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History: What is UEY?

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Understanding the Early Years (UEY) is a research project that provides information to help strengthen the capacity of communities to make informed decisions about the best policies and most appropriate programs to offer families with young children.

It gathers information about kindergarten children, their families, and their communities.  Communities will use the information to build programs and services to help children reach their full potential in life.    

The project tells us:
- how well children are developing in the Selkirk-Interlake region
- the strengths and weaknesses of the community
- how ready children in Selkirk-Interlake are to begin learning at school

The project:
- is a national initiative funded and managed by HRSDC
- enables members of communities to work together
. to learn to collect and use local information as a catalyst for community action
. to address the needs of children from birth to age six.
- enables community members to understand the needs of their young children and families
. generates information on the development of kindergarten children, family and community factors which influence children’s development, community resources, and local socio-economic characteristics







The Understanding the Early Years initiative is funded by Human Resources and Skills Development Canada.  For further information, visit www.hrsdc.gc.ca