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NEWS ADVISORY: What Makes 5 Year Olds in Toronto Happy?

TORONTO, ONTARIO -- (Marketwire) -- 04/17/12 --

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What makes a 5-year-old happy? For children in Toronto child care centres it's lunch with mom, a dog's wagging tail, the colour purple or a long table for lots of people to sit at.

On April 20, kids from all over will take part in The Big Picture, a celebration of what makes young children happy. This marks Global Action Week, the Global Campaign for Education's annual education awareness event, The Big Picture focuses on the importance of Early Childhood Care and Education for improving child well-being.

The Big Picture includes an outdoor event hosting 120 young children and their caregivers and parents. Highlights include: a 250 foot art installation of children's artwork answering the question "What makes me happy?" Also on hand to talk to the kids is; Gisele from TVOKids "Gisele's Big Backyard", children's author Marla Stewart Konrad (Tundra Books), children's rights advocate the Honourable Landon Pearson and an interactive panel of experts discussing progress and challenges in ECCE.

Early Childhood Care and Education Facts:


--  Over 200 million children under 5 years old in low-and middle-income
    countries will not reach their developmental potential because they lack
    access to ECCE. (Lancet ECD Series, 2007) 
--  Improving preschool enrolment by 50% could generate economic benefits of
    US$33.7 billion worldwide. (Lancet ECD Series, 2011) 
--  In 2010, there were regulated child care spaces for less than 22% of
    children 0-6 years old in Canada. (Childcare Resource and Research Unit)

                                                                            
MEDIA OPPORTUNITIES:                                                        
The Big Picture Art Installation and Event                                  
9:30 to 11:15 am, Ryerson University Quad                                   
                                                                            
Keynote, Interactive Panel and Networking Session                           
13:30 - 16:00 pm, George Vari Engineering and Computing Centre,             
245 Church St, The Atrium, Third Floor                                      

See full program at: www.ecdgroup.com/gaw. For further information visit: www.ecdgroup.com and www.globalactionweek.org. For additional photos visit http://ecdgroup1.com/gaw-photos/.

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