Centres of Excellence for Early Years and Child Care

In June 2017, Canada and Ontario signed the Early Learning and Child Care (ELCC) Agreement, as part of The National Early Learning and Child Care Multilateral Framework. Under the agreement, $3 million per year is available to establish Centres of Excellence for Early Years and Child Care. Centres of Excellence support professional learning across the early years sector. These centres take into account the diverse needs of the province, such as culture, language and geography through the development of specialized networks.

In March 2018, the Ministry announced the following leads, working in collaboration with multiple partners from across the province, for each Centre of Excellence:

  • Provincial Centre of Excellence – Western University and Ontario Reggio Association
  • Indigenous Centre of Excellence – Ontario Aboriginal Head Start Association and Kenjgewin Teg Education Institute; and
  • Francophone Centre of Excellence – Collège Boréal and Association francophone à l’éducation des services à l’enfance de l’Ontario.

Centres of Excellence are being established to:

  • Support alignment with How Does Learning Happen? Ontario’s Pedagogy for the Early Years and promote cohesion in pedagogical approaches and practices across early year programs;
  • Build the pedagogical leadership capacity of program staff in the early years sector through innovative models and strategies that are grounded in current research and result in positive, inclusive and culturally relevant early years experiences for all children and their families; and
  • Create linkages to and/or develop professional learning resources that are responsive to the needs of the sector and accessible online through a Centre of Excellence portal.

The Ministry is working closely with the lead organizations to facilitate the establishment of each Centre of Excellence. Please check back for regular updates.