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US paper examines the potential health inequalities of kindergarten aged children in regards to neighbourhood income and race/ethnicity data

In 2019 Dr. Janus collaborated with UCLA on a paper entitled: Measuring Equity From The Start: Disparities In The Health Development Of US Kindergartners which was recently accepted and published in the Journal of Health Affairs.  This paper examined the potential health inequalities of kindergarten aged children in regards to neighbourhood income and race/ethnicity data. https://www.healthaffairs.org/doi/10.1377/hlthaff.2020.00920

The state of early child development in Canada

A group of researchers from the University of Manitoba, McMaster University, and the University of British Columbia have written a discussion paper for the Public Health Agency of Canada on the current state and future direction of early child development in Canada.

Early Childhood Development in Canada: Current State of Knowledge and Future Directions

The discussion paper aims to summarize the current state of knowledge on early childhood development, based on the set of indicators in the Canadian Institute of Child Health’s 2017 Profile on the Health of Canada’s Children and Youth.

The paper describes how certain family factors impact the early years of children’s lives, including:

  • demographic characteristics
  • income and employment status
  • family and community characteristics
  • access to and use of health services
  • health status

The paper concludes with an overview of current policies, programs, and interventions that support early childhood development in Canada.

The report is also available in French.

Canadian Children’s Health in Context Study reveals impacts of SES on children with health disorders

A health disorder – either mental, such as autism or anxiety, or physical, such as asthma – early in life can have a big impact on the developmental trajectory of a child. Continue reading Canadian Children’s Health in Context Study reveals impacts of SES on children with health disorders

Results released for Quebec Survey of Child Development in Kindergarten

Quebec 2017

The second province-wide implementation of the EDI has taken place in Quebec, and the results show 27.7% of children are vulnerable in at least one area of their development. This is an increase from the 2012 collection, which showed 25.6% of children were vulnerable. Continue reading Results released for Quebec Survey of Child Development in Kindergarten