Québec’s wee ones are not just the future of our society, they’re also its present
For the past four years, Early Childhood Week has brought many important projects, learning opportunities and achievements to the fore.
One of the event’s greatest accomplishments has been rallying together perinatal and early childhood 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 society.
The first annual Early Childhood Week is a success!
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 2018, 56 people signed our opinion letter, entitled “Is Quebec Doing Enough for Young Children?”. In addition, the Grand Rally for Our Little Ones brought together close to 600 early childhood 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.
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.