© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Britain’s Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, leaves after a visit to HMP Send in Woking, Britain, on January 22, 2020. REUTERS / Peter Nicholls
LONDON (Reuters) – Kate, the British Duchess of Cambridge, opened a new early childhood center on Friday with the aim of increasing the importance of children’s first five years of life and seeking to “transform society for generations to come. “, his office. saying.
The center, created as part of the Royal Kate and her husband Prince William Foundation charity, will focus on three main areas: promoting high-quality research; work with experts from all sectors to find solutions; and the development of campaigns to create awareness and inspire actions.
“I have spoken with psychiatrists and neuroscientists, with doctors, academics and parents alike, and what has become clear is that the best investment for our future health and happiness is in the first five years of life,” said Kate.
“By working together, I hope we can change the way we think about early childhood and transform the lives of generations to come.”
Kensington Palace said Kate, who has three young children with William between the ages of three and seven, had seen firsthand since she became royalty more than a decade ago how problems, from addiction and Violence up to family breakdown and homelessness had its roots in the early years. of life.
To coincide with the launch, the center has published a report ‘Big Change Starts Small’, written with the help of the London School of Economics and the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University.
This estimated that the cost of not taking preventive measures in early childhood in England alone was 16.13 billion pounds ($ 22.5 billion), and society paid for corrective actions, such as for children who are under long-term mental health care.
The announcement comes a week after US First Lady Jill Biden joined Kate on a visit to a school during the Group of Seven leaders’ summit in Cornwall, southwest England, where they also met with a group of experts on childhood from Great Britain and the United States. .
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