Ontario College of Early Childhood Educators Welcomes Pascal's Report



    TORONTO, June 15 /CNW/ - The College of Early Childhood Educators
welcomes the recommendations of Dr. Charles Pascal's report, With our Best
Future in Mind, Implementing Early Learning in Ontario, which was released
today.
    "Today is a good day for children in Ontario," said Lois Mahon, President
of the Council of the College of Early Childhood Educators. "Dr. Pascal's
report recognizes the value that early childhood education, through play-based
curriculum has in the development of children. We look forward to further
dialogue with government, our members, parents and the sector in order to
enhance early childhood education throughout Ontario".
    Early childhood educators have a unique skill set that includes assessing
children's developmental needs and stages in all developmental domains;
designing curriculum to address children's identified needs, stages of
development and interests; planning programs and environments for play and
activities that help children make developmental progress; and maintaining
healthy emotional and social learning contexts for children.
    The report recommends that a team of both early childhood educators and
teachers would work best for the Early Learning Program. Examples of these
educator teams already exist in the province. As a result of the combined
strengths of both of these professions, children are the ones who benefit.
    "The College of Early Childhood Educators (the College) ensures that only
qualified and competent individuals are registered as members," said Dainora
Juozapavicius, Registrar for the College of Early Childhood Educators. We look
forward to working together with our members and the government in moving
ahead with a comprehensive learning model that recognizes the valued role that
our members play in early childhood education as qualified, regulated
professionals".

    The legislation to create the College of Early Childhood Educators was
passed in 2007 by the Government of Ontario. Early childhood educators work in
a variety of settings including, but not limited to: infant, toddler and
preschool (including child care and nursery school) programs.





For further information:

For further information: Tricia Edgar, College of Early Childhood
Educators, (416) 961-8558 ext. 243

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