Red River College and Healthy Child Manitoba:
Seven Oaks School Division:
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We invite your innovative ideas for ensuring all children
have a good start in life by focusing on early literacy and numeracy.
According to the Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD), Manitoba students lag behind their Canadian peers in numeracy and literacy at age 15 – ranking 8th and 9th out of 10 provinces, respectively. Research shows this starts very early. Manitoba data also show that up to 77% of kindergarteners are not ready for Grade 1 literacy and numeracy curricula. Research on child development indicates that intervening early – before children enter school – provides the biggest return on investment.
How skills develop
Long before they enter school, through their first five years of life, children develop early literacy and numeracy skills at home and in their community. Exposure to words and books greatly varies, and some children are exposed to many more words than others. By three years old, this gap can be as much as 30 million words.
Researchers confirm that preschool experiences provide a strong foundation for the positive attitudes and early literacy and numeracy competencies that are vital for the way children learn in school and in life. Strong early foundations in literacy and numeracy begin in the home and are further enriched through participation in high quality early childhood settings and experiences. Early numeracy and literacy, and oral language itself, all develop through social interaction with caring adults, and through play.
Unfortunately, many children who struggle with literacy and numeracy in the early years continue to struggle throughout their school career. In addition to the emotional toll they experience in school, these children are disadvantaged when they graduate, start college or university, find a job or make other life choices.
In Manitoba, we want to be the most improved in literacy and numeracy in Canada by 2020. Better yet, we want to hold the spot by a landslide margin and be an example of what others can do to improve literacy and numeracy in their own provinces and territories.
We need to do better setting our children up for success. We need your help.
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The Early Childhood Literacy and Numeracy Challenge will span a timeframe of approximately 18 months.
The milestones and events are outlined below.
All dates below are subject to change. More detailed information will be available to teams throughout the challenge.
Press event and Q&A session. Registration opens at WeAreTheSolution.ca.
Registered teams and individuals are invited to participate in an information and Q&A session, in-person or live streamed.
Submission portal opens at WeAreTheSolution.ca.
During an optional guided ideation session, registered teams and individuals will work to generate new solutions or refine their current solution.
Individuals and teams submit their solutions describing how they will tackle the challenge in an innovative way and to win an opportunity to develop a prototype. A panel will score all submitted solutions.
Up to 10 semi-finalists announced who will work with a project team (including subject matter experts and mentors) to create a final presentation.
Teams and individuals will formally present their solution to a panel of judges. Up to three solutions may be selected for Phase 2.
Teams and individuals are briefed and will have up to six months to develop their solution. A prototype will be developed with the assistance of participating post-secondary institutions and private sector sponsors.
Teams and Individuals submit their prototype.
12 months of field testing the prototype begins with the support of the Manitoba government and select communities.
A panel of judges will conduct a two-month review and assessment of field testing results.
After a pre-determined assessment process, an announcement of the solution(s) that may be scaled provincially will be made.
You can find additional resources and information at the following links:
Information and Q&A Session • November 23, 2017
(Jeff Ryzner, President North Forge • Dr. Rob Santos, Senior Assistant Deputy Minister, Associate Secretary to Healthy Child Committee of Cabinet
Ideation Session • December 1, 2017
inVision Edge Webinar