Canadian Council on Learning establishes Early Childhood Learning Knowledge Centre
The Centre of Excellence for Early Childhood Development at the University of Montreal will be the lead organization for the Canadian Council on Learning’s (CCL) Early Childhood Learning Knowledge Centre.
The Knowledge Centre will have access to up to $1.5 million per year to build a national network of experts designed to identify ways to improve learning opportunities and outcomes among children prior to their entry into the formal school system.
“The Early Childhood Learning Knowledge Centre will be a national source of expertise on early childhood learning,” stated Dr. Paul Cappon, CCL’s President and CEO. “The quality of a child’s early experience and learning has a direct impact on his or her future success. The Early Childhood Learning Centre will identify priorities for research, identify best practices, and create networks to ensure that the most current knowledge about early childhood learning is shared across Canada. Our goal is to help identify measures that will enable every child to reach his or her full potential.”
Richard Tremblay, Director, Centre of Excellence for Early Childhood Development at the University of Montreal, says the consortium that will form the Early Childhood Learning Knowledge Centre represents all the key stakeholders, including childcare practitioners, educators, researchers, and community organizations. A complete list of the consortium members is available on CCL’s website at www.ccl-cca.ca.
Professor Tremblay says that the Early Childhood Learning Knowledge Centre will be an extremely important tool for helping professionals who provide services to parents from pregnancy to school entry.
The Early Childhood Learning Knowledge Centre is one of five knowledge centres being created by CCL. Each centre will contribute to better outcomes in various stages of learning, from early childhood to the workplace and beyond. The other centres are: Adult Learning (Atlantic Canada), Aboriginal Learning (Prairie provinces, Northwest Territories, and Nunavut), Health and Learning (British Columbia and Yukon) and Work and Learning (Ontario).
The Canadian Council on Learning is an independent, not-for-profit corporation funded through an agreement with Human Resources and Skills Development Canada with a mandate to promote and support evidence-based decision making throughout all stages of learning, from early childhood through to the workplace and beyond.
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