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An Early Childhood Symposium hosted by Family Day Care Services Centre for Child Care Excellence


Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites, 7095 Woodbine Avenue

Tuesday, September 25, 2001

8:30-9:15 am - Registration

9:15-9:30 am - Welcome: Maria de Wit, Executive Director,
Family Day Care Services

9:30-10:15 am - Keynote Address by Frances Lankin, President & CEO for United Way of Greater Toronto
As a Member of Provincial Parliament since 1990, Frances Lankin has been an advocate for children, youth, the disabled, seniors and women - United Way's very priority areas.

10:15-10:30 am - Break

10:30-Noon - "Starting Strong: Early Childhood Education and Care" - a presentation on the OECD thematic review of early childhood education and care in 12 countries, outlining the contextual issues shaping ECEC policy, the main trends, developments and issues and the lessons learned.
Michelle Neuman, author of "Starting Strong" and Graduate Fellow at the Center for Children & Families at Teachers College, Columbia University, New York City

Noon-1:00 pm - Lunch

1:00-2:15 pm - A presentation on "Beyond Quality in Early Childhood Settings"
Co-authors: Peter Moss, University of London, England; Gunilla Dahlberg, Stockholm Institute of Education, Sweden; Alan Pence, University of Victoria, Canada

2:15-3:45 pm - Concurrent Sessions #1:

1.1 A discussion on the key elements ("Starting Strong") highlighting innovative approaches and policy options that can be adapted to various countries.
Michelle Neuman

1.2 A critique on the concept and prominence of quality
Peter Moss

1.3 The Stockholm project, the Reggio Emilia model
Gunilla Dahlberg

1.4 ECD leadership and capacity building in early childhood settings
Alan Pence

3:45 pm - Lessons from the OECD - what could this mean for Canada?
John Godfrey, MP for Don Valley West, Toronto

Wednesday, September 26, 2001

9:00-9:45 am - The best policy mix for children is "no small matter"
Rianne Mahon, School of Public Administration and the Dept. of Sociology & Anthropology at Carleton University, Ottawa

9:45-10:30 am - A round table discussion by Canadian delegates to the Stockholm conference (June 2001) on "Starting Strong" led by Martha Friendly, Coordinator of the Childcare Resource & Research Unit, Centre for Urban & Community Studies, University of Toronto, Canada

10:30-10:45 am - Break

10:45 am -12:15 pm - Concurrent Sessions #2:

2.1 Building a Canadian framework - learning from the Europeans
led by Martha Friendly and other delegates

2.2 Caring and Learning Environments: supporting quality for children
Donna Lero, Dept. of Family Relations & Applied Nutrition and Co-Director, Centre for Families, Work and Well-Being, University of Guelph, Canada

2.3 Integrating Children's Services: the relationship to quality
Irene Kyle, Research Associate, Centre for Social Work, Research and Development, University of Calgary, Canada

2.4 Where could we go from here? Next steps in the European context Peter Moss

12:15-1:30 pm - Lunch

1:30-2:15 pm - A Vision for Early Childhood Education
William Hogarth,York Region District School Board
Elizabeth Wagle,Regional Municipality of York

2:15-3:15 pm - A round table discussion: lessons learned for moving ahead in early childhood education and care - next steps for Canada
Peter Moss,Gunilla Dahlberg, Irene Kyle, Donna Lero

3:15-4:00 pm Closing remarks by Nancy Matthews, Board Member, Family Day Care Services

Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites
7095 Woodbine Avenue
Markham, ON L3R 1A3
Reservations: 1-800-387-3303
Phone: 905-474-0444
Fax: 905-474-1877
Delegates are responsible for their own hotel reservations.Rooms are available at a special symposium rate until Sept. 1.
$139. single/double ($15. For each of 3rd and 4th persons)

For more information call:
416-922-3434 or 1-800-263-9703.

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