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Alberta's Commission on Learning
government document
Publication Date: 
7 Oct 2003

* Excerpts from press release:

After months of extensive consultation and study, Alberta's Commission on Learning has shared its vision for the future of the province's education system.

"The Commission's vision for the future of education in Alberta is a compelling one," said Minister of Learning Dr. Lyle Oberg. "More importantly, it's a vision that is supported by practical recommendations that build on existing strengths. The Commission's work will help Alberta make the informed decisions and strategic investments that will make an excellent system even better."

* Excerpts from "Turning vision into reality - Ready to learn" chapter from report:

We've all heard about the importance of getting off to a good start, but for children, research consistently shows that nothing is more important for their futures than getting a healthy and positive start in life… Studies from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) show that policy makers in countries around the world increasingly recognize that "equitable access to quality early childhood education and care can strengthen the foundations of lifelong learning for all children and support the broad educational and social needs of families." The trend in all countries included in their study of early childhood education is toward at least two years of early childhood education provided before children begin school. They also suggest that good quality early childhood development programs should be part of an integrated approach to meeting the needs of children and should have strong links to the education system. All children should have access to quality programs, with particular attention to children in need of special support.

The key objective for the Commission is to ensure that all children come to school ready to learn."