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This is the seventh and final webinar in the Early Childhood Development Series for Public Health.
Dr. Pelletier will start the session with a focus on the implementation and impact of Ontario’s innovative universal full-day kindergarten (FDK) program for 4- and 5-year-old children and their families. The aim of the FDK program is to level the playing field in early learning for all children, whatever their socioeconomic circumstance. The most notable innovations are that child care and kindergarten programs and practice have been brought together through a teaching team of a kindergarten teacher and early childhood educator and that the program has been mandated to be play-based. Dr. Pelletier will provide an overview of the first three years of research on this innovation in early childhood policy and highlights of its success.
Dr. Williams will continue the session on FDK in the context of early child development (ECD) as it relates to public health in Ontario and the current provincial context. There will be an opportunity for audience discussion about ECD and public health.
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Presenters: Dr. Robin Williams and Dr. Janette Pelletier
Dr. Robin Williams is currently the associate chief medical officer of health for Ontario’s Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. She received both her honours bachelor of science and her doctor of medicine degree at the University of Toronto, and is a member of the Department of Paediatrics at McMaster University. Dr. Williams is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians in Paediatrics and has also earned a Diploma in Public Health from the University of Toronto.
Dr. Janette Pelletier is professor of Applied Psychology and Human Development at the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study/OISE/University of Toronto. She carries out research in early education and development, seeking to understand the connections among research, practice, and policy. She has served as program chair in Child Study and Education, Chair of Developmental Psychology and Education and most recently as director of the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study at the University of Toronto.
To view any of the past Early Childhood Development Sessions:
Friday, February 7, 2014 - Dr. Neal Halfon - PHO Rounds: Visiting Speaker - Leveraging the science of health development: Designing systems that help children thrive.
Thursday, April 17, 2014 - Dr. Kieran Moore - PHO Rounds: Visiting Speaker - The 18-Month Enhanced Well-Baby Visit Assessment: Partnerships with public health.
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