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First Virtual Encyclopedia Brings Together the Best Knowledge on Early Childhood Development.

Under the leadership of a Canadian Centre of Excellence, more than 270 authors from 11 countries contribute to this unique and free online resource.

MONTREAL, QUEBEC, OCTOBER 9, 2007—The early years are undeniably important to a child’s subsequent development. For this reason, the Centre of Excellence for Early Childhood Development (CEECD) has created the Encyclopedia on Early Childhood Development.  A virtual resource, the Encyclopedia was launched today in the presence of several dignitaries, including Jean-Louis Caya, Regional Director, Public Health Agency of Canada; Richard E. Tremblay, Director of the CEECD; André Chagnon, Chairman and CEO of the Lucie et André Chagnon Foundation; and Dr. Guy Rouleau, Director of the CHU Sainte-Justine Research Center.

Compiled by distinguished international experts, the Encyclopedia makes easily available the best knowledge on the social and emotional development of children, from birth to five years of age, to parents, educators, service planners, services providers and policy makers.

The Encyclopedia covers a wide range of early development topics, such as aggression, language development and literacy, tobacco and pregnancy, and parenting skills. Over 270 authors from 11 countries, including Canada, have contributed to this unique, accessible and free resource, which is designed to be expanded and updated as new knowledge on early childhood emerges.

“The early childhood experience serves as the foundation of an individual’s development, learning, health and well-being,” Richard E. Tremblay, Director of the CEECD, noted in his introduction. “The Encyclopedia empowers us to make enlightened decisions to help children achieve their full potential and to assist families and communities in supporting the development of their children.”

“The new government of Canada is committed to investing  in early childhood, a crucial phase in human development. We are accordingly very pleased to have played a role in the realisation of this resource, which will have a positive influence on the well-being of our children and their development in all aspects of their lives,” said Tony Clement, federal Minister of Health Canada.

The Editorial Board of the Encyclopedia consists of four Canadian experts:  Richard E. Tremblay, Université de Montréal;  Ray DeV. Peters, Queen's University; Michel Boivin, Université Laval; and Ronald G. Barr, University of British Columbia.

The Encyclopedia is available in English at and in French at

The Centre of Excellence for Early Childhood Development is a consortium of Canadian organizations that promote the best knowledge on early childhood development among the public, professionals and policymakers to help them have a positive impact on children’s development.

The Centre of Excellence for Early Childhood Development is one of four Centres of Excellence for Children’s Well-Being set up by the Public Health Agency of Canada.

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Source:   Centre of Excellence for Early Childhood Development

Information :  Lucie Beaupré Tel. : 514-343-6111 ext.: 1-2576

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