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The Ottawa Child and Youth Initiative's Early Childhood Development Task Group leads multiple initiatives and hosts many workshops and events with to the ultimate end of successfully supporting all young children (0 to 6 years) and their families in school entry.
The OCYI's Early Childhood Development Task Group organizes their work around the following objectives:
For more information, and to access concrete tools for service providers, please visit our Resources section.
The Early Childhood Development Task Group lends ongoing support to the implementation of the Nipissing District Developmental Screen (NDDS) tool . The Task Group is working with NDDS on the tool into different languages, as well as on encouraging its implementation as intake in preschools and daycares. They also hosted training workshops on how to use the tool, and are currently in the process of collecting follow-up data from service providers regarding their subsequent successes and challenges in implementation.
The Early Childhood Development Task Group has hosted several workshops for service providers, in both official languages, and will continue to host many more in the upcoming months. Here are a few of the topics covered thus far: