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WHAT DRIVES US TO COME TOGETHER TO SUPPORT ALL YOUNG CHILDREN IN QUEBEC

Social inequalities in Quebec have many tangible impacts on society as a whole, and young children in particular. The latest statistics show that one out of every four children in the province – one out of three in some communities – exhibits vulnerability in at least one sphere of development by the time they start kindergarten.1 These numbers are even more alarming in some specific contexts2 and only confirm that immediate action is needed. Young children are the adults of the future. It is essential to give them the best possible start in life and an equal chance to thrive, while taking into account each child’s unique strengths and the diverse experiences to which they are exposed.

Making early childhood development a social priority is a concrete investment in building a more just, more dynamic, more enlightened and more prosperous society. Globally, societies that invest in children and families in the early years have the best health status and the smallest inequality gap in this regard. As we are grappling with the COVID-19 pandemic, environmental disruptions, diversity and inclusion issues, and more, it is paramount to reassert the importance of putting early childhood development front and centre.

 

POSITION OF THE COLLECTIF PETITE ENFANCE

To make early childhood development a priority in Quebec, the Collectif petite enfance advocates for essential measures to secure the future and protect the well-being of every child in the province, from the womb through to preschool years.

The Collectif petite enfance is made up of 19 member organizations, together representing thousands of early childhood development advocates who are determined to make this issue a priority for Quebec.

 

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[1] SIMARD, Micha, Amélie LAVOIE et Nathalie AUDET (2018). Enquête québécoise sur le développement des enfants à la maternelle, 2017, Québec, Institut de ka statistique, 126p.
[2] Note that there are certain limits to this study, and some populations are not represented.