Early Childhood Education Action Congress June 23 2016

OECD presentation

The 1st Early Childhood Education Action Congress was held in Paris, France, on June 6 and 7, 2016, hosted by OECD Paris. Science of Early Child Development was one of the Congress partner organizations and Janet Jamieson served on the steering committee.

The Congress goal was to build “support among key leaders in diverse countries to expand quality early education for all children, birth to 6”. The sessions considered: what the evidence says about the period of early human development, how to scale up successful programs, why it is important to encourage new advocates and champions from outside of early years fields, how to encourage partnerships to support broad–based initiatives, how to communicate complex information to a variety of audiences, and how to move the early childhood agenda forward.

Janet Jamieson of Red River College and Sheila Manji of the Aga Khan Foundation presented the Science of ECD in as part of a session on messaging. The Honourable Margaret McCain presented information on Canadian early childhood policy and practice. To see her presentation click here. Kerry McCuaig, a Fellow in Early Childhood Policy at the Atkinson Centre, OISE/University of Toronto, wrote a synopsis of the 1st Early Childhood Education Action Congress.  Click here to read the synopsis and learn about Congress key messages.

Unprecedented demand for the Introduction to SECD online courses April 05 2016

SECD course on computerThe demand has been extremely high for the winter series of the Introduction to SECD online course. Courses filled up very quickly, requiring us to add more cohorts.

Feedback from students continues to inspire us. It is clear that people who work with children and families benefit when they explore and reflect on ways to promote healthy development in the early years. Here’s a sample of comments from recent students:

“I absolutely LOVED this course! I learned so much and got a better understanding. It was great to be able to work at my own pace and I found that unlike other online schooling I've done in the past, I actually looked forward to using this site each and every week.” 

“The discussion assignments were very good, I gained knowledge from my discussion as I was writing it and also from the others in my group.” 

“(What I liked best was) how much I learned and how differently I look at my work and my job now. And I feel like I understand the children better.” 

Upcoming sessions:

April 14 – class full         

May 12 – limited space available 

Click here for registration information.

Red River College University of Toronto AKDN - Aga Khan Development Network