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Point Douglas will become a kind of early childhood lab, thanks to a $1-million fund to test out better ways of helping young children get ready for school.

The province and the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation announced the fund at the wrap-up of a day-long summit on early childhood development. Manitoba, like nearly every jurisdiction in North America, has a patchwork of early childhood programs such as prenatal care, nursery schools and parent supports. The science is clear that the early childhood years are critical to brain development, but so far policy-makers have struggled to capitalize on that science with social programs that really work.

It’s not yet clear what exactly the innovation fund will be spent on. Consultations with Point Douglas will be the first step.