Introduction

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Early Childhood Development Framework for Action

In May 2001, the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) published its strategy to address the needs of young children in the NWT. The strategy, called Framework for Action: Early Childhood Development, had four parts:

  • Health and Wellness Awareness and Risk Prevention
  • Parenting and Family Support
  • Child Development—Care and Learning
  • Community Supports and Capacity Building

The Goals of the Action Plan

The accompanying action plan described how the Departments of Education, Culture and Employment, and Health and Social Services would address these needs. The plan had four goals1:

  • To enhance and sustain core services available to children 0-6 and their families in the Northwest Territories
  • To encourage, support and facilitate child and family development at the community level
  • To form and strengthen linkages between early childhood programs and projects so children and families can access integrated, comprehensive services and programs
  • To encourage children and families to develop a strong sense of self, based on language, culture and heritage.

The Outcomes of the Action Plan

Overall expected outcomes for the action plan included2:



1 From Hume & Associates, Final Evaluation Report: Northwest Territories Early Childhood Action Plan, July 2001 to March 2004.
2 Ibid.