The 2014 Early Childhood Education Report, developed by researchers at the Atkinson Centre at the University of Toronto, has been released during a press conference today. This is the second report since 2011 documenting how the provinces and territories are supporting early education and care. In 2011, only three provinces received a passing grade on the report. Since then, considerable progress has been made, but gaps remain.
To quote our Executive Director, Marcel Lauzière, “The Lawson Foundation is proud to support the work that has led to the release of the Early Education Report 2014. Quality early childhood education is good for children, for families, for the economy and for society, and it is good for Canada. But we need to lift our collective game to support early learning. Effective monitoring of how we are building systems to support children and families is critical to let us know how we are doing and where we need to go. This is what the ECE report is all about.”