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The future of Quebec is in the hands of our youngest citizens

Main objective 

Make early childhood development a priority for Quebec and provide every child, from the womb until age 5, with the means to realize their full potential.

Specific goals

  • Provide information on how young children are faring in our society. 
  • Raise awareness at every level of society about the benefits and outcomes of taking collective action in the early years of a child’s life. 
  • Engage people at every level of society and emphasize the importance of early intervention. 
  • Shine the spotlight on achievements by various stakeholders in nurturing the development of babies, toddlers and preschoolers. 
  • Knock down silos and better connect with vulnerable families throughout the early childhood periods, from conception to age 5.
  • Put winning conditions in place to implement public policies and programs conducive to early childhood development and family well-being. 

The origins of Early Childhood Week 

In 2009, Avenir d’enfants began actively connecting with a wide range of local and regional stakeholders around the province to address issues related to early childhood development, from the perinatal period to preschool. The Tous pour eux forum in November 2015 spoke volumes about the power of this commitment.

The idea of creating an Early Childhood Week emerged during this forum.

Thus was born a movement, bringing together engaged organizations and individuals to put issues concerning young children front and centre.

These partners are committed to making Early Childhood Week an opportunity to promote awareness, dialogue and engagement regarding the development of the very youngest members of society.

World Children’s Day — November 20 

Young children are the future of our society in Quebec, but they’re also our present.

World Children’s Day was first established in 1954 and is celebrated annually on November 20 to promote international togetherness, raise awareness among children worldwide and improve children’s welfare. It offers each of us an inspirational entry point to advocate, promote and celebrate children's rights, translating this into dialogue and actions that will build a better world for children. (from the United Nations website)

Children have the right to be respected as individuals and to grow up in an environment that allows them to achieve their full potential.

Early childhood development timeline in Quebec

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Previous years

For many years now, Early Childhood Week has brought a host of important projects, learning opportunities and achievements to the fore. 

One of the event’s greatest accomplishments has been rallying together early childhood and perinatal stakeholders from across the province. Over time, other partners from non-traditional spheres have added their voices to the movement to make our youngest citizens a true priority for our

2020

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The 5th annual Early Childhood Week marked the first year the event was coordinated by the Collectif petite enfance, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Even though public gatherings were not an option, there were still more than 200 activities organized, many of them virtual, in communities across the…

The 5th annual Early Childhood Week marked the first year the event was coordinated by the Collectif petite enfance, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Even though public gatherings were not an option, there were still more than 200 activities organized, many of them virtual, in communities across the province. Journalist Jamie Orchard and TV/radio host André Robitaille helped us produce six very special video interviews addressing key early childhood development issues. More than 60 people signed an op-ed that was published in six Quebec newspapers, asserting that COVID-19 would have long-term repercussions on young children. Given that we were not able to arrange meetings with any elected officials, we opted instead to send a letter to various provincial (125) and municipal (1,131) politicians.

2019

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More than 50 people signed an op-ed that was published in six Quebec newspapers, stating unequivocally that every child deserves an equal chance to succeed. During the week, close to 500 activities were organized by ECW partners across the province, and a motion was tabled by the Minister of Families…

More than 50 people signed an op-ed that was published in six Quebec newspapers, stating unequivocally that every child deserves an equal chance to succeed. During the week, close to 500 activities were organized by ECW partners across the province, and a motion was tabled by the Minister of Families in the Quebec National Assembly. More than a dozen ambassadors from various walks of life actively promoted Early Childhood Week through a wide range of forums. Six of these ambassadors – Kim Boutin, member of the Canadian national short track speed skating team and Olympic athlete; Louise Deschâtelets, actor and columnist; Christiane Germain, Co-President of Germain Hôtels; Vincent Graton, actor; Marie-Josée Richer, Co-Founder, PRANA; and Guillaume Vermette, philanthropic clown – also appeared in promotional videos around the theme of early childhood memories.

2018

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An op-ed entitled “Is Quebec Doing Enough for Young Children?” was signed by 56 people. In addition, the Grand Rally for Our Little Ones brought together close to 600 early childhood development stakeholders, including decision-makers from the local, regional and provincial level. The rally was one of the highlights of…

An op-ed entitled “Is Quebec Doing Enough for Young Children?” was signed by 56 people. In addition, the Grand Rally for Our Little Ones brought together close to 600 early childhood development stakeholders, including decision-makers from the local, regional and provincial level. The rally was one of the highlights of the 2018 event, attracting some much-needed attention to the growing movement to be more responsive to the needs of children and babies 5 and under.

2017

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In 2017, 52 individuals and organizations from the political, media, union and business communities signed our “Letter from Grown-Ups to Our Little Ones.” That same year, close to 40% of Early Childhood Week activities were held in public libraries throughout Quebec as part of the Participating Libraries project.…

In 2017, 52 individuals and organizations from the political, media, union and business communities signed our “Letter from Grown-Ups to Our Little Ones.” That same year, close to 40% of Early Childhood Week activities were held in public libraries throughout Quebec as part of the Participating Libraries project.

2016

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Thousands of signatures supporting our “Letter from Grown-Ups to Our Little Ones,” the media launch of the first portrait of children aged 5 and under in Quebec, a wide range of local and regional activities, and the mobilization of multiple groups in society in support of early childhood development: these…

Thousands of signatures supporting our “Letter from Grown-Ups to Our Little Ones,” the media launch of the first portrait of children aged 5 and under in Quebec, a wide range of local and regional activities, and the mobilization of multiple groups in society in support of early childhood development: these are some of the fantastic outcomes of the very first Early Childhood Week.