Early childhood health
Project with Canada-wide Impacts
Plan and implement interventions to improve access for Francophone early childhood to health and wellness services, using a comprehensive approach (community programs, learning opportunities, knowledge products, support services, partnerships). Improve the well-being of parents, starting with the prenatal period, as well as children from 0 to 6 years old and their families in Francophone and Acadian minority communities (CFASM). Engage communities in taking charge of their health, well-being and overall health services.
Société Santé en français (SSF) has good company in promoting early-childhood health for francophones
On November 19, 2019, the directors of Canada’s 16 French-language health networks, members of Francophone parents’ associations and other stakeholders met for a one-day conference on promoting health for Francophones in early childhood. This conference marked the official launch of Petite enfance en santé [early-childhood health], a three-year project with this same goal, funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada.
At this conference, the participants developed their knowledge, gained inspiration and equipped themselves to work on this project to promote the health of young Francophone children in collaboration with partners from various sectors. The day’s activities also facilitated networking among the participants, which augurs well for the upcoming phases of the project.
As part of the project’s official launch, support for its deployment was confirmed by its five main national partners: the SSF, the CNPF, the ACUFC, the FNCSF and the RDÉE. Each of these partners will contribute complementary expertise in various areas to promote health for Francophones in early childhood.
Comité de gestion nationale en petite enfance
The Comité de gestion nationale en petite enfance (national early childhood management committee) manages and administers the funds granted by the federal government for implementing initiatives intended for early childhood development and French-language childcare services, as well as for the improvement of health and wellbeing of young children in Francophone and Acadian minority communities in Canada. The funding of initiatives comes from the Action Plan for official languages 2018-2023: Investing in Our Future, and is supported by Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) and the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC).