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Early Child Development

Early Years Task Force

  • Dr. Robin C. Williams, Chair
  • Dr. Richa Agnihotri 
  • Dr. Sanjeev Bhatla, College of Family Physicians of Canada
  • Dr. Jean Clinton
  • Dr. Emmett Francoeur
  • Dr. Kassia Johnson
  • Dr. Katherine Matheson, Canadian Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Dr. Anne Murphy Savoie
  • Dr. Alyson Shaw

Early experiences have a lasting and far-reaching impact on health, development, and later life. During the early years, children’s experiences can either nurture health and resiliency, or make them vulnerable to poor health and development. If children are supported with positive environments and social experiences, their future will look bright. But if they experience chronic stressors such as poverty, maternal depression, abuse or neglect, their development and health may be disrupted or undermined.


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Last updated: Jun 5, 2024