Healthy Start/Départ Santé would like to salute the Saskatoon Federation of Early Learning for highlighting this important month at their launch Friday, May 1st at the Royal West Collegiate. Having Don Morgan, Minister of Education and Mayor Don Atchison in attendance was a testament to how important this event has become! Both politicians recognized the vital role that early learning practitioners have in shaping the formative years of young children.
Keynote speaker, Kim Newlove, engaged in early learning and education for many years, shared her passion and reflections surrounding young children and their care. If there is one take-home message, it is that we should all reflect on continuing to strive for excellence and continuous improvement in early learning settings. We can all learn a little from the Reggio Emilia philosophy which emphasizes the importance of community connections and keeping children and families in mind when creating spaces in our communities! Finally, Ms. Newlove’s call to action and final message – make early childhood development and investing in our young children a key discussion topic in upcoming provincial and federal elections.
All children have potential to excel, and through this month, we thank all those involved in Early Learning; you provide the lessons and support that they need to succeed!