By studying the early years, we can learn how parents, government, and communities can support early childhood development to better prepare young children for success in school, careers, and society.
The Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services (MCYS) works with community partners such as municipalities, school boards, health units, child care and Children's Services providers by giving children the best start in life. They have invested in programs such as the Ontario Early Years Centres, Healthy Babies/Healthy Children, Speech and Language, Infant Hearing and Blind-Low Vision.
MCYS funds important early years research projects, such as the Early Development Instrument (EDI) and the Kindergarten Parent Survey (KPS) to tell us how well children are doing and help predict how well they will do in school. MCYS also funds the Data Analysis Coordinator (DAC) position, which coordinates these projects and helps communities make sense of the collected information at the neighbourhood level.