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Report on French-Language Early Learning and Child Care Services Received

Released on July 7, 2017

Provincial Secretary Nadine Wilson has received the Advisory Committee on Francophone Affairs’ latest report on French-Language Early Learning and Child Care Services.

“The committee’s recent focus on Saskatchewan’s young people helps to ensure that children are set up for success from the very beginning,” Wilson said.  “I’d like to thank the committee for their dedication as they work to preserve Fransaskois culture for future generations.”

Some of the suggestions the committee has put forward include adding French language as criteria for allocating new child care spaces and that the province consult with the francophone community to increase the number of tools and translation of material available to child care facilities and educators.

“Members of the committee believe that further development of early childhood services in French is essential for language learning and Fransaskois identity building,” Advisory Committee on Francophone Affairs Chair Michel Dubé said.

To support French-speaking child care operators and families with young children, the Ministry of Education has translated its child care-related legislation, early learning curricula resources and a number of child care forms and documents into French.  The ministry also employs a bilingual early years consultant and supports nearly 300 child care spaces in nine francophone schools.

The report’s recommendations were formed following consultations with the Ministry of Education and francophone community organizations.  The role of the Advisory Committee on Francophone Affairs is to advise the Provincial Secretary on the implementation of the provincial government’s French-language services policy.

For more information on the Advisory Committee’s work and the full report, visit www.saskatchewan.ca/fab.

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For more information, contact:

Chris Hodges
Education
Regina
Phone: 306-787-1069
Email: chris.hodges@gov.sk.ca

Dan Palmer
Intergovernmental Affairs
Regina
Phone: 306-787-7151
Email: dan.palmer@gov.sk.ca

Michel Dubé, Chair
Advisory Committee on Francophone Affairs
Prince Albert
Phone: 306-961-3603
Email: whitestar@sasktel.net

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