Understanding the Early Years
Understanding the Early Years ( UEY ) is a national research project funded by Human Resources and Skills Development Canada. UEY is designed to provide the community with information about factors which affect early childhood development so that we can work together to give our children the best possible start in life.
The community brief highlights some of the information UEY has collected about our region using the 2006 Canadian Census, Early Development Instrument (EDI) results, and the UEY Community Inventory of Programs and Services.
Setting the foundation for success
The UEY initiative involves teachers, parents, guardians, community agencies, and the Government of Canada. It looks at the whole picture – how families, schools, child care facilities, neighbourhoods, and children’s programs and services influence early childhood development.
The research will provide information to help strengthen the capacity of communities to make informed decisions about the best policies and most appropriate programs to offer families with young children.
A child’s development during the first six years set the foundation for success in school and future well-being. The kind of nurturing and stimulation that children receive in the early years can have a major impact on the rest of their lives. Development during these years affects academic learning, behaviour, and physical and emotional health throughout adulthood.
Evidence also suggests that neighbourhoods and communities where children grow and learn directly influence their development. They affect parents’ ability to provide the best possible family environment and the ability of schools to offer the best possible education.
Research in neuroscience and early childhood development stress the importance of investing in the early years.
UEY Selkirk-Interlake is one of the fifteen sites selected across Canada in 2007 to participate in the research.
The Understanding the Early Years initiative is funded by Human Resources and Skills Development Canada. For further information, visit www.hrsdc.gc.ca
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