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Resources to Support the Child Care and Kindergarten Program

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How Does Learning Happen? Ontario’s Pedagogy for the Early Years (2014)
This is a professional learning resource guide about learning through relationships for those working with young children and families.  It is intended to support pedagogy and program development in the early years and provides a starting point to think about the types of environments, experiences, and interactions that bring out the best in children, families and educators. 
 
Excerpts from ELECT (2014) 
Early Learning for Every Child Today: A framework for Ontario early childhood settings (2007), often referred to as ELECT or the Early Learning  Framework, is recognized as a foundational document in the early years sector.  This resource highlights key sections ELECT and is a companion to How Does Learning Happen? Ontario's Pedagogy for the Early Years.
 
Think, Feel, Act: Lessons from Research About Young Children (2013)
The Ministry of Education worked with leading experts in the field of early childhood education to develop a series of research briefs and accompanying video clips that highlight key research findings and practical tips for educators related to seven elements of early years program quality.  
Ontario Early Years Policy Framework (2013)
http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/childcare/OntarioEarlyYear.pdf                                                                           
This framework outlines a vision for the early years in Ontario to ensure children from 0-6 years of age have the best possible start in life. The framework is supported by a set of guiding principles and provides strategic direction to early years partners.   
 
A Meta-Perspective on the Evaluation of Full-Day Kindergarten during the First Two Years of
This is an integrative, evaluation report that highlights the impact of FDK and helps to identify effective practices to improve the delivery of the program. The Science behind Full-Day Kindergarten Infographic:
http://www.earlyyears.edu.gov.on.ca/prodconsum/groups/csc/@eyp/@admo/documents/eyp_w eb_contents/ucontrib009024.pdf
 
Play (up) Date
http://www.earlyyears.edu.gov.on.ca/prodconsum/groups/csc/@eyp/@admo/documents/eyp_w eb_contents/prdr011997.pdf
These newsletters from the Early Learning Division of the Ministry of Education provide child care partners with information on program quality, updates, resources and other news.
 
 
Learning for All (2013)  http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/general/elemsec/speced/LearningforAll2013.pdf                             Learning for All, K – 12 (2013) is a resource guide designed to share information with educators about evidence-based and research-informed educational approaches including assessment for learning, universal design for learning, differentiated Instruction, and the tiered approach. 
 
Modernizing Child Care in Ontario: Sharing Conversations, Strengthening Partnerships, Working
Modernizing Child Care In Ontario: Sharing Conversations, Strengthening Partnerships, Working Together is the discussion paper was developed to encourage feedback from families and partners to help inform and guide next steps towards modernization of child care in Ontario.
  
The Full-Day Early Learning-Kindergarten Program, Draft (2010) http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/curriculum/elementary/kindergarten_english_june3.pdf                      This document provides program direction for full-day kindergarten with an overview of the six learning areas with program expectations.  The Extended Day Program is complementary to the core Full-Day Early learning-Kindergarten Program and aligned with it in order to provide a seamless and consistent experience for children. It can be found at
 
In Conversation http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/policyfunding/leadership/InConversation.html          In Conversation is a series of papers developed to support Ontario school and system leaders containing thought-provoking ideas on strategic and topical issues. Some titles in this series: 
Understanding the Whole Child and Youth- A Key to Learning (Spring 2014) Strong Roots, Bright Futures: the Promise of Education and Early Human Development (Winter 2010/11) among others.
 
 
Principals Want to Know Tip Sheets (2012)    
Principals Want to Know is a series of tip sheets to support instructional leadership practices in schools. Each tip sheet features a key question and provides tips for success. Titles supporting the early years include: Documenting in FDK: Making Children’s Learning Visible (#15), Supporting Strong Educator Teams for Full-Day Kindergarten (#16) and Intentional, Play-Based Learning (#17).
 
What Works: Research into Practice and Capacity Building Series http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/literacynumeracy/inspire/research/whatWorks.html http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/literacynumeracy/inspire/research/capacityBuilding.html                    What Works: Research into Practice  and the Capacity Building monographs provide  research and practical strategies on key topics including: student voice, mathematical learning in the early years, the environment as the third teacher, primary assessment, pedagogical documentation, inquiry based learning and others. 
 
This publication provides parents with general child care information including: the difference between licensed and unlicensed child care, considerations in finding the right child care, subsidy information and reporting  child care concerns. It is available in 21 different languages.
 
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Supporting English Language Learners in Kindergarten: A Practical Guide for Ontario Educators
(2007)  http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/document/kindergarten/index.html                                             This resource is designed for educators as they support English Language Learners in achieving the overall expectations of the Kindergarten program. It provides a rich source of research findings, practices, and strategies that can be put to immediate use in the classroom.  
 
Planning Entry to School: A Resource Guide (2005) http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/parents/planningentry.pdf
This resource guide identifies evidence-based research and effective practices and processes to facilitate transitions into school. It is designed to help school staff to work with parents and community partners as they plan students’ entry to school.
 
K to 2 Connections http://kto2connections.wordpress.com/                                                                         This series of K to 2 digital papers is an e-learning experience designed for staff working in
Kindergarten to Grade 3 classrooms who want to further explore learning and teaching in the early years. It consists of four self-guided modules: professional collaborative inquiry, learning environment, learning in an inquiry stance and pedagogical documentation. Each module consists of questions to provoke thinking and discussion, research quotes, quotes from early primary teams across the province, video documentation and supporting resources.
 
Kindergarten GAINS http://www.edugains.ca/newsite/fulldaykinder/index.html#                                   
Kindergarten GAINS provides educators with resources to support implementation of The Full-Day Early Learning Kindergarten Program (Draft 2010). Background information about the program, related links and resources including a selection of video resources, accompanied by viewer guides, are available on the site. Additional resource materials are posted as they become available.
 
Early Learning Framework http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/childcare/oelf/                                                       Based on the Best Start Expert Panel document Early Learning for Every Child Today: A framework for Ontario early childhood settings (2007), this web-based resource is a guide to support program development in child care and other early childhood settings The website includes videos of educators and experts sharing their ideas on how to put the principles into practice, photos of learning environments and more.
 
Early Math Learning: Doug Clements on Early Math
http://curriculum.org/secretariat/snapshots/doug.html  This is  one topic from a collection of video “snapshots” that utilize experts  voices and classroom scenes that provide multiple views and exemplars of classroom practice. 
 
 
Licensed Child Care Website www.ontario.ca/licensedchildcare
This website provides parents with information about licensed child care in Ontario. A search tool allows parents to search for child care by city, postal code, type of program, age group, program name, operator name and/or language of service delivery. The website provides the status of a licence and the terms and conditions of the licence for any licensed program.
 
The Day Nurseries Act for Child Care Supervisors of Ontario Website http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/dna/
This site is designed to support supervisors in Ontario's licensed, centre-based child care programs by helping them to better understand provincial licensing requirements. An Orientation Package for Prospective Child Care Operators can be found at http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/parents/orientation-package-en.pdf. Planning and Design Guidelines for Child Care Centres (2006) can be found at:
 
 
Kindergarten Matters: Intentional Play-Based Learning http://curriculum.org/secretariat/kindergarten/index.html
In this five-part webcast series, educators explore intentional play-based learning in the context of kindergarten classrooms. Inquiry-based play asks invites educators to reframe thinking about assessing, planning, teaching and even classroom organization and management in order to create classrooms that are responsive to both individual and system needs.