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On MY Way

Bridging the Early Years and Youth

On MY Way: A Guide to Support Middle Years Child Development bridges the existing early years and youth developmental frameworks. Resources for the early years include How Does Learning Happen? Ontario’s Pedagogy for the Early Years, which provides a resource to guide programming and pedagogy in early years programs; and Early Learning for Every Child Today, which includes a developmental continuum for children from infancy to school-age.

To support youth development, the Ontario government released Stepping Stones: A Resource on Youth Development to guide supports and services for young people between the ages of 12 and 25.

Together, these developmental frameworks form a continuum of resources to support optimal development and improve outcomes for children and youth from birth to age 25, along the life course.

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HOW THIS RESOURCE WAS DEVELOPED

Research on middle childhood development: Thirteen new research papers were developed by leading Canadian researchers to compile current evidence on middle childhood development.

Researcher think tank: A research forum was held with approximately 35 leading child development researchers on key topics related to health middle years development.

Discussions with families: Focus group discussions and one-on-one interviews were conducted with approximately 100 parents and caregivers to hear their stories and perspectives.

Middle years parent/caregiver experience survey: A survey asked more than 1,400 parents and caregivers about their experiences raising middle years children, including the challenges they face and the supports they receive.

Community workshops: A series of workshops across the province engaged 165 community partners and service providers to gain insights on supporting middle years child and family wellbeing.

Strategic roundtable: A roundtable was held with more than 60 provincial partners and stakeholders to discuss strategic priorities and outcomes for middle years children.

Premier’s Council on Youth Opportunities: The Premier’s Council on Youth Opportunities provided valuable insights on priorities, outcomes and opportunities to improve the wellbeing of all middle years children.

Indigenous partners: The provincial government worked closely with Indigenous partners through the Ontario Indigenous Children and Youth Strategy Technical Tables and through a review of Indigenous partners’ submissions for the Ontario Indigenous Children and Youth Strategy and changes to the Child and Youth Family Services Act to ensure that the perspectives of First Nations, Métis, Inuit and urban Indigenous partners were integrated into this resource.