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Children's Secretariat

The PEI Children's Secretariat is a group of community and government representatives working across sectors, communities and departments as a collective voice to improve outcomes for children to age eight. 

In essence, the Secretariat is a "network of networks" that links with other existing networks and coalitions who are working on behalf of young children and their families. 

Activities focus on:
* profiling healthy child development
* promoting knowledge exchange and public education
* inspiring action, and
* influencing policy

Priority areas of action for 2009-2012 include:
* developing and promoting a province-wide Early Intervention Strategy,
* developing a framework for research and data collection in the early years, and 
* continuing Take 30 for the Family, a communications and social marketing program 

PEI Children's Secretariat membership includes representatives from seven government departments and 12 community networks as follows:

Government Departments

Education and Early Childhood Development

Social Services and Seniors

Health Community,

Cultural Affairs and Labour

Agriculture and Rural Development

Office of the Attorney General

Environment, Energy and Forestry


Community Networks

Pregnancy, Birth and Infancy

Parent Support

Healthy Lifestyles

Children's Mental Health

Children with Exceptional Needs

Children's Environmental Health

Family Literacy

Childhood Injury Prevention

Protecting our Children

Early Childhood Education and Care

Aboriginal Culture

Francophone and Acadian Culture

Public Health Agency of Canada

UPEI Research in Early Childhood Education Team

For more information contact: 
Sarah Henry 
Health Child Development Coordinator
(902) 438-4843 skhenry@gov.pe.ca

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