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ERIC Number: ED505473
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Nov
Pages: 47
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-0-6623-5202-5
Early Childhood Development in the Montreal Study Area (Quebec). Understanding the Early Years
Human Resources 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 Canadian families with young children. This report is based on one of seven communities studied in 2001-2002. Children's outcomes were assessed in physical health and well-being, cognitive skills, and behavioural measures. The evaluation comprised measures for: (1) Family background (including information on parental income, level of education, and occupational status); (2) Family processes (such as positive parenting practices, engagement in learning activities, family functioning, and maternal mental health); and (3) Community factors (including social support and social capital, neighbourhood quality and safety, use of recreational, cultural, and educational resources, and residential stability.) Data for the report were derived from the National Longitudinal Survey of Children and Youth (NLSCY) Community Study, the Early Development Instrument (EDI), and NLSCY and EDI data collected from across the UEY communities. Montreal study area findings include: (1) Approximately 40 percent of families have low incomes, 34.5 percent are single-parent families, and 23.1 percent of mothers have not finished high school; (2) Children in the Montreal study area fare well in physical health and well-being, social competence, communication skills and general knowledge; (3) Areas for improvement include language and cognitive development, and emotional maturity; (4) High prevalence of hyperactivity; and (5) Lower than average scores across family processes and community factors. Map of the Montreal UEY site is appended. (Contains 19 footnotes, 15 figures and 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Human Resources Development Canada, Applied Research Branch
Identifiers - Location: Canada (Montreal)
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