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Early childhood education and care for Aboriginal children in Canada

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Policy brief
Preston, Jane
Publication Date: 
3 Nov 2014


This policy brief is drawn from the article "Aboriginal early childhood education in Canada: Issues of Context" (Preston, Cottrell, Pelletier, Pearce, 2012). The brief explicates contextual factors that are important to quality Aboriginal early childhood education: priveleging Aboriginal pedagogy; promoting Indeigenous languages and culturel; adequate staffing by qualified Aboriginal educators; empowerment of Aboriginal parents and communities; and in the case of kindergarten services, a full-day timetable. The author argues that strong collaborative efforts are needed by multi-level leaders to ensure that quality Aboriginal early childhood education is actualized throughout Canada.