Did you know that the first six years of my life will affect my learning, behaviour and health for the rest of my life? For me to grow into a happy and healthy big person, I need support from my family, neighborhood and community.
My early experiences shape the way my brain develops. Right from birth I benefit from people talking with me and reading to me. As I grow older I benefit from opportunities to play and explore. I learn best from PLAY!
If I have positive early experiences, I will be able to overcome setbacks or adversity later in life.
However, if my experiences are negative, I am more likely to develop addictions, have poor mental health and chronic health conditions.
A recent study shows children living in Southeast Saskatchewan are behnd their Canadian peers in two key areas of healthy growth and development ~ physical health & well-being and language % cognitive development. One in four children were found to be challenged in at least one area of development.
As a community we have some work to do to better support families with young children. Areas of particular concern include early literacy and gross & fine motor skill development.
Help us share the news that we need positive experiences and stimulation ~ not only from our families, but from our community too! Our first six years affect our learning, behaviour and health for the rest of our lives!
Investment in early childhood brings greater returns than investment in any other stage of human development or education. Investing in high quality early childhood programs is key to a strong economy.
How Can You Help?
1. Get involved in your community and promote Early Childhood Development programs for families.
2. Advocate for Smart Family Policies, such as:
- increased parental leave
- parenting education and home visiting programs
- high quality early care and education programs