EVENTS

  • The Pre-emptive Nature of Quality Early Child Education on Special Educational Needs

    When: October 24, 2019

    Where: University of Toronto

    The Honourable Margaret McCain remarks to the Special Education Needs Symposium

    David and Jane thank you so much for making this important evidence come alive in your presentation. And thanks to Stacey and the Atkinson Centre for hosting us.

    The pre-emptive nature of quality early childhood education on special education is a story that needs be told and disseminated widely.

    Early education as a remedy for the runaway costs of special education is a motivator for action. Schools do respond successfully to the unique challenges some children confront, but how kinder it is to the child and the family to identify problems and intervene before the hurt and frustration sets in.

    The evidence David and his team have amassed will be featured in the upcoming Early Years Study 4 due for release 20 years after the first study. Its call to “Reverse the Real Brain Drain” is still timely. Although there have been gains, many of them precipitated by the work of those in the room, we cannot be satisfied when only one in three Canadian children have an opportunity to participate in preschool.

    It’s also timely that we’re meeting today; the day set aside to show appreciation for the work of early childhood educators. Quality early education and the quality of the early child workforce form an unbreakable bond. Policy makers must understand this in their quest to expand child care spaces. More child care without addressing the status of the workforce will only produce poor outcomes for children and for society.

    Given the outcome of this week’s election there may be an opening to influence early childhood policy that makes a difference. Early learning was an issue for all the progressive parties who will form the agenda in the next Parliament. Turning promises to effective action will take input, scrutiny and more input. Our Foundation is pleased to support the work of champions like David. We know you will all join him for this next big push to make quality early childhood education for all a reality.

    Thank you.

  • Meetings with the Government of New Brunswick

    When: September 26, 2019

    Where: Fredericton, New Brunswick

    The Honourable Margaret Norrie McCain was in Fredericton, September 26, 27 for a series of discussions with Government officials on the role of early childhood education and its potential for improved productivity, literacy and economic growth in New Brunswick. Mrs. McCain also lead celebrations at the University of New Brunswick launching a new on-line degree in early childhood education and co-hosted a breakfast meeting for business leaders with the Fredericton Chamber of Commerce.

  • Early Childhood Education: A Foundation for a Fair and Productive Society

    When: Friday, September 27, 2019

    Where: Delta Fredericton, Grand Ballroom AB, 225 Woodstock Road, Fredericton

    Early Childhood Education and care is a game-changer, playing multiple roles in promoting parents’ labour force participation, women’s equity, immigrant settlement, poverty reduction and economic development.

    The Honourable Margaret McCain and Scott McCain of the Margaret and Wallace McCain Family Foundation, and co-host Karen Grant of the Fredericton Chamber of Commerce, along with Craig Alexander of Deloitte Canada discussed why high quality early childhood education is so beneficial to the economy and laying a foundation to a fair and productive society.

    L to R: Scott McCain, Margaret McCain, Craig Alexander

  • University of New Brunswick Online Bachelor of Education in Early Childhood Education Launch

    When: Thursday, September 26, 2019 - 4:00 p.m.

    Where: University of New Brunswick, Faculty Lounge (Room 225), 2nd Floor, Marshal d’Avray Hall

    The Honourable Margaret Norrie McCain and Dr. Sharon Wahl, Dean, Faculty of Education and colleagues, will celebrate the launch of the University of New Brunswick’s online Bachelor of Education in Early Childhood Education.

    L to R: Margaret McCain, Scott McCain, Lynda Homer, Dominic Cardy

  • Canadian Mothercraft Society

    When: June 24, 2019 - 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

    Where: EY Canada, 100 Adelaide Street West, 40th floor, Toronto

    Scott McCain, board member of Margaret and Wallace McCain Family Foundation will make opening remarks and participate on the panel.

  • Accounting for Quality in the Early Childhood Workforce

    When: June 17, 2019

    Where: George Brown College, Waterfront Campus, 51 Dockside Drive, Toronto, Ontario

    The Summer Institute is an annual collaboration between the School of Early Childhood at George Brown College and the Atkinson Centre for Society and Child Development at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education/University of Toronto. The Institute strives to offer timely information to inform early childhood research, policy and practice. As Canada embarks on a new early years strategy, the Institute examines the importance of the early childhood workforce and the infrastructure necessary to support educators working in an increasingly challenging and diverse sector.

    Iram Siraj, Professor of Child Development and Education at the University of Oxford will present Fostering Effective Early Learning through Professional Development at the 16th annual Summer Institute. In addition to her keynote presentation, Professor Siraj will lead a workshop on Developing the whole child through movement play: Using the MOVERS guide to improve the quality of physical well-being.