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Toronto Catholic District School Board

Child Development and Learning 

 

The first six years of a child's life are essential to development and set the foundation for learning and well-being. Children are curious, competent and capable thinkers who learn best at their own pace when they are fully engaged through exploration, play and inquiry.

 

Please feel free to browse these useful links and resources:

 

The Encyclopedia of Child DevelopmentParent and child using a file folder game

A website devoted to promoting accessibility and knowledge transfer of the best knowledge on early childhood development.

 

The Looksee Checklist by ndds​

The Looksee Checklist is a simple, easy-to-use developmental tool designed to help monitor a child’s development from 1 month to 6 years of age, featuring a short list of “yes” or “no” questions about the child’s abilities. 


It is FREE for everyone in Ontario! 

 

Early Abilities (Speech & Language, Vision, Hearing) 

Early Abilities delivers services for children up to​ 6 years of age identified with speech/hearing delays as well as children diagnosed with low vision or blindness. The Communication Checklist is available at any one of our EarlyON Child and Family Centres and can be completed by a parent and/or with one of our facilitators. 

 

 

Ministry of Education​

The Ministry that administers the system of publicly funded elementary and secondary school education in Ontario.

 

How Does Learning Happen Ontario’s Pedagogy for the Early Years.pdfHow Does Learning Happen Ontario’s Pedagogy for the Early Years.pdf


 Early Learning for Every Child Today. A framework for Ontario early childhood settings.pdfEarly Learning for Every Child Today. A framework for Ontario early childhood settings.pdf

 

Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services 

The Ministry created to make it easier for families to find the services to give kids the best start in life, make it easier for families to access the services they need at all stages of a child's development, and help youth become productive adults.

 

 

Child holding large foam letter, while parent points

Early Literacy & Early Numeracy Resources

 

Family Literacy Tips from A to Z.pdfFamily Literacy Tips from A to Z.pdf

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