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Child Care Algoma / Ontario Early Years (2004 - Present)


The CGC has mapped all the Day Care locations in Sault Ste. Marie, along with where the Child Care Algoma licensed Home Care providers are. Using this information in conjunction with the APHs ISCIS database allows both organizations to work together to improve planning within Sault Ste. Marie.

The CGC also mapped where the Ontario Early Years Centres are located and where their clients are coming from by postal code. This allows managers to determine if a centre is drawing many people and where they are coming from. It also allows planners to determine if there are areas in Sault Ste. Marie where a Centre could possibly be located in the future to benefit the community.

Child Care Algoma (CCA) conducted a client satisfaction survey in 2008 while the responses were mailed directly to the CGC. The data was anonymously analyzed to firstly determine how Child Care Algoma was performing in their clients eyes, as well as if the distribution of resources where meeting the needs of their entire clientele. The CGC also conducted a Staff Satisfaction Survey to anonymously quantify the staff’s views regarding the organization. This survey was once again sent directly to the CGC; therefore eliminating the risk a senior employee may accidently view any staff comments.
CCA was interested in illustrating where the Literacy service programs were being offered in relation to the clients who were taking advantage of the service. The goal of this project was to help allocate literacy programming resources and potentially influence placement of new programs to best reflect the participant distribution. Data was entered from registration forms and sign in sheets and amalgamated to the census Dissemination Area level for potential comparison with census data.

The CGC is now acting as the Data Analysis Coordinator for Sault Ste. Marie.

The Early Development Instrument (EDI) has been administered in Sault Ste. Marie during the 2001/2002, 2004/2005 and 2005/2006 (Understanding the Early Years Project) and most recently in the 2008/2009 school years to senior kindergarten students in both the Public and Separate School systems. The teacher administered study is used to evaluate a student’s readiness to learn prior to entering the formal education system, and is not a reflection of the teacher’s or school’s ability. EDI is used for planning purposes to improve early childhood development.

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