introduces the Early ...

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Release Nov. 22: Early Years Study 3 documents state of Canadian families with young children

Source: CNW, November 16, 2011 (media advisory)

Excerpt: "The third edition of the Early Years Study will be released in Toronto and Montreal on Tuesday, November 22 at 10 a.m. The Early Years Study 3 details the current state ...

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