Universal Early Childhood Education is a Game Changer
It's the smartest investment Canada can make.
High quality early childhood education provides crucial developmental benefits giving ALL children the opportunity to thrive throughout their lives.
Not only does ECE benefit children but Canadian society and the economy as well. Over the last 20 years since the Honourable Margaret McCain and Dr. Fraser Mustard released the first Early Years Study in 1999, Early Years Studies 1, 2, and 3 have influenced far-reaching government action including:
High Quality Early Childhood Education is Not Babysitting or Daycare
It is play with purpose.
ECE is play-based learning in a nurturing environment, guided by experienced educators. It has a profound impact during the preschool years when children are developing language, social, literacy, numeracy and problem solving skills, as well as self-regulation and confidence. These crucial skills set them on a pathway for success that impacts their entire lives.
Universal Early Childhood Education is A Good Investment
Every $1 invested in early childhood education yields $6 in economic benefits.
The Economic Benefits of ECE:
It's Time to Invest in Canada’s Children
ECE is a Double Dividend that simultaneously supports children’s development, as well as parents’ workforce participation.
Children who participate in high quality ECE do better in school then go on to make their own economic and social contributions. Early Years Study 4 calls on governments to offer quality early childhood education to ALL preschool-aged children across the country. The return on this investment not only outweighs the cost, it is crucial to children’s development, the economy, and the future of Canadian society.