Changing Results for Young Children (CR4YC) is a partnership between The Ministry of Education (MOE) and the United Way of the Lower Mainland (UWLM) and was initiated in the fall of 2017.
CR4YC is based on the successful Changing Results for Young Readers framework that was implemented in 57 BC School Districts from 2012 – 2015. CR4YC is a collaborative inquiry project that brings together Community-based Early Childhood Educators, Strong Start Facilitators, and Kindergarten Teachers who are released to work collaboratively in six joint professional learning sessions with release time provided by the CR4YC Project.
CR4YC focuses on social and emotional well-being to improve outcomes for young children. One of the CR4YC goals is to identify and apply a strengthened understanding of quality practices associated with improving the social and emotional well-being of young children. Another goal is to increase the coherence in pedagogy between Early Childhood Educators and Primary Educators.
Maureen Dockendorf, Ministry of Education
Kim Schonert-Reichl is the lead scholar advising the CR4YC Initiative, including professional learning sessions throughout the year.
Sharon Jeroski leads the collection of data, research and evaluation component of the project.
In its first year, educators at 3 sites, representing 8 BC school districts and communities, met 6-7 times over several months to explore and reflect on practices for enhancing the social and emotional well-being of young children. At each site, an equal number of educators from StrongStart BC programs, Community-based Early Childhood Programs, and Kindergarten classes met with a facilitator to pursue their own questions related to several facets of social and emotional well-being. Groups explored practices, recorded and shared observations, interpreted what they observed, and planned strategies to support social and emotional well-being.
CR4YC participants are selected as triads from the same community. For example: a StrongStart BC Facilitator, a Kindergarten teacher from the same school (or neighborhood) and a community-based Early Childhood Educator working in a child care centre or pre-school in the same community. This brings educators together who share the same children and families and provides them with the opportunity to collaborate and strengthen relationships over time.
In addition, a CR4YC Facilitator, contracted by the MOE/UWLM, facilitates the CR4YC sessions (fully funded by the CR4YC Initiative). They are educators with expertise in collaborative inquiry, social and emotional learning, early learning, and facilitation.
- 2017/2018: 3 provincial cross-district sites, 8 School Districts/Communities
- 2018/2019: 14 sites, 36 School Districts/Communities
- 2019/2020: 22 sites, 50 School Districts/Communities (approximately)
- 24 participants at each site: 8 community-based ECEs, 8 Strong Start ECEs, 8 Kindergarten educators (come in teams)
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