The Ripple Effect of an Enriched Early Child Development Initiative

Community of Change documents a research project funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, examining how an early childhood intervention program influenced the parents and the staff at Lord Selkirk Park Child Care Centre, in Winnipeg, Manitoba. This project is a partnership between Red River College Polytechnic, Manidoo Gi-Miini Gonaan, and Healthy Child Manitoba. Background information about the community, the child care centre, and the early childhood intervention provide the context for understanding the findings of this research study.

Community of Change explores the relationships, transformations and chain of positive effects that happened when investments were made in children, their families and their community.

The Red River College Polytechnic campuses are located on original lands of Anishinaabe, Ininiwak, Anishininwak, Dakota, and Dene peoples, and of on the National Homeland of the Red River Metis. We recognize and honour Treaty 3 Territory Shoal Lake 40 First Nation, the source of Winnipeg’s clean drinking water. In addition, we acknowledge Treaty Territories which provide us with access to electricity we use in both our personal and professional lives.

Row houses.

Lord Selkirk Park Community

Lord Selkirk Park is a unique community in the North End of Winnipeg.


Man reading to boy.

Lord Selkirk Park Child Care Centre

Lord Selkirk Park Child Care Centre (LSPCCC) is Canada's first child care centre to implement the Abecedarian Approach.


Woman reading to child.

The Abecedarian Approach

The Abecedarian Approach is an internationally recognized early childhood intervention program originating in North Carolina, USA.


Children on a play structure.

Exploring the impact of the Abecedarian early childhood intervention on parents and early childhood educators

Research on early childhood interventions usually focus on child outcomes. However, can these interventions also have an impact on the adults in the children’s lives?


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