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The state of data on early childhood education and care in Canada: National Data Project: Final report

Resource Type: Reports & Papers
Author(s): Cleveland, Gordon; Colley, Susan; Friendly, Martha; Lero, Donna S.;
Date Issued: 2003
Publisher(s): University of Toronto. Childcare Resource and Research Unit
Description: The purpose of this project is to propose a strategy with options for developing reliable comparable data to inform Canadian early childhood education and care (ECEC) policy, research, and service delivery. An overview of the current state of ECEC data in Canada is presented and described as being incomplete, inconsistent, and in need of improvement. Key reasons for collecting, organizing, and analyzing data are discussed, and several international data approaches to ECEC data that may be useful in Canada are shared. The authors present six recommendations that could aid in improving the quality of reporting over time: 1) developing new data collection vehicles; 2) improving utilization and design of existing data collection vehicles; 3) Improving provincial/territorial administrative data; 4) developing a Canadian policy and program database; 5) establishing a program of ECEC research; and 6) coordinating data collection and organization. Improvements made in these areas can play a key role in strengthening ECEC policy and programs as well as enhancing public accountability.
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Funder(s): Canada. Human Resources Development Canada. Child Care Visions
Source: Toronto, Ontario, Canada: University of Toronto, Childcare Resource and Research Unit. Retrieved January 13, 2006, from
Topics: Research & Evaluation Methods > Research Methods > Data Collection

International Child Care & Early Education > Single-Country Studies
Country: Canada
ISBN: 1-896051-26-X : Unspecified
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