More than the sum of the parts: An early childhood development system for Canada

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Jane Beach and Jane Bertrand
14 Oct 2000
Occasional paper 12


At the end of the twentieth century, early childhood education, child care and family support services are unevenly scattered across the Canadian early childhood landscape. Does this makes sense? Could there be one integrated approach to children's programs within a coherent policy framework? Should there be? This paper takes the position that a blended, coherent system of early child development programs incorporating child care, early childhood education and family support services should be available in every community. It examines the current array of policies and programs and considers options for developing the proposed system of early child development programs.



1 The roots of early child development programs in Canada
2 The early child development fragments
3 Policy incoherence
4 An agenda for an early child development system in Canada

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