Monday, May 10, 2010

Keeping Up With the Times

Keeping up with current research in early literacy can be challenging when you don't know where to look. Lately, early learning has been buzzing across Ontario with new documents popping up frequently. Not all are specific to early literacy, but here are some of the documents I am referring to with a brief explanation about what each of them are.

Early Learning for Every Child Today (2007)
This document was created to support curriculum and pedagogy in Ontario's early childhood settings, including child care centres, kindergarten classrooms, home child care, nursery schools, Ontario Early Years Centres and other family support programs, and early intervention services. It complements specific curricular and pedagogical approaches, early identification protocols and regulated reguirements now in place in Ontario early childhood settings. It features a continuum of developmental skills from birth to eight years old.

National Strategy for Early Literacy - The Role of Parents, Families and Caregivers in Young Children's Literacy Development: A Review of Programs and Research (2008)
This document reviews the current state of knowledge about the role of early learning and child care programs on early childhood literacy development. Using the information gathered, it recommends directions for future Canadian research to expand this base of knowledge.

National Strategy for Early Literacy - Report and Recommendations (2009)
This report defines and and identifies ways of measuring literacy. Then, it discusses the importance of early language and literacy environments, as well as the extent and impacts of low literacy in Canada. Systemic and individual barriers to sucessful literacy outcomes for Canada's children and youth are explored. The report concludes with suggestions for interventions on how to improve literacy across several settings.

With Our Best Future in Mind: Implemeting Early Learning in Ontario
This document is a plan of action regarding the implementation of Ontario's early learning vision.

Every Child, Every Opportunity: Curriculum and Pedagogy for the Early Learning Program (A Compendium report to 'With Our Best Future in Mind: Implementing Early Learning in Ontario'.
This document articulates a proposal for the curriculum and pedagogy for the Early Learning Program for four- and five-year-old children.

The Full-Day Early Learning-Kindergarten Program (draft version) (2010)
The Full-Day Early Learning-Kindergarten Program (Draft version) contains the learning expectations portion of the draft program document. This version will be updated with the introductory portion of the draft document shortly. The introductory portion will provide a broader context for the document, greater descriptions of play-based learning and the roles of the teacher-early childhood educator team. The complete draft document will be implemented in year one early learning sites beginning in September 2010.

The Kindergarten Program (revised) (2006)
Current Ontario Kindergarten Program

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