Early Years Study 4
Thriving Kids, Thriving Society
The evidence is crystal clear. When we invest in our children, we all benefit. When Canadian children thrive, Canada thrives. Since 1999, the Honourable Margaret Norrie McCain and the Margaret and Wallace McCain Family Foundation have been gathering the research and developing a bold vision for supporting our youngest citizens and their families. In this series of conversations, we speak with the researchers, educators and economists who have contributed their unique and important perspectives to Early Years Study 4. Each conversation is interesting and compelling on its own but, when combined, the call to action is loud and clear: high quality, early childhood education for ALL."


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Dr. Angela James is Director of Indigenous Languages and Education, Ministry of Education in the Northwest Territories. Dr. James’ chapter in Early Years Study 4 “Becoming A Capable Child” offers a unique and poignant perspective on the way we see,…

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Kerry McCuaig is Fellow in Early Childhood Policy at the Atkinson Centre, OISE/UT. In this episode Kerry, along with Mrs. Margaret McCain discuss Chapter 6 of Early Years Study 4: “The Next Step: Canada Can Do Better”

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Dr. Charles Pascal is Professor in the Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development at OISE/UT in Toronto. In addition to a life as a scholar, Dr. Pascal has served several Ontario governments as Deputy Minister of Education and policy…

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Emis Akbari is a Professor at George Brown College in the School of Early Childhood, She is also an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development at OISE at the University of Toronto.

Dr. Akbari brings her…

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Kerry McCuaig is a Fellow in Early Childhood Policy, Atkinson Centre, OISE/UT. Dr. David Philpott is a Professor in the Faculty of Education at Memorial University in Newfoundland.

In this conversation, we talk about Chapter 3 in Early Years Study…

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Janette Pelletier, Ph. D., is Professor of Applied Psychology and Human Development at the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study. Janette’s research interests are in the area of early child development and education.

Angela Pyle is an Associate…

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What has recent work in Neuroscience revealed about the brains of very young children, and how best to support them in their healthy development?

Dr. Magdalena Janus is the a Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences at McMaster…

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The Honourable Mrs. Margaret McCain is a Canadian philanthropist, the 27th, and first woman serving as, Lieutenant Governor of New Brunswick. She is, perhaps, best known for her work in the promotion of early childhood education.

The first report of…

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Stephen Hurley
Chief Catalyst, voicEd Radio Canada

Stephen Hurley has spent nearly 40 years as an educator. He has experience as a classroom teacher, a curriculum consultant, a teacher educator and a policy observer.

He has a strong relationship with the EdCan Network (formerly the Canadian Education Association), an organization that inspired the launch and evolution of voicEd Radio Canada.

Hurley believes that stronger connections between education research, practice and policy are essential to the type of change that will be necessary in Canada's public education systems moving forward.