Encyclopedia on Early Childhood Development
The Encyclopedia on Early Childhood Development provides the most up-to-date scientific knowledge on early childhood development, from conception to age five.
It is a comprehensive, reliable and easy-to-use reference tool, a unique and free resource devoted to promoting accessibility and knowledge transfer of the best knowledge on early childhood development.
It is produced by the Centre of Excellence for Early Childhood Development (CEECD) and the Strategic Knowledge Cluster on Early Child Development (SKC-ECD). Respectively based at the Université de Montréal and Université Laval (Quebec, Canada), these two organizations have built over the years a solid network of international experts who gather, synthesize and comment, in their respective domain of expertise, the most up-to-date scientific knowledge available on the development of young children, from conception to age five.
The Encyclopedia is intended for service providers, service planners, policy makers and parents.
Most topics are explored from three perspectives: development, services and policy and the papers gathered under each topic are written by internationally renowned experts.
The syntheses and information sheets (Eyes on…) provide summaries of the most essential knowledge in a lay language suited to various readers.
The Encyclopedia also features a section entitled Voices from the Field that focuses on a specific environment or region.
The Centre of Excellence for Early Childhood Development (CEECD)
The mission of the CEECD is to improve our knowledge on the development of young children.
Between the ages of 0 and 5, children experience a phase of accelerated growth. The education, care and attention they receive during this crucial period of development have a decisive effect on their future.
It is therefore extremely important for service providers, service planners, policymakers and parents to thoroughly understand the significance of early childhood to ensure that young children’s needs are fulfilled.
The mandate of the CEECD is to foster the dissemination of scientific knowledge on the development of young children with an emphasis, but not exclusively, on the social and emotional development and on the services and policies that influence this development.
- Identify and synthesize the very best scientific work on early childhood
- Disseminate this knowledge to target audiences of service planners, service
providers, policymakers and parents;
- Encourage leading-edge research on child development from the time of
conception to age five;
- Provide recommendations to governments and service planners on early
childhood policies and programs;
- Create, at the local, national and international levels, networks of individuals and
groups interested in early childhood development.