Understanding the Early Years


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Learning togetherPrinciples of UEY
· The early years are important for children’s development and well-being
· A child’s family and community are key influences on the child’s development and overall well-being
· Research and knowledge are critical for informed policies and programs that enhance early childhood development
· Effective communities mobilize their citizens and resources to find creative, comprehensive ways to address challenges facing their residents

Learning Readiness
One of the goals of the UEY initiative is to find out how ready children are for learning when they start Kindergarten.  What UEY research tells us can help schools~establish programs and services to~bolster~student readiness.  It can also support parents and teachers as they work together for the child's benefit.  Lastly, UEY can help identify opportunities for creating resources in our communities that will help ensure that tomorrow's children are ready for life-long learning success.

For examples of how schools and community groups in other Canadian cities have used UEY results, click here

Parents Play a Key Role in UEY Success
Using the Early Development Instrument (EDI), Kindergarten teachers assess~the learning readiness of all Kindergarten students in our classrooms.  The information gathered will be invaluable to our community as UEY moves forward.

During the 2008-09 school year, parents of Kindergarten students will be contacted for a telephone interview. This brief, yet important, survey will ask about family and community factors influencing their efforts to raise young children in our community. This is an opportunity for parents to contribute to the growing picture of what our neighbourhoods have (and don't have) to help their children succeed.

Thank-you for your participation
If you are a parent who will be taking part in this interview, we would like to thank you in advance for your participation. The information you provide will add to the richness of our information. You are valuable to the research we are doing.

How are Children Assessed?
With parent permission, Kindergarten students will be assessed at school for their understanding in pre-reading and math.  We thank you for agreeing to have your child take part in UEY.

Three direct assessment activities with Kindergarten students are:

· Picture Vocabulary - looks at receptive or hearing vocabulary: words children use for things that they see.
· Who am I? – looks at copying and printing skills related to early literacy and the understanding of shapes.
· Number Knowledge Test – the understanding of numbers, counting, number sequence, simple arithmetic.

Parent and Child Privacy
UEY Selkirk-Interlake child assessments and parent surveys remain anonymous. No name is shared for information processing or revealed during reporting. The confidentiality of information provided by you and/or your child is our primary concern.

Assessment results for individual children are used for data processing only and are not shared with school boards, its teachers, or parents of the children taking part.  The school board will receive detailed reports that give information about groups of children, not individuals. These reports compare results between neighborhoods in our community and, on a larger scale, across Canada.

The Understanding the Early Years initiative is funded by Human Resources and Skills Development Canada.  For further information, visit www.hrsdc.gc.ca