Healthy Children

To learn and grow to their full potential, young children must be healthy – this includes physical, mental, social and emotional well-being. Ensuring good health begins before birth – and when health issues are identified in the first few years, early intervention can keep a child’s development on track.

That is why the Early Childhood Advisory Council (ECAC) is making Healthy Children a priority. We are working to make sure every child has access to comprehensive, coordinated health services. Our focus includes training more early childhood professionals to better identify health issues, establishing routine developmental screenings and promoting more nutritious meals and exercise at early childhood centers.

ECAC Desired Outcomes: Healthy Children

The following desired outcomes guide the ECAC’s work on Healthy Children:

  • Inclusion: Families are recognized and respected in the broadest possible terms, including heterosexual and same sex couples; single-parent families; extended patterns of kinship, step-families and blended families; couples with and without children.
  • Partnership: Parents need to be considered as experts in their children and need to be included in any decisions made about their care and education. Parental input should be considered whenever policies are being developed or changed.
  • Environment: Families provide children with safe and healthy environments free from abuse, neglect, and domestic violence.
  • Relationships: Families provide children with positive, nurturing, consistent relationships.
  • Adequate, stable employment: Families have adequate and stable employment and income so that their basic needs (food, shelter, and clothing) are met.
  • Information: Families have the knowledge, skills, confidence, and social support to nurture the health, safety, and positive development of children, including those with delays or disabilities.
  • Special Needs: Parents with physical, mental health, addiction or other challenges receive the support they need to care for their children.
  • Support Services: Families are empowered to seek, use, and actively participate in supportive services.

 

Supporting Healthy Children:

The ECAC is working to support healthy children through the

Promoting Healthy Development Work Group