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Early Learning

Early Learning and Development




A 10-minute film from award winning filmmaker Tiffany Shlain and her team at the Let it Ripple Cloud Filmmaking Studio. Based on new research on how to best nurture children's brains from Harvard University's Center on the Developing Child and University of Washington's I-LABS; the film explores the parallels between a child's brain development and the development of the global brain of Internet, offering insights into the best ways to shape both. Brain Power was created by putting into action the very ideas that the film is exploring: the connections between neurons, networks and people around the world. 

Ministry of Education


The ELECT Document: Early Learning for Every Child Today

A Framework for Ontario Early Childhood Settings describes how young children learn and develop.


The Early Learning Framework

The Early Learning Framework is a guide to support early childhood programs in Ontario. With six distinct principles, the Early Learning Framework provides a shared language and understanding of child development.


Think, Feel, Act: Lessons from Research about Young Children

The Ontario Early Years Policy Framework describes how the experiences children have in the early years can have an extraordinary and long-lasting impact on children's learning, development, health and well-being. Central to this is a view of children as competent, capable of complex thinking, curious and rich in potential. To support educators working in early years settings in their continuous professional learning, the Ministry worked with leading experts in the early childhood field to develop the following thought-provoking resources.


The physical space in early childhood settings plays a significant role in learning and development.