We would like to thank and acknowledge the Vancouver Society of Children’s Centres for contributing photographs of their children, families, and programs in support of this important initiative.

VANCOUVER EARLY YEARS PARTNERSHIP © 2019

A STRONGER ECONOMY

Social and emotional learning in the early years aids in future employment and economic benefits for society.

From the early years
to the earning years.

Beyond the positive impacts to brain development, success in school and society as a whole, social and emotional development in the early years has been directly tied to important economic impacts as well – from greater income for SEL-equipped individuals (and higher tax revenue as a result), to various economic benefits for us all.

Since an emphasis on SEL can prevent costly health, policing, employment and other deficits from emerging in the first place, all evidence points to the importance of starting as early as possible. The research is clear: SEL benefits children from all walks of life equally, the returns are significant, and the cost of doing nothing is far too great.

“Quality early learning and development programs can foster valuable skills, strengthen our workforce, grow our economy and reduce social spending.”

– Professor James J. Heckman, Nobel Laureate in Economics

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