Quick Facts

Aboriginal Child Wellness...

"results from the balance of the Physical, Mental, Emotional and Spiritual dimensions of the individual, family and community." Terrellyn Fearn, Spirit Moon Consulting

You're More Influential Than You Think...

"ALL caregivers who are a part of a child’s life impact his/her brain development". Marsico Institute for Early Learning and Literacy

The Truth About Toys...

"Children do not need special toys or videos to stimulate their brain development". Marsico Institute for Early Learning and Literacy

Early Literacy and Brain Development...

"Reading aloud to children helps stimulate brain development, yet only 50% of infants and toddlers are routinely read to by their parents". Marsico Institute for Early Learning and Literacy

Brain Development...

"60% of all the energy a baby expends is concentrated in the brain". Marsico Institute for Early Learning and Literacy

Raising Canada to the average level of early childhood investment in other advanced economies would cost $3 to $4 billion...

Raising Canada to the average level of early childhood investment in other advanced economies would cost $3 to $4 billion. That's about the same amount taxpayers spend annually on prison. Source: TD Economics report, 2013/Correctional Investigator of Canada, 2012.

Early Childhood Education a worthwhile investment...

"If you compare the rate of return to investment in early childhood, what you find is the rate of return is as high as it is on portfolios held in the Dow Jones, between 1945 and 2005, before the meltdown. So what you're getting is a very high return from a purely business standpoint." Nobel Prize winning economist James Heckman

The First Five Years of a Child's Life Provide the Blueprint for their Cognitive Well Being Throughout Life....

In the first six years of life, our genes are particularly sensitive to the environment. The interaction of nature and nurture “sculpts” the developing brain and other key biological systems. The regions of the brain that are highly sensitive to the environment during this period include all the basic competencies that we need to thrive throughout life, such as vision, hearing, emotional control, and cognitive competencies to interpret symbols and language.

32% of BC Children Enter Kindergarten with Some Form of Deficit in their Early Childhood Development...

Only 68% of BC children arrive at kindergarten meeting all of the healthy development benchmarks that they need to thrive both now and into the future… 32% of children are vulnerable to less than optimal physical, socio-emotional and cognitive development. (EDI, HELP UBC 2013)

Bonding with your Baby is a Key to their Healthy Development...

One of the key factors in raising a happy and confident child is building a strong, healthy emotional attachment by bonding with your baby.

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