The Power of Parenting

Monday, 19 October 2020

Created in 2001, the Centre of Excellence for Early Childhood Development (CEECD) is a consortium of partners from Canadian universities, federal ministries, provincial representatives, community services, professional associations, national organizations and First Nations. Its mandate is to foster the dissemination of scientific knowledge on the social and emotional development of young children, as well as on policies and services that influence this development. The CEECD disseminates this information to service providers, planners and policy-makers.

Our Activities

The primary activities of the CEECD are:

  • to identify and synthesize the very best scientific work on early childhood social and emotional development and its influence on young children’s health;
  • to disseminate this knowledge to the target audience identified;
  • to encourage leading-edge research on child development;
  • to provide governments and service planners with a consultation service for policies on early childhood development;
  • to create, at the local, national and international levels, networks of people and groups interested in early childhood development, in order to encourage knowledge-sharing and dialogue.

The Encyclopedia on Early Childhood Development

The main dissemination product of the CEECD is its Encyclopedia on Early Childhood Development. The Encyclopedia is a compendium of texts written by more than 250 international experts on 33 topics related to the social and emotional development of young children, from the time of conception to age five, that have an effect on their health and well-being. Contributing researchers trace the major trends to follow in the study of services related to early childhood development (in terms of both health and social and cognitive development). They identify emerging critical issues with respect to services and policies (health, education, social) as well as research questions to be pursued.

The Encyclopedia topics are investigated from three perspectives: development, services and policies. In addition to the contributions of experts, a simplified and succinct synthesis for each topic presents key knowledge to practitioners and planners: How important is it? What do we know? What can be done? The Encyclopedia also presents practitioners’ observations on the articles under the heading, Voices from the Field. The practitioners also comment on the challenges faced by those who plan children’s services (health, education and social) and policies in Canada.