History of EYEON

In May 2008, a group of professionals who work on behalf of young children came together for an inaugural meeting at the Peel District School Board in Mississauga, Ontario. The original intent for the network was to bridge the gap between early years research and educational practice. Through group discussion, other key areas of interest emerged beyond this initial goal, including: professional learning, knowledge transfer/mobilization, and advocacy. The Early Years Education Ontario Network (EYEON) was officially launched, with a focus on children from prenatal to age eight.

Participation in the Early Years Education Ontario Network (EYEON) is free and open to all who are interested in the early years. Currently, some of the organizations that are involved in EYEON include:

  • school boards
  • universities
  • colleges
  • various provincial Ministry departments (e.g., Ministry of Education, Ministry of Children and Youth Services) and programs (e.g., Ontario Early Years Centre staff)
  • teacher federations
  • municipal children’s services
  • child care centres
  • early years organizations in Ontario (e.g., Council for Early Child Development, Child Development Resource Connection Peel)
  • federally funded early years initiatives (e.g., Understanding the Early Years)