Prince Edward Island’s Department of Education and Lifelong Learning, New Brunswick’s Ministry of Education and Early Childhood Development, Nova Scotia’s Department of Labour and Workforce Development, Newfoundland and Labrador’s Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, LinkedIn, McCain Foundation, Atkinson Centre, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto
A strategic initiative to help childcare educators thrive in their careers
The Future Skills Centre has awarded funding to NouLAB to conduct research in the early-childhood-education (ECE) sector. NouLAB is a social innovation lab that is part of the Pond-Deshpande Centre at the University of New Brunswick.
The project, which also enjoys the support of the four provincial governments in Atlantic Canada, will examine the ECE workforce and how its capacity might be improved through retention and training for ECE educators. NouLAB will convene multi-sectoral teams within the sector to tackle complex challenges facing ECE, and will involve childcare businesses, educators, governments, parents, academics, and any other stakeholders engaged in the education of young children.
The lab will span sixteen months and progress over five stages.
Methodologies that will be part of the lab include jurisdictional and ethnographic research, design thinking, systems thinking, Theory U, human-centred design, and participatory facilitation practices.
At the end of the lab cycle (December 2021) NouLAB hopes to have:
Learn more about the ECE Lab by watching this video.
This project will be evaluated using tools and approaches aligned with its goals, context, and stage of development. The evaluation will focus on generating the right evidence at the right moment to move the intervention forward. Read more about our evaluation strategy.
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