Media Advisory - Early Years Study 2: Putting Science into Action



    TORONTO, March 26 /CNW/ -

    
    What:  Today, a book launch announcing the follow-up to the 1999
           Mustard/McCain Early Years Study groundbreaking report that
           recommended an integrated system of community-based early child
           development and parenting centres linked to the school system.
           This new report focuses on the scientific evidence supporting the
           importance of early learning and care as it relates to childhood
           development.

           Highlights of Early Years Study 2: Putting Science into Action
           include:
           -  The growing ability to identify early signs of developmental
              compromises and challenges (i.e., in the first two years of
              life) and institute intervention strategies that are becoming
              increasingly effective at mitigating serious developmental,
              psychological and behavioural disorders;
           -  The critical role of emotions and emotional processes in the
              healthy development of the brain;
           -  The effect of stress in the early years of life on the
              development of the brain and the long-term effects on physical
              and mental health;
           -  The effects of experience on the expression of genes;
           -  Examples of effective programs that make a difference to
              Canadian children and families and it is time to open up these
              programs to all children.

           The book launch also kicks off the "Spring Forward! Early Years
           National Conference" presented by Success By 6 Peel and the
           Council for Early Child Development. The conference takes place
           March 26, 27 and 28, 2007 at the DoubleTree International Plaza
           Hotel.

    When:  Monday March 26, 2007
           11:15 a.m.

    Where: University of Toronto Child Care Centre on Charles (George Brown
           College Lab School)
           1st Floor
           35 Charles Street West (Bay and Bloor)

    Speakers:    J. Fraser Mustard, Founder and Chair Emeritus
                 Council for Early Child Development
                 Dr. Stuart Shanker, President,
                 Council for Early Child Development
                 Dr. Robin C. Williams, Vice-Chair, Council for Early Child
                 Development, Medical Officer of Health Public Health
                 Department,
                 The Regional Municipality of Niagara
                 Charles Coffey, Chair, Council for Early Child Development
    

    The Council for Early Child Development was founded in 2004. It envisions
community-based early child development and parenting centres linked to the
school system and available to all families and young children.




For further information:

For further information: and to RSVP: Jennifer McIntyre,
jmconsults@sympatico.ca, (416) 627-9891

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