Human Resources and Social Development Canada

Human Resources and Social Development Canada

November 23, 2007 15:45 ET

The Government of Canada Invests More Than $370,000 in Southeast Saskatchewan for Early Childhood Development

ESTEVAN, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwire - Nov. 23, 2007) - Ed Komarnicki, Member of Parliament for Souris-Moose Mountain, on behalf of the Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development, today announced an investment of $371,682 over three years for early childhood development in the communities of Southeast Saskatchewan. The funding is provided through the Understanding the Early Years (UEY) Initiative.

"The Government of Canada is delivering on our commitment to supporting children, families and communities," said MP Ed Komarnicki. "This project will bring together families, teachers and community leaders to gather information on the developmental needs of young children from birth to age six in Southeast Saskatchewan and develop an action plan to respond to those needs."

Information collected through UEY helps communities understand how their children are doing physically, socially and cognitively, and how families and the community are supporting these children. Each three-year project is managed by a non-profit organization which works in collaboration with local organizations that are committed to helping children and families reach their full potential.

Understanding the Early Years is one example of how the Government of Canada invests in children.

This year alone, the Government of Canada is providing nearly $5.6 billion in support of early learning and child care through transfers, direct spending and tax measures including:

- $1,200 in annual support to families with children under age six through the Universal Child Care Benefit;

- A new Child Care Tax Credit for parents raising children under the age of 18 that provides tax relief for more than 3 million Canadian families; and

- Increased transfers to provinces and territories to ensure there are child care spaces;

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BACKGROUNDER

What is UEY?

The Understanding the Early Years (UEY) Initiative provides communities with the opportunity to make a meaningful difference in the lives of Canada's children.

Understanding the Early Years does this by helping communities to use local information and to foster partnerships among community groups to make decisions about the best policies and programs for young children to thrive.

What information is collected?

Communities collect information on:

- the development of their kindergarten children;

- family and community factors that influence their children's development;

- local programs and services that help children develop to their full potential; and,

- local socio-economic characteristics.

What does UEY do for communities?

Information collected through UEY helps communities understand how their children are doing physically, socially and cognitively, and how families and the community are supporting these children. Parents, teachers and others can then learn about what works in their community and together come up with creative solutions to help their children do even better.

What does UEY involve?

Each selected UEY community is given funding of approximately $350,000, which is allocated over three years. The funds are used to increase awareness in the community about the importance of children's early years, to collect and share information about the developmental needs of young children in the community, and to develop an action plan to address gaps in local supports for children and families. Each site is managed by a non-profit community-based organization which works in collaboration with a coalition made up of local organizations and individuals committed to helping children and families reach their full potential.

Contact Information

  • Human Resources and Social Development Canada
    Media Relations Office
    819-994-5559
    or
    Office of Minister Solberg
    Pema Lhalungpa
    Press Secretary
    819-994-2482