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January 29, 2003
Media Advisory: Early learning and child care project to be announced "A blueprint for senior governments"
Toronto - The City of Toronto and the Toronto District School Board, supported
by the Atkinson Charitable Foundation, the "Big Three" automakers and the
Canadian Autoworkers Union will launch an ambitious project tomorrow. Toronto
First Duty is an action model for providing youngsters with pre-school
education, as it supports parents to work, study and parent effectively.

The project is addressed to the federal and provincial governments who are
expected to sign off on a National Child Care Plan in the coming weeks. Five
schools will host Toronto First Duty to demonstrate the effectiveness of
combining kindergarten with child care, parenting and other community supports
to meet the needs of families with young children.

The following will be in attendance: Councillor Olivia Chow, Children's
Advocate; Geraldine Connelly, Associate Director, Toronto District School Board
(TDSB); Charles Pascal, Atkinson Charitable Foundation; Michael Grimaldi,
President, General Motors Canada; Basil "Buzz" Hargrove, President, Canadian
Autoworkers Union; Charles Coffey, Executive Vice-president, RBC Financial
Group; Margaret McCain, co-author Early Years Study; Emily Noble, President,
Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario; and Shelley Carroll and Donna
Cansfield, TDSB co-chairs.

Date: Thursday, January 30
Time: 10 a.m.
Place: JR Wilcox Community School, 231 Ava Rd., Toronto
(South of Eglinton Avenue West. From Bathurst Street, turn west onto Strathearn
Road, and turn left onto Ava Road. Parking in the NW lot.)

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