New Partnership to Create and Distribute Language and Literacy Resource

A new national partnership between the Canadian Child Care Federation and the Canadian Language and Literacy Research Network will see the development and distribution of a language and literacy resource kit to 15,000 Canadian early learning and child care practitioners by August 2007. The Honourable Ken Dryden, Minister of Social Development Canada, made
the announcement today at the Better Beginnings, Better Futures Community Centre in Ottawa in honour of National Child Day.
“We are pleased to be working together with the Canadian Language and Literacy Research Network on this important project. This resource kit will give early learning and child care practitioners the evidence-based tools they need to help children get the best possible start in their language and literacy development – a contribution that will last a lifetime in terms of
children’s success in school and in the workforce,” said Barbara Coyle, Canadian Child Care Federation’s executive director.
The partnership will leverage nearly $500,000 in shared funding through the development and dissemination of the resource kit. The resource kit, designed for early learning and child care practitioners, will contain a research-based background paper, resource list, poster, presentation materials, resource sheets based on five research theme areas, and a web-based public education component, which will be accessed online via the Internet.
“Those who work with young children on a daily basis can have a significant impact on learning, so they need evidence about what works and why,” said Dr. Don Jamieson, scientific director and CEO of the Canadian Language and Literacy Research Network. “By organizing the evidence to make it easy to access, understand and update, this resource kit can make a big
contribution to improving the early language and literacy skills of Canadian children.”
The partnership was announced in celebration of National Child Day, a day proclaimed by the Government of Canada to commemorate two historic events for children – the adoption of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of the Children in 1959, and the UN adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1989.