Council for Early Child Development Appoints New President

    TORONTO, Dec. 5 /CNW/ - The Council for Early Child Development has
elected Dr. Clyde Hertzman as its new President. Dr. Hertzman replaces Dr.
Stuart Shanker, who held the position for eighteen months, and will stay on
the Board of Directors. Dr. Hertzman's term begins January 1, 2008 and extends
to December 31, 2010. Dr. Hertzman is a Professor at the University of British
Columbia where he will continue to serve as the Director of the Human Early
Learning Partnership (HELP), a multi-university network based in the College
for Interdisciplinary Studies at UBC.
    Dr. Clyde Hertzman joins the Council with many years of international
experience. He is particularly well recognized in the global community for his
work in population-based measurement and the development of the worldwide
standard known as the Early Development Instrument (EDI).
    "I am honoured to join the Council's leadership team," said Dr. Hertzman
of his appointment. "I look forward to working closely with members of the
early child development community across the country to improve early
childhood research, develop quality programs and ensure greater accessibility.
We will continue building partnerships in our communities to develop
integrated hubs of schools, community programs, resources and supports that
enhance early brain development."
    Dr. Hertzman holds the Canada Research Chair in Population Health and
Human Development. As a result of his leadership, the province of BC has
become the first jurisdiction in the world to have an established standardized
tool for assessing early child development over time. Dr. Hertzman has also
taken a leading international role in developing globally relevant monitoring
systems for early child development and child rights, and serves as the
Director of Knowledge Hub on Early Child Development with the WHO's
International Commission on the Social Determinants of Health.
    Dr. Fraser Mustard, Founder and Chair Emeritus, welcomes Dr. Hertzman to
his new position. In fact, Dr. Hertzman was a former student of Dr. Mustard's
at McMaster University. "We're extremely fortunate to have Dr. Hertzman join
our team. His commitment and experience will be a huge benefit to the Council
and our work going forward. Clyde Hertzman is the best integrator of
bio-science knowledge with the study of the life trajectories from a
population perspective."
    Upcoming priorities for Dr. Hertzman and the Council include:

      -  The Fellows Program - continue to bring supporters from across the
         country together at a community level to expand access to high
         quality integrated services for young children and their families;
      -  Community-based Measurement - create comparable, population-based
         analyses and use the EDI measurement as a national standard;
      -  The Science of Early Child Development (ECD) - use Canadian
         researchers more effectively and extend ECD's findings to more
      -  International Initiatives - provide Canadian leadership to
         strengthen opportunities for early child development globally, in
         fulfillment of the rights in early childhood provisions of the UN
         Convention on the Rights of the Child.

    Dr. Hertzman has been involved with many scholarly committees and
consultancies. He serves as a Fellow, Experienced-based Brain and Biological
Development Programme of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIfAR),
Advisory Board Member, Institute of Population and Public Health, Canadian
Institute for Health Research; Governing Council Member and Team Leader,
Measurement and Monitoring, Centre of Excellence in Early Child Development;
Member, BC Provincial Child Care Council; and Advisor, BC Minister of State
for Child Care. He holds an honorary appointment at the Institute for Child
Health, University College, London.
    More information, including Dr. Hertzman's complete biography and photo,
can be found at

    Founded by Dr. Fraser Mustard in 2004, the Council for Early Child
Development is a not-for-profit, non-governmental association of community and
scientific networks with a focus on early child development science and
community action. Its vision and mission are based on the recommendations of
the Early Years Study (McCain & Mustard, 1999). The Early Years Study 2:
Putting Science into Action, uses new empirical findings to broaden and deepen
the conclusions put forward in the original EYS, and new technologies to more
closely examine the processes involved in healthy brain development. The Board
of Directors draws from business, education, health, academia, early child
development communities, and private citizens. The Council's operation is
supported by foundation and private sector contributions.

For further information:

For further information: John Doherty, Council for Early Child
Development, (416) 849-1332

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