The Muttart Foundation releases new report – Children and Families in the New Saskatchewan: A Discussion of Early Learning and Child Care

In late 2013, The Muttart Foundation and the Saskatchewan Population Health and Evaluation Research Unit will host two facilitated discussions on the organization, funding and delivery of early learning and child care for children 0 to 6 years of age in Saskatchewan. The Muttart Foundation, with the assistance of the Childcare Resource and Research Unit, has prepared a background report to help support this discussion: ‘Children and Families in the New Saskatchewan: A Discussion of Early Learning and Child Care’. The report provides an overview of the current state of early learning and child care in the province. It also looks to the future and considers how the recent social and economic changes in the province might best align with policy and practice research to help shape early learning and child care for our youngest citizens and their families. It is The Muttart Foundation’s hope that the discussions, and the supporting background report, help to raise the profile of early learning and child care in the province, and spur future additional thinking and work on how best to advance the field in the best interests of children and their families.

Children and Families in the New Saskatchewan

In November 2012, the Muttart Foundation, Success By 6 and Calgary UpStart hosted a series of 7 regional consultations to consider the design of a new provincial framework for early learning and care. The results of these consultations, presented in a series of forum reports, showed strong stakeholder support for the closer integration of services, over time, through the guidance of a new provincial framework for early learning and care. The following report presents a draft framework design which draws on the consultation findings and the emerging body of research on how best to approach the funding and delivery of early learning and care. This draft design provides a starting point for further discussions and key initiatives in the move to more closely integrate early learning and care in Alberta.

A Draft Framework Design for Discussion

In November 2012, the Muttart Foundation, Success By 6 and Calgary UpStart hosted a series of 7 regional consultations to consider the design of a new provincial framework for early learning and care. The consultations explored how Alberta could more closely integrate its supports and services for children below the mandatory school and what the main elements of a possible framework would need to consider and include. The following report summarizes the stakeholder discussions from these 7 regional meetings.

What We Heard Report

In November 2012, The Muttart Foundation, Success By 6 and Calgary UpStart hosted consultations in 7 Alberta cities to consider the design of a new provincial framework for early learning and care. The consultations explored how Alberta might, over time, more closely integrate early learning and care and how a potential framework could be structured to guide and support this process of integration.These 7 reports present the participant comments from each consultation.

Edmonton Participant Discussions Calgary Participant Discussions Fort McMurray Participant Discussions Grande Prairie Participant Discussions Lethbridge Participant Discussions Medicine Hat Participant Discussions Red Deer Participant Discussions

The Muttart Foundation, Success By 6 and Calgary Upstart commissioned a series of discussion papers to generate stakeholder discussion on the key features and characteristics of a possible provincial framework for early learning and care in Alberta. These three papers will form the basis for seven provincial stakeholder forums (fall 2012) to be held in Edmonton, Red Deer, Grande Prairie, Calgary, Lethbridge, Fort McMurray and Medicine Hat.

Putting the Pieces Together Project Overview and Summary Integrating Child Care