Education and Early Childhood Development

Early Learning and Child Development

Learning from the Start

Government is committed to enhancing early learning opportunities, supporting parental involvement and creating a smooth transition to school for all children and their families.

The importance of early childhood learning experiences in shaping children's development throughout their lives is well documented. Current research shows how children learn in the early years. This has lead to a better understanding of the importance of quality early learning opportunities in building a strong foundation for learning and development.

Current research indicates the following:

  • Children learn best in quality supportive play based environments.
  • Supporting parents and families in the early years is critical.
  • It is necessary to build on the interests, strengths, and needs of communities to support early childhood learning.
  • Evaluation is integral to public accountability.

Recognition of the importance of the early years has been evident at the international, national and provincial levels. Interest in supporting early childhood development and learning in a systematic way has been heightened with the recent findings of brain research and of longitudinal studies which show a significant return on investment in early learning. Investing in the early years is for the public good and has received support from various sectors, including education, health, business and justice.

For further information please contact:

Mary Goss-Prowse

Early Learning Childhood Development Division
Department of Education and Early Childhood Development
3rd Floor, West Block, Confederation Building
P.O. Box 8700
St. John's, NL A1B 4J6
Telephone: 1-709-729-4055
Fax: 1-709-729-1400
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