Quick Facts

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.

Reading Often to your Child Benefits their Learning Success...

Early success in school is significantly increased when children have had at least a thousand books read to them by the time they are 5 years-old. Literacy development is enhanced and emotional bonds are strengthened when families read together.

Investing in Early Childhood Development is Good Fiscal Policy...

Economists have calculated that for every dollar invested in promoting early childhood supports and services including child care, at least two dollars are saved in later social costs. If that dollar is invested in children who are at risk, we can witness a future financial savings of up to $7 for every dollar invested.

Early Childhood Development & Childcare...

Research shows that a lack of high-quality child care and/or early education can cost children’s learning and social skills when they enter school; choosing a quality child care provider is an important decision that requires information.

Early Childhood Learning & Brain Development...

Early experiences during childhood help shape the brain’s wiring; these important experiences determine a child’s brain structure, shaping the way one learns, thinks and behaves for the rest of their lives.