«It is crucial that the situation of children between the ages of 0 and 5 be accurately documented in order to incite dialogue in our society. »
Claude Chagnon, President
Lucie and André Chagnon Foundation
The mission of the Early Childhood Observatory, a project of the Lucie and André Chagnon Foundation, is to help ensure that the development and well-being of Quebec’s very youngest children has a place at the top of the province’s list of social priorities.
To achieve its mission, the Observatory intends to answer two key questions:
- How are Quebec’s youngest children faring?
- What kind of environments are they growing up in?
To answer those questions, the Observatory has created key indicators based on the most rigorous, pertinent data on the development and well-being of children living in Quebec—from the time their mother is pregnant until they reach the age of 5—as well as on the environments in which they are growing up.
Placed in context in the form of Special Reports these data will inform public opinion on the most important issues related to the development and welfare of Quebec’s youngest children.
Through its actions, the Observatory proposes to spark reflection and dialogue among individual citizens, influencers and political decision-makers in the hope of encouraging more informed social choices in the area of early childhood.