Review of public policy/practices in western Canada to enhance school preparedness

Last Updated: December 20, 2012

Nazeem Muhajarine, PhD (Principal Investigator)

SPHERU researchers contracted with the National Collaborating Centre for Healthy Public Policy (NCCHPP) to prepare a paper based on a review of public policy and practices in Western Canada. Initially, the objective was to enhance school preparedness in children at kindergarten by identifying policies and programs implemented in the four western provinces. The process evolved to one that takes a broader look at “developmental health” for children in the early years, and how Canada fares according to international benchmarks. The result is a “made-in-Canada” tool with achievement indicator targets based on the province or territory with the best record. The tool then can be used to assess the four western provinces according to each target.

Goals / Outcomes: Researchers produced a commissioned paper for the NCCHPP known as Assessing Canadian Family Policy to Enhance Developmental Health in the Near Term: A Canadian Assessment tool, with an assessment of the four Western provinces (British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba). It will used as the basis for a series of fact sheets about developmental health for children in the early years.

Funder: Institut national du sante public du Quebec (INSPQ), for the National Collaborating Centre for Healthy Public Policy