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Health Equity

Healthy Childhood Development



…of Simcoe Muskoka children (under 18 years) live in low income.

The experiences that take place during early childhood, including living conditions, early education, and bonding and parental relationship influence how well a child grows into a healthy adult, how well they do in school, and how well they learn to cope with stress. All these factors will play a role on a child’s future education and employment possibilities, and the chance for good health.

What can be done?

You can: Learn about Ontario Early Years Centres, and the Community Action Program for Children.

Communities can: Provide supportive free or low cost programming for families/care givers with children 0-6 years old.

Governments can: Ensure access to early learning and child care by creating a universal high quality and affordable child care program.


Child-care costs rising

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