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Growth & Development

May 7, 2018

Health in Early Childhood sets the Foundation for Overall Well-Being in Adulthood

Healthy childhood development is affected by things like employment, education, income, where we live, and social networks, these are also referred to as a social determinant of health, and are a valuable investment for all communities. Physical, emotional and language skills learned early on in life contributes to confidence (feeling proud), competency (completing tasks) and resiliency (bouncing back from a hard day) across the lifespan.

Why is a healthy childhood a concern in Leeds, Grenville and Lanark?

  • The Early Developmental Instrument (EDI) is a tool used to indicate level of risk related to child development in comparison to the Province of Ontario
  • In 2016, the Early Developmental Instrument (EDI) indicated that in Leeds and Grenville, children are at increased risk with regards to their physical health and well-being, social competence and emotional maturity as compared to children in Ontario
    • 23.1% of children were not “on track” with their physical health and well-being and 28.8% of kids were identified as having a concern regarding their emotional maturity
  • In Lanark County, EDI scores, in 2016, highlight that children are at increased risk in language and cognitive development as compared to children in Ontario
    • 19.1% of children were not “on track” with their physical health and well-being and 23.6% of kids were identified as having a concern regarding their emotional maturity

The health of children is directly related to the ability of parents to have:

  • Enough income (Basic Income Guarantee, Living Wage, secure employment, equal pay for equal work – Fair Workplaces, Better Job Act, 2017) to meet basic needs and provide opportunities for sports, art and cultural experiences
  • Access to safe and affordable housing
  • Access to high quality child care and education services

Who is supporting healthy child development?

  • Healthy Babies Healthy Children
  • Prenatal Classes
  • EarlyON Centres
  • Triple P Community Service Providers
  • Primary Care Providers
  • Homeward Bound Program
  • Child Tax Benefits (Universal – for everyone), Ontario Works, subsidized childcare and housing (Targeted – based on criteria for access)

For more information:

  • Call 1-800-660-5853
  • Ask your health care provider
  • Contact your local EarlyON Child and Family Centre

Contact

Tanis Brown, Public Health Nurse at 613-345-5685 or
Jenny Vandermeer, Public Health Nurse 613-283-2740 or
Susan Healey, Communications Co-ordinator 613-802-0550


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