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

    TORONTO, March 21 /CNW/ -

    What:     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
              -  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

    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 (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
                 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, please contact: Jennifer McIntyre,, (416) 627-9891

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