Foundations for Flourishing Futures

A Look Ahead for Young Children and Families

In a flourishing society, every person would have strong foundations on which they could build a fulfilling life and determine their own path. They would have full and equitable access to high-quality education, as well as to artistic and cultural assets; would be mentally, physically and spiritually well; would have the ability to develop strong relationships and to contribute to their community and would enjoy personal and family stability. Research across disciplines shows that, while everyone needs these opportunities throughout their lives, having them in the first eight years of life is particularly essential. Even so, society has not yet delivered on its fundamental promises of equity, abundant opportunity and universal dignity for every young child and all families.

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