There is a lot happening in the field of Early Childhood Development. Territorial and provincial governments across Canada are developing and reviewing programs to make sure they work best for parents, caregivers and, most importantly, achieve the best possible results for the children they’re designed to serve.
As part of this work, the Government of the Northwest Territories’ Departments of Education, Culture and Employment and Health and Social Services have produced a research paper titled “Success in Early Childhood: How do we get there?”
The paper summarizes some of the most recent research and findings about the developmental factors in children from birth to school age.
In June 2013, the Departments of Education, Culture and Employment (ECE) and Health and Social Services (HSS) released the 10 year Right from the Start Early Childhood Development Framework. This Framework outlines the GNWT’s vision for the future success of our most important resource, our children and ensuring they have the necessary supports in life that will allow them to develop to their full potential.
ECD Action Plan
In February 2014, the GNWT released the Right from the Start Early Childhood Development Framework and Action Plan. This Action Plan outlines 22 areas for action that provide direction for the Departments of ECE and HSS to work together in fulfilling the GNWT’s commitments to children, families and communities in the NWT.
To gather input to help shape the new draft ECD Framework, a special Engagement Session and Elders Sharing Circle was held in January 2013. At the sessions, a number of experts in the ECD field gave presentations. At the Sharing Circle, Elders from every region of the NWT shared stories and knowledge. The ECD expert presentations can be found here.