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Third Annual Summer Institute on Early Childhood Development: Designing community plans for early learning and care for every ch

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George Brown and OISE's Summer Institute on Early Childhood Development will feature workshops, panels and award presentation for Martha Friendly.<return><return>




Join us at the third annual Summer Institute on Early Childhood Development for a series of workshops, group discussions, and panel presentations.

Leaders in early childhood development will come together at the event to think about what we are learning from Toronto First Duty experiences and where we need to go next.

Toronto First Duty Project (TFD)

Goals: Toronto First Duty is an experiment designed to demonstrate integrated community-based early childhood program delivery and to transform public policy.

* What did we find out about programs, policies and practice from Toronto First Duty?

* How can we use Toronto First Duty experiences to build a community of research-practitioners?

* What do the findings and recommendations from Toronto First Duty tell us about the professional education and development of an early childhood workforce?

* What can we learn about community-level monitoring of children's growth and development from Toronto First Duty?

* What next for public policy?

Program outline

8:30 a.m. Registration and Coffee

9:00 a.m. Welcome Remarks
- Anne Sado, President, George Brown College.

9:15 a.m. Toronto First Duty Research Findings
- Dr. Carl Corter, Principal Investigator, Toronto First Duty Research, Atkinson Charitable Foundation Chair in Early Child Development and Education and Professor, Human Development and Applied Psychology/Institute of Child Study at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education/University of Toronto.

10:00 p.m. Questions from Media

10:30 p.m. Coffee Break

11:00 a.m. Panel Discussion
- Patricia Chorney Rubin, Moderator, Chair, Center for Early Childhood Development, George Brown College.
- Dr. Donna Lero, Co-Director of the Centre for Families, Work and Well-Being, and Associate Professor at the University of Guelph.
- Dr. Ray Peters, Research Director, Better Beginnings, Better Future and Professor Emeritus, Psycology, Queen's University.
- Fidelia Torres, Site Coordinator, York Early Years, Toronto First Duty.

12:00 p.m. Question and Answer Period

12:30 p.m. Lunch

1:30 p.m.
- Workshop A
Living and Learning in Communities: How Early Learning and Development
curriculum has grown to include the child's many communities.
Marie Goulet,
ECE Faculty, George Brown College

- Workshop B
How to Communicate about Integrated Early Childhood Programs.
Kerry McCuaig,
Better Child Care Education.

-Workshop C
A Holistic Model for Supporting Inclusion Quality; What We Know and What is Needed in areas of Training and Policy Development.
Dr. Donna Lero, Ph.D and Kathy Brophy, PH.D,
Department of Family Relations and
Applied Nutrition, University of Guelph.

- Workshop D
Perspectives on Quality in Early Learning and Child Care and the
Implications for the Workforce.
Jane Beach,
Social Policy Consultant.

- Workshop E
Exploring Social and Economic Factors on Early Childhood Educators:
An Introduction to Three Projects.
Dr. Rachel Langford,
ECE Faculty, George Brown College.
Zeenat Janmohammed,
ECE Faculty, George Brown College.

- Workshop F
Healthy Child Screening.
Joyce Allan,
Co-ordinator, Queen Victoria Partners for Early Learning, Toronto First Duty

3:30 p.m. Panel Discussion – Next Steps for Public Policy
Martha Friendly, Childcare Resource and Research Unit, University of Toronto.
Dr. Charles Pascal, Atkinson Charitable Foundation.

4:45 p.m. Closing Remarks – Looking Ahead to Next Year
Dr. Janet Astington, Chair Human Development and Applied Psychology Ontario Institute for Studies in Education/University of Toronto

5:00 p.m. Wine and Cheese Reception
George Brown College, Centre for Early Childhood Development – Award Presentation.
Recipient: Martha Friendly

Contact phone: 
416-415-5000 ext. 2359
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