CMEC Early Learning and Development Framework

CMEC Early Learning and Development Framework

CMEC Early Learning and Development Framework

Date posted: June 20, 2014

The Council of Ministers of Education Canada has just released its Early Learning and Development Framework. The framework presents a national vision for early learning (birth to eight years of age) that can be adapted to the needs and circumstances of each province and territory. It is designed to act as a support to the development of policies and initiatives that promote learning experiences in the early years. Based on current research, this framework provides guiding principles for education policy and curriculum. These principles apply to family literacy programs as well as early learning initiatives.

The principles are:

  1. The child is integral to policy and program development
  2. The family as central to a child’s development
  3. Honouring the diversity of children and families is integral to equity and inclusion
  4. Safe, healthy and engaging environments shape lifelong learning, development, behaviour, health and well-being
  5. Learning through play capitalizes on children’s natural curiosity and exuberance
  6. The educator, or the extended family as educator, is central to supporting learning and development through responsive and caring relationships

The CMEC Statement on Play-Based Learning is included in the framework. To read the framework, click here.

To find more resources on family literacy, early learning, and play-based learning, email

Speaking of play, tomorrow is Canada’s Longest Day of Play. Time to get outside and have some fun!

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