Social Development

Early learning community advisers hired (10/03/10)

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March 10, 2010

FREDERICTON (CNB) - Eight community-based early learning advisers have been hired to support the implementation of the new Early Learning and Child Care curriculum and the Curriculum éducatif pour la petite enfance. Social Development Minister Kelly Lamrock made the announcement today.

The English and French curricula focus on maximizing children's learning through their earliest experiences, whether through play, their environments, or their relationships. The curricula value and support the provision of child care as well as the education of the youngest children. Furthermore, the curricula value and support the individual learning abilities and unique cultural and linguistic identities of all children.

The advisers will use a range of collaborative, responsive and consultative approaches to support:

The positions are distributed throughout the province based on the number of regulated child-care services and their language of service. This represents an investment of more than $600,000 annually by the province.

The provincial government collaborated with Early Childhood Care and Education New Brunswick in the hiring, supervision, orientation and training of the early learning community advisers. This partnership is the cornerstone in sustaining continued training on the curricula and ensuring high-quality programming within regulated child-care facilities.

"Early learning opportunities are as important as K-12 learning," said Lamrock. "Our government recognizes this, and that is why the action plan, Be Ready for Success: A 10 year early childhood strategy for New Brunswick, includes more affordable spaces in early learning facilities with a strong curriculum and educators trained and treated as professionals."

Involving and establishing relationships with community partners, parents and stakeholders are also fundamental parts of the advisers' roles.

"The work undertaken by the early learning community advisers is one step toward attaining our long-term vision of having the best network of integrated, high-quality early childhood programs and supports in the country," said Lamrock.

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MEDIA CONTACT: Nichole Bowman, communications, Department of Social Development, 506-457-7857.

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