Strengthening Collaborations in Early Childhood
For over 12 years Community Learning Centres (CLCs) across Quebec collaborate with local partners to provide resources to support families with children 0-5 years old. From parent-and-tot groups to evening workshops, community schools offer a welcoming place for families to play, share and learn. In an effort to bridge the various resources and offer additional support to schools and community organizations working on Early Childhood goals and outcomes, LEARN’s Provincial Resource Team (PRT) helped organize the first Early Childhood Symposium in February 2020.
The Symposium brought together 200 intersectoral partners from all levels of education, community and government agencies from across Quebec to deepen their knowledge and amplify their collaborative practices to better support children and families in the English-speaking community.
A highlight of the event, the Community Resource Carousel offered ample networking opportunities between service providers, institutions, consultants and educators to connect with community partners from various regions. The new relationships forged during this event will undoubtedly provide additional resources to families in the English-Speaking community of Quebec.
Along with the organizing committee (Community Health and Social Services Network (CHSSN), Leadership Committee for English Education in Quebec (LCEEQ), the Ministère de l'Éducation et de l'Enseignement supérieur (MEES), the Secretariat for Relations with English-speaking Quebecers (SRESQ), Literacy Quebec, and LEARN), a number of Provincial institutions, government agencies and community organizations like English Language Arts Network (ELAN), Canadian Parents for French (CPF), Ometz, Child Development Institute (SNAP program), and several local organizations (NSCA, CASA, ARC, AGAPE) shared their services and resources with participants, forging new partnerships through a networking event held on the first day of the event and throughout the second day.
LEARN shared two projects developed with partners to support family engagement initiatives in early childhood and transition to school:
My Goodnight Bag is a bedtime routine kit for children aged 3 to 5 and their families, developed to complement ongoing initiatives that support families (parent workshops, family engagement initiatives and/or early literacy initiatives), guided by a partnership between CLC schools and local community organizations. Find out more: https://www.learnquebec.ca/goodnightbag
The Family Edition of the Linguistic Risk-Taking Passport is an initiative that encourages students to develop their second-language skills outside the classroom and to help build their confidence in their second language with the help of their family and community. Find out more: https://www.learnquebec.ca/family-passport
Click here (https://www.learnquebec.ca/early-childhood) to access more resources.