The Regina Children's Initiative (RCI) was created in 2011, emerging from many key activities, research, and strategies in our region, province and country. The RCI builds upon the work of the Regina & Area Childhood Network (RAECN) and that of many other agencies and organizations in our community.

Understanding the Early Years Regina (UEY) Research

In mid-2010, the Understanding the Early Years Initiative (UEY) concluded a 3-year research and knowledge-building project in Regina. UEY was funded and supported by Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

The highlight of UEY Regina's research focused on kindergarten children in Regina. Each kindergarten child in Regina during the 2008-09 school year was studied by his or her teacher using the Early Development Instrument (EDI), a measurement tool developed by the Offord Centre for Child Studies at McMaster University.

EDI results showed that kindergarten children in Regina scored significantly lower that their Canadian peers in all aspects of their development (physical, emotional, social, language and cognitive skills, and communication skills and general knowledge). Vulnerable children were found throughout Regina, and throughout all demographic groups.

When the Understanding the Early Years Initiative concluded in mid-2010, the partner organizations who were involved throughout the initiative collaborated to form the Regina Children's Initiative, a local and long-term community-based initiative.

"The UEY Regina project showed us that currently, Regina children lag in their development in physical and intellectual tasks compared to other children in Canada. The charter marks the beginning of a long-term plan that will benefit Regina children, their families and the community.”
                                                                                                             - Former Regina Mayor Pat Fiacco (Nov. 2010)

To download the Understanding the Early Years Regina Community Mapping Report and other publications, click here.

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