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Faculty Profiles

Monica Lysack

Monica Lysack

Professor, Early Childhood Leadership Degree program

Office: B352, Faculty of Applied Health and Community Studies, Trafalgar Campus
Phone: (905) 845-9430 Ext. 2309

Monica Lysack, RECE has developed and advocated for child care policy at federal and provincial levels for over two decades. Her involvement in politics influenced her research interests in the politics of pedagogy, child care policy and ECE students’ emerging professional identities. An experienced early childhood educator and child care centre director, Monica worked for the Saskatchewan government as a child care licensing consultant, inclusion coordinator, and represented Saskatchewan on the Federal/Provincial Early Childhood Working Group which negotiated the terms for the national Early Childhood Development Agreement (2000) and the Multilateral Framework Agreement for Early Learning and Child Care (2003). She was on the national steering committee for the OECD international review of ECEC in Canada (Starting Strong II).

Monica’s post-secondary teaching experience began at Saskatchewan Polytechnic and later became a sessional lecturer with the University of Regina (Bachelor of Education Program). She worked with First Nations and Metis women in specialized ECE programs through the Regina Friendship Centre. Monica has a B. Ed. (Early Years) and M. Ed (Curriculum and Instruction) from the University of Regina.

Monica has served on international, national, and local boards including: Association of Early Childhood Educators of Ontario (AECEO); Reconceptualizing Early Childhood Education (RECE) Political Activism Committee (International); Equal Voice; Campaign 2000 National Anti-poverty Coalition Steering Committee; National Coalition for Women’s Equality and Human Rights; Canadian Association for Young Children; Prime Minister’s Awards for Excellence in Early Childhood Selection Committee.

Monica served as guest editor with Rachel Langford, Jane Hewes, Sonya Hooper for Canadian Children, Vol. 40 No. 1, Winter 2015 Special Issue: Professionalism in ECEC. She has several recent publications including a book chapter (in press) Richardson, B., Hewes, J., Lysack, M. The educator is political: Exploring the role of post-secondary early childhood education programs as places of political inquiry and practice in the contemporary Canadian context. Critical Issues in Early Childhood Teacher Education.

Monica was awarded a Sheridan Research and Creative Activities Grant for her project Strengthening the Role of Municipal Delivery of Early Childhood Education and Care in Canada: Exploring Policy Innovations from Denmark.

Monica served as a Special Policy Advisor to Hon. Minister Indira Naidoo-Harris, Ontario Minister Responsible for Early Years and Child Care and Minister of the Status of Women. She is a frequent political commentator on child care policy in the national media.