Research and Policy
The Early Learning Framework is a guide to support early childhood programs in Ontario. With six distinct principles, the Early Learning Framework provides a shared language and understanding of child development. The goal is to support you, early childhood educators and other early learning practitioners, as you work in early childhood settings.
'The College of Early Childhood Educators regulates and governs Ontario’s early childhood educators in the public interest. The College is not an educational institution or a professional association that advocates for early childhood educators. It is an organization that helps to serve and protect children and families by setting registration requirements and ethical and professional standards for registered early childhood educators (RECEs), and governing member conduct through a complaints and discipline process.'
Early Years Engage is a change initiative, shifting the ELCC sector from the Raising The Bar model of quality towards a culture of continuous quality improvement.
Early Years Engage supports programs to participate in a continuous process of reviewing practices, developing short and long-term plans for growth, operationalizing work plans and evaluating progress against “Our Vision for Quality in Waterloo Region”
The Atkinson Centrefor Society and Child Deveopment promotes research on child development, and the development of early learning policy and practice that serve young children and their families.
The Childcare Resource and Research Unit is an early childhood education and child care (ECEC) policy research institute with a mandate to further ECEC policy and programs in Canada.
The Moving Child Care Forward Project, is designed to broaden and deepen debate and understanding of early childhood education and child care (ECEC) policy issues.
Think, Feel, Act: Lessons from research about young children was created to support educators working in early years settings in their continuous professional learning. The Ministry of Education worked with leading experts in the early childhood field to develop thought-provoking resources available at this website.