A new tool for early childhood education in Francophone minority settings

April 21, 2016

OTTAWA – The Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF) is pleased to launch today a new tool for early childhood education in Francophone minority settings. The launch took place during the meeting of Tripartite Committee coordinated by the Fédération nationale des conseils scolaires francophones (FNCSF), April 20-21 in Montréal.

“5 étoiles, rien de moins!” (5 stars, nothing less!) is a production of the CTF in collaboration with the Association canadienne d’éducation de langue française (ACELF) and the Commission nationale des parents francophones (CNPF). It is meant to help define the special mission of early childhood services in Francophone minority settings in Canada.

“From a very young age, children need to be prepared for entry in French-language schools,” says CTF President Heather Smith. “The goal of having five-star early childhood services — just as there are five-star hotels and restaurants — reinforces the notion that early childhood centres must aim for excellence in all aspects of their operations.”

The tool, intended for administrators of early childhood services, is based on the following five principles: 1) to allow children to live their everyday life in French spontaneously; 2) to create a positive bond with the French language; 3) to play a strategic role in the community; 4) to support families; and 5) to offer an equitable access to quality services.

“We would like to thank our education partners for their on-going trust which allows us to contribute significantly to French-language education in Canada,” says CTF President Heather Smith.

Launch details:

WHEN: 11:30 a.m., Thursday, April 21
WHERE: Holiday Inn Montréal Centre-Ville, 99 Viger Avenue West
WHO: Ronald Boudreau, Director, CTF Services to Francophones
          Richard Lacombe, General Director, ACELF

“5 étoiles, rien de moins!” will soon be available for purchase on CTF’s website at: www.ctf-fce.ca/en/Pages/catalogue/Publications.aspx.

The FNCSF Tripartite Committee is composed of representatives from the various levels of government (federal and provincial/territorial), as well as from schools and communities who share an interest for and are engaged in education. http://fncsf.ca/notre-reseau/comite-tripartite/ (French only)

Founded in 1920, the Canadian Teachers’ Federation is a national alliance of provincial and territorial teacher organizations that represent over 200,000 elementary and secondary school teachers across Canada. CTF is also a member of Education International. @CanTeachersFed

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Information:

Ronald Boudreau, Director of Services to Francophones, 613-688-4308 (office) or 613-899-4216 (cell)

Contact :

Francine Filion, Director of Communications, 613-688-4314 (office) or 613-899-4247 (cell)