Hon. Paul Martin opens child development conference

    SACKVILLE, NB, May 7 /CNW/ - Early childhood development remains a
passion for the Honourable Paul Martin four years after he announced Canada's
first early learning and child care plan.
    The former Prime Minister headlines a bevy of speakers from Sweden,
Australia, the United States and Latin America, plus renowned Canadian
authorities from coast to coast at Putting Science into Action, hosted by the
Council for Early Child Development (CECD), May 13-15 at Mount Allison
University. The conference brings policymakers and sector leaders together
with scientists from a number of disciplines to connect the science of early
child development with what governments can and should be doing.
    Mr. Martin's promising plan was aborted by a change of government,
leaving early childhood programming highly underdeveloped in Canada. The
economic crisis however is compelling analysts to reexamine how "people
capacity" needs to replace some of the more conventional economic drivers.
"Investing in early childhood development is a strategically smart short-term
stimulus that keeps on producing for a healthier, more resilient and creative
population," says CECD president Dr. Clyde Hertzman.
    Among those joining Martin and Hertzman are economist Dan Trefler, Rotman
School of Management; University of Calgary neuroscientist, Bryan Kolb; health
expert, Senator Wilbert Keon; former banking executive, Charles Coffey; Sven
Bremberg, director of the Swedish Institute of Public Health; Rutgers
researcher Steven Barnett; former Australian education director, Sherry
Thompson; medical health officer, Robin Williams; Senator Marilyn Trenholme
Counsell; New Brunswick Social Development Minister, Mary Schryer, Ontario
children's minister, Deb Matthews; the Hon. Margaret Norrie McCain and Carol
Crill Russell of Invest in Kids.

    All panels and conference sessions are open to the media.

    The complete conference program is available at:

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For further information: and to arrange interviews: Kerry McCuaig, (647)
295-2808, kmccuaig@rogers.com

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