At the end of June, 2015, the Muttart Foundation and seven of its private foundation colleagues jointly authored a letter calling for federal support and leadership in the area of early childhood education. The letter was sent to the leaders of the federal parties and has been published in regional newspapers across Canada. The letter was published in the Edmonton Journal at the end of June. The letter was subsequently sent to the Provincial and Territorial Leaders in support of their national discussions last week – that included a breakfast discussion on early learning and child care.

The Muttart Foundation has prepared the current discussion paper to begin the process of rethinking how the Alberta early childhood education and care workforce might best be developed to meet the needs of children and their families. The paper considers the knowledge, skills and competencies early childhood educators (including certificated teachers) require to deliver high-quality learning and care for children below the mandatory school age, as well as the educational preparation and professional learning requirements that supports these bodies of knowledge, skills and competencies. Dr. Rachel Langford, Director of the School of Early Childhood Studies, at Ryerson University, served as the lead researcher and writer for the paper and worked closely with Muttart Foundation staff in its development.

Advancing the Educational Preparation and Professional Development of Alberta’s Early Learning and Care Workforce

Alberta Full Report Alberta Summary Report

Canadian charities have a long history of helping to inform and shape public policy at municipal, provincial, and federal levels. For many, it’s a key strategy for advancing their missions. Whether your organization has experience in public policy advocacy or is relatively new to the field, this extraordinary professional development opportunity will help you improve. Between January and June of 2015, Max Bell Foundation will deliver its seventh annual Public Policy Training Institute (PPTI). We will bring together another group of 25 leaders from Canada’s charitable sector whose organizations want to impact the public policy process. Enrollment is open to staff or board members of any Canadian charity. Selected organizations will delegate their representative to attend six monthly two-day sessions. Sessions will explore such topics as evidence, policy options, communications and engagement, and implementation. Each participant will receive one-on-one coaching during the program to help them develop a policy-ready position on a given issue by program end. On completion of the program, participants will have enhanced their knowledge and skills required to develop, inform, and monitor public policy on issues of strategic importance to their organizations. The program’s lead faculty for 2015 is Jim Dinning. Mr. Dinning’s extensive experience in government includes terms as a Deputy Minister and a Cabinet Minister. Other faculty members include Nancy Reynolds, Roger Gibbins, Brenda Eaton, and Bob Wyatt. The sessions will alternate between Calgary and Edmonton. Travel and accommodation bursaries will be provided to all participants. Each admitted participant will be required to pay a $500 materials fee. For further details on the program and to access an application form, please access the Institute’s website at:
Public Policy Training Institute

The Muttart Foundation has called upon the federal government to reinstitute studies into Canada’s voluntary sector. In a submission to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance, the Foundation encouraged the committee to recommend funding be restored to Statistics Canada to allow the agency to reinstitute three studies – the National Survey of Nonprofit and Voluntary Organizations, the Satellite Accounts and the Canadian Survey of Giving, Volunteering and Participating. A copy of the Foundation’s submission is available here.

Pre-budget Consultations 2015

Forum transcripts are now available from the Saskatoon and Regina Early Learning and Child Care Discussions which took place on November 29, 2013 (Saskatoon) and December 2, 2013 (Regina).

The Muttart Foundation, in partnership with the Saskatchewan Population Health and Evaluation Research Unit, hosted two stakeholder discussions on the organization, funding and delivery of early learning and child care in Saskatchewan – one in Saskatoon on November 29th, 2013 and a second in Regina on December 2nd, 2013. The following reports provide transcripts of these discussions.

A Record of Early Childhood Education and Care Stakeholder Discussions

Saskatoon Forum Regina Forum

New Book on Leadership

The Muttart Foundation is pleased to announce publication of a new book focused on leadership in the charitable sector. “Leadership” is a multi-faceted concept, confusing to some, challenging to most. In this “leadership notebook,” former Pembina Institute CEO Marlo Raynolds reflects on some of the things he learned from his years of heading this environmental charity. An easy read, Dr. Raynolds’ book is a thoughtful and practical guide that will be of value to those in leadership roles and those who aspire to such roles.”

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