Following up our fast facts about the economic impact of investing in early childhood, this month we’ll be highlighting the rippling effects that every citizen’s physical and mental health have on the whole of society. Use this information to start a conversation with candidates and representatives you encounter to help figure out where the best checkbox for your vote is!
Did You Know?
- A child who suffers from 3 or more Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) is more likely to suffer from physical and mental health issues, including pulmonary, heart and liver disease, depression and substance abuse
- Healthy brain development and executive function skills are necessary for positive and level mental health, school readiness and academic success, workplace productivity, and civic participation
- Only 13% of 3- to 4-year-olds in Canada get enough daily exercise. Physical activity improves cognition, brain function and mental health
Ask candidates and representatives what their parties’ plans are to address and improve mental health amongst children and their primary caregivers, and check out more facts (and their sources) at http://www.2000days.ca/an-integrated-approach-to-early-childhood-develpment/
The Calgary NW ECD Coalitions consist of three coalitions who have joined forces with parents, community members, organizations and professionals, who are all working together to better the lives of young children and their families. We are always looking for interested parties to join our coalitions.
If you are passionate about children and their future and would like more information about the Calgary NW ECD Coalitions, or if you have any questions, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.