New Early Childhood Development scholarships launched  

Sep 9 2014

YELLOWKNIFE (September 9, 2014) – Minister of Education, Culture and Employment Jackson Lafferty announced a new scholarship for people considering a career in early childhood development today.

Ten $5,000 scholarships are available to qualifying full-time college and university students to help with the cost of attending accredited post-secondary institutes offering diploma and degree programs with a direct focus on early childhood development.

The Departments of Education, Culture and Employment (ECE) and Health and Social Services (HSS) have been collaborating on Right from the Start: A Framework and Action Plan for Early Childhood Development for the last two years, renewing an older early childhood strategy to reflect new research and priorities of the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT). Accompanied by an action plan, the renewed framework outlines the work the GNWT plans to accomplish over the next several years through investments in programs and services aimed at improving outcomes in early childhood development.

The action plan describes 22 targeted actions for program and service enhancement and implementation. Action 21 details increasing the number of qualified early childhood development professionals in licenced programs, and outlines a number of tasks to address the action. Establishing a scholarship fund is one of these tasks.

“The investments we have made to date in early childhood development are just the start of developing a solid foundation of improved and new programs, and equitable access and support for families,” said Minister Lafferty. “This initiative is paramount for the future of our territory. The early years in a child’s life are the most critical for healthy development and truly set our children on the path they will follow for the rest of their lives. A scholarship fund for people entering or already registered in an early childhood program is one of the best steps we can take to ensure our children have access to the right programs with qualified early childcare professionals. It also fulfills one of the commitments we have made to the profession.”

For more information, visit www.ece.gov.nt.ca/features/right-start or www.rightfromthestart.ca.

For more information:

Jacqueline McKinnon
Manager, Public Affairs and Communications
Education, Culture and Employment
Phone: (867) 920-6222

Email: jacqueline_mckinnon@gov.nt.ca