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Soc. Sci. 2015, 4(4), 1316-1334; doi:10.3390/socsci4041316

Intersectoral Mobilization in Child Development: An Outcome Assessment of the Survey of the School Readiness of Montreal Children

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Montreal Department of Public Health, 1301 Sherbrooke East, Montreal, QC H2L 1M3, Canada
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School of Public Health, University of Montreal, PO Box 6128 Station Centre-ville, Montreal, QC H3C 3J7 Canada
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Jeanne-Mance Health and Social Services Center Research Center, 1250 Sanguinet Street, Suite 477, Montreal, QC H2X 3E7, Canada
These authors contributed equally to this work.
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Academic Editor: Jerry D. Marx
Received: 16 October 2015 / Revised: 30 November 2015 / Accepted: 2 December 2015 / Published: 8 December 2015
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Abstract

In 2006, the department of public health in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, conducted the Survey of the School Readiness of Montreal Children. After unveiling the results in February 2008, it launched an appeal for intersectoral mobilization. This article documents the chain of events in the collective decision-making process that fostered ownership of the survey results and involvement in action. It also documents the impacts of those findings on intersectoral action and the organization of early childhood services four years later. The results show that the survey served as a catalyst for intersectoral action as reflected in the increased size and strength of the actor network and the formalization of the highly-anticipated collaboration between school and early childhood networks. Actors have made abundant use of survey results in planning and justifying the continuation of projects or implementation of new ones. A notable outcome, in all territories, has been the development of both transition-to-kindergarten tools and literacy activities. The portrait drawn by the research raises significant issues for public planning while serving as a reminder of the importance of intersectoral mobilization in providing support for multiple trajectories of child preschool development. View Full-Text
Keywords: population-level intervention; community mobilization; child development; school readiness; collective decision-making; knowledge transfer; early childhood services; public planning; early development instrument population-level intervention; community mobilization; child development; school readiness; collective decision-making; knowledge transfer; early childhood services; public planning; early development instrument
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Laurin, I.; Bilodeau, A.; Giguère, N.; Potvin, L. Intersectoral Mobilization in Child Development: An Outcome Assessment of the Survey of the School Readiness of Montreal Children. Soc. Sci. 2015, 4, 1316-1334.

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