Early Childhood Development

iPad Mini Initiative

In 2013-14, the Departments of Health and Social Services and Education, Culture and Employment tabled the Northwest Territories Framework and Action Plan for Early Childhood Development: Right from the Start. These documents include commitments and areas for action, aimed at providing innovative outreach programs and services for families and children; to ensure that no one is left behind.

The iPad Mini initiative is one of the actions identified to provide new parents and primary caregivers with innovative tools and information. The iPad minis provide a wealth of pre-loaded Early Childhood Development resources and information to support parenting, as well as online access to existing Early Childhood Development programs and services. All information provided on the iPad Minis has been recommended from Northern Elders, leaders, parents and families, early childhood consultants, and has been verified by experts.

The initiative began in September 2015. A pilot took place in the spring of 2015 and provided direction for the full implementation of the initiative including: the child’s age when parents found the pre-loaded information the most relevant (0-6 months), delivery method, and new content and resources. 

ECE wishes to advise new parents and primary caregivers that the iPad Mini is a tool for parents, not a toy for children. A child's brain develops rapidly and young children learn best by interacting with people, not screens.

To download an application, click here.