How To & FAQ

Manitoba access to the Science of Early Child Development (SECD) resources is part of Manitoba’s Action Plan, under the Canada-Manitoba Early Learning and Child Care Agreement for residents of Manitoba. In order to access them you must do so from a computer or device located in Manitoba. Outside of Manitoba, people can learn more about the Science of Early Child Development, including a free preview and how to access Science of Early Child Development resources, by visiting the SECD website:

Accessing Science of ECD

Gaining access to the SECD modules is simply a matter of clicking on any of the module links. However, the first time you click to enter one of the resources your browser will display an alert box asking your permission to share your location using geolocation, a function in modern web browsers that can identify a general geographic location. Click affirmative to the alert box prompt on your first visit and that is it, you are in. As long as you use the same computer or web device you should not need to confirm your location again.

The alert prompt will look different depending which device and browser you are using. However, the samples below will give you an idea of what to expect:

Frequently Asked Questions

I am in Manitoba but this site tells me I’m not. What’s the problem?

As described above, the SECD MB Access uses “geolocation” to determine whether the device you are on is located in Manitoba. Sometimes a device or browser misidentifies the location. Instructions on how to improve your device’s location accuracy for Google maps can be found on  Find and improve your location’s accuracy. If you continue to have trouble please contact us at

Is this a course?

The Manitoba initiative is not a course but rather the open access is available to five SECD resources that are like “multimedia books”: two large living textbooks (North American Ed and Introductory Ed) and three individual modules (Child Development Primer in English and French and the Prenatal Development Module). These resources can be used for your own learning (professional development, self-study) and for teaching others. If you are interested in taking a course or workshop, please see the next question.

Do you offer any courses or workshops using the SECD material?

SECD online courses are offered through Red River College Polytechnic. Visit the SECD course registration page for more information. SECD  online workshops are offered in partnership with other professional organizations. Visit the SECD workshop information page for more details.

Why can’t I access Science of ECD outside of Manitoba?

Although SECD is not a profit making venture, it does cost money to develop, maintain, and stay current. Access to SECD resources for individuals located in Manitoba has been funded through the Canada-Manitoba Early Learning and Child Care Agreement. Outside of Manitoba, you may preview the resources or purchase access at

Do I need to register or create a password to use SECD resource?

No. If you visit SECD through this MB Access site you will only need to allow your browser to confirm your location is within Manitoba using geolocation. No username or password is required.

Do I need to go through the geolocation process every time I go into SECD?

No. You only need to confirm your location the first time you access the site using any particular computer or web device. If you use a different device, or a different browser, or if you clear your browser cache, you will be prompted to confirm your location again.

How precise is my location information and what are you going to do with it?

Geolocation is only used to confirm that you are accessing SECD from within Manitoba. It will not identify your exact address and is not shared with anyone. For complete privacy details please visit our Privacy & Security Policy page.

How should I handle citations and references to the SECD material?

The Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (7th ed.) was used as a guide to create this Suggested citations document (NEW June 2020, includes revised authorship) with suggestions for citing SECD material.

I teach classes and workshops. Can I project SECD content in my sessions?

Absolutely. See the Tools and Tip Sheets page in this site for resources to help you plan your classes and workshops. You can contact us at the email below to receive the Manitoba Access Facilitator Guide.

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