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Children play with Lego on a colourful alphabet rug. A boy who is visually impaired reads a book with raised dots, a precursor to learning to read in Braille. Sand running through the hourglasses fascinates a curious boy. A boy building with blocks greets the class bunny who has hopped over for a visit. A boy gives a thumbs up. A girl plays with colourful shapes on the classroom light-table. A girl counts and orders buttons by size. Two girls balance on a pipe as they look for frogs in a swampy area. Children create their own book illustrations using the “still life” technique. Two girls are paired during a large group activity. A boy builds with interlocking cubes. A girl illustrates her “story”. Three girls practice their letters on individual whiteboards. A boy holds alphabet blocks that spell out PLAY. Young boys explore classroom science materials. A girl using a walker smiles. Three children share a book together." An educator and 4 preschoolers enjoy a small group interaction.

"We worry about what a child will become tomorrow, but we forget that he is someone today."
Stacia Tauser

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Early Learning and Child Care, Manitoba Families
Learn more about licensed child care for Manitoba children 12 weeks to 12 years.

Healthy Child Manitoba (HCM)
HCM is the Government of Manitoba’s long-term, cross-departmental strategy for putting children and families first.

Bookmates is a Manitoba based non-profit organization established in 1984 that promotes and supports family literacy through various activities.

Family Dynamics
An accredited not-for-profit, community-based agency registered as a charity and governed by a volunteer Board of Directors dedicated to strengthening families and building healthy supportive communities. Family Dynamics provide a variety of programs and services for more than 6,000 Winnipeg families each year.

Fort Whyte Alive
Fort Whyte Alive is dedicated to providing programming, natural settings and facilities for environmental education, outdoor recreation, forest school programming and social enterprise. In so doing, FortWhyte promotes awareness and understanding of the natural world and actions leading to sustainable living.

Manitoba Child Care Association
The Manitoba Child Care Association is a non-profit, membership-funded organization that provides services to child care facilities and individual members throughout the province, including early childhood educators, child care assistants, family child care providers, boards of directors of centres, students, advocates and professionals.

Manitoba Council for Exceptional Children (MCEC)
The Manitoba Council for Exceptional Children (MCEC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of effective practice in educating students with exceptional needs in Manitoba. MCEC is affiliated with the international branch of the Council for Exceptional Children and the national organization, the Canadian Council for Exceptional Children. MCEC is also a Special Area Group affiliated with the Manitoba Teachers' Society.

Manitoba Teachers Society
The Special Area Groups affiliated with The Manitoba Teachers’ Society link a network of professional educators and offer professional learning opportunities in the form of conferences and workshops. Early educators in schools and child care programs meet monthly via the Canadian Association for Young Children – Manitoba

The Science of Early Child Development
Is a knowledge translation and mobilization initiative with a global perspective that introduces and synthesizes transdisciplinary research underscoring the importance of the early years. SECD has been developed at Red River College in Canada in partnership with the University of Toronto and the Aga Khan Development Network.

Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre: Early Learning
The Manitoba First Nations  Education Resource Centre Inc. (MFNERC) provides the province’s leading education, administration, technology, language and culture services to First Nations schools in Manitoba. MFNERC has developed resources to support early learning and development including the Manitoba First Nations Guide to Support Early Learning, Growing Indigenous Families Together and the Early Childhood Education Framework.

Manitoba Nature Action Collaborative for Children
Holds quarterly meetings to discuss nature playgrounds and a variety of other nature education topics. It provides opportunities for educators to learn about nature, alleviate fears and pass a renewed sense of wonder on to the children in their lives.


A mother and her baby gaze into each other’s eyes. Canadian Association for Young Children (CAYC)  The CAYC is the only national Canadian association specifically concerned with the well-being of children, birth through age nine.

Canadian Child Care Federation
A national body of provincial and territorial child care associations committed to providing Canadians with the very best in early learning and child care knowledge and best practices.

Canadian Institute of Reading Recovery
Is a not for profit organization that works collaboratively with wide-ranging and diverse educational communities across Canada. Through expert one on one teaching that supplements classroom instruction, Reading Recovery focuses on children who are most at risk in literacy learning.

Centre of Excellence for Early Childhood Development (CEEC)
The mandate of the CEECD is to foster the dissemination of scientific knowledge on the social and emotional development of young children, and the policies and services that influence this development. The organization formulates recommendations on the services needed to ensure optimum early childhood development.

Childcare Resource and Research Unit
The Childcare Resource and Research Unit is an early childhood education and child care (ECEC) policy research institute with a mandate to further ECEC policy and programs in Canada.

Child and Nature Alliance of Canada
The Child and Nature Alliance of Canada aspires to foster meaningful connections to the outdoors for children and youth. Key initiatives include Forest School Canada (FSC).

Community Action Program for Children (CAPC)
CAPC is a community-based children’s program delivered by the Public Health Agency of Canada jointly managed with the provinces and territories. CAPC has supported the development of programs that promote the healthy development of young children (0-six years). Through CAPC, supports and activities are made available to children and their families facing challenging life circumstances.

Council of Ministers of Education Canada
CMEC provides leadership in education at the pan-Canadian and international levels and contributes to the exercise of the exclusive jurisdiction of provinces and territories over education. Early childhood learning and development,

Human Early Learning Partnership
HELP is located at the University of British Columbia and focuses on early childhood development research. HELP uses a longitudinal research approach to advance scientific understanding of the importance of early childhood development as a determinant of long-term health outcomes.

Kid’s Health and Safety
An information resource related to children’s health and safety provided by the government of Canada.

Let’s Talk Science
is an award-winning, national, charitable organization focused on education and outreach to support youth development. They create and deliver unique learning programs and services that engage children, youth and educators in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Check out IdeaCity a collection of free educator resources and planning tools to support a skills based, co-constructed, learning environment through STEM for your early years to Grade 3 classroom.

The Atkinson Centre for Society and Child Development
Affiliated with OISE at the University of Toronto, the Atkinson Centre is a Canadian research centre committed to using the best available evidence on early child development to inform public discourse, public policy and the professional learning of those who work with young children. It publishes the biannual Early Childhood Education Report.

The Learning Partnership: Welcome to Kindergarten
A unique parent engagement strategy that brings together parents, children, schools and community service agencies to achieve the goal of giving parents/caregivers the strategies, resources and all the support necessary to make early learning activity and play a priority in the home – to prepare the child for a fun and successful first year in school.

The Self Regulation Institute
Dr. Stuart Shanker and the SRI team study self-regulation in all its many aspects and conduct applied and community-based research on the effects of practicing self-regulation.