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In December of 2008 the United
Nations' Children's Fund, Unicef, released a report card documenting how
well the richest 25 countries were doing in supporting early child
development. Canada tied with Ireland for last place. We were behind
such countries as the Republic of Korea, Slovenia, Portugal, Mexico, the
United States and of course, the all Nordic countries. Of 10 benchmarks
considered crucial for healthy child development, Canada reached only
one. When it comes to investing in the early years, Canada's showing is
dismal. We're one of the most affluent industrialized countries but our
governments invest only about 0.2 per cent of our GDP in services for
young children. That's well behind the benchmark of 1%. Jill
Eisen explores why it matters.
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McCain, Margaret and
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McCain, Margaret, Mustard, Fraser, Stuart Shanker.
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The Barker Theory. Dr. David Barker's web site about the links between foetal and early childhood growth and adult disease.
The Carolina ABECEDARIAN Project. A longitudinal
study of the impacts of quality early child education.
Best Start: Ontario's Maternal Newborn and Early Child Development Resource Centre supports service providers across the province of Ontario who are working on health promotion projects to improve the health of expectant parents and their young children. The Centre provides workshops and conferences, resources, consultations, and subject-specific information.
Childcare Resource and Research Unit. The Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU) focuses on research and policy resources in the context of a high quality system of early childhood education and child care in Canada.
The National Scientific Council on the Developing Child (NSCDC) is a multi-disciplinary collaboration comprising leading scholars in neuroscience, early childhood development, pediatrics, and economics.
ZERO TO THREE is a Washington-based nonprofit organization that informs, trains and supports professionals, policymakers and parents in their efforts to improve the lives of infants and toddlers.