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ERIC Number: ED505467
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Apr
Pages: 71
Abstractor: ERIC
ISBN: ISBN-0-662-31894-3
Early Childhood Development in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. Understanding the Early Years
Willms, J. Douglas
Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
"Understanding the Early Years" (UEY) is a national research initiative. It provides communities with information to enable them to make informed decisions about the best policies and most appropriate programs for families with young children. It seeks to provide information about the influence of community factors on children's early development and to improve the community's capacity to use the data in monitoring child development and creating effective community-based responses. This research report is one of five community research reports describing children's outcomes and explaining them in terms of three factors: family background, family processes, and community factors. Children's outcomes were assessed in three major categories: physical health and well-being, cognitive skills, and behavioural measures. This research report provides baseline information about kindergarten children in Prince Albert. The first aim of this report is to assess how children fare in learning and behavioural outcomes, and in physical health and well-being. It considers children's development outcomes shortly after they begin kindergarten. Where possible, the report provides provincial- and national-level information with which local conditions can be compared. The report's second aim is to discern how important certain family and community factors are in affecting children's development, as well as to provide some indication of what actions might further improve children's outcomes in this community. The report sets out ten indicators upon which this community can act over the next few years. If the policy sector can devise means to improve the processes associated with these empirically based indicators, it is likely that children's outcomes during the formative years will improve, as will their chances of leading healthy and fulfilling lives. This report highlights some of the key findings from the information that was collected from teachers, parents, and their children. It examines the overall development of children in kindergarten (through the Early Development Instrument) and provides a more detailed look at the outcomes of these children. It suggests some of the unique strengths from which Prince Albert can work, and some challenges to overcome in continuing to build a collective commitment to ensure the health, well-being, and positive development of its children. (Contains 17 figures, 6 tables, 8 maps, 6 insets, and 21 footnotes.) [This report was prepared with the help of Rick Audas, Shawn Dalton, and George Frempong.]
Human Resources and Skills Development Canada. Service Canada, Ottawa, ON K1A 0J9, Canada. Tel: 800-926-9105; Fax: 613-941-1827; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Kindergarten
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Human Resources Development Canada, Applied Research Branch
Identifiers - Location: Canada