Our mission: to prevent poverty by focusing on educational success
Our mission is to prevent poverty. To achieve
this objective, we have chosen to contribute to the educational
success of young Quebecers by helping them develop
their full potential and by helping to create the
conditions that will meet their needs as well as those of their
We target the educational success of young
Quebecers so that they will become independent, fulfilled parents.
By "educational success," we mean the development of each child's
full potential from conception to 17 years of age so that he or she
will grow to be an adult who is educated, qualified, socially
skilled and who has adopted a healthy lifestyle.
The development every aspect of a child's potential (physical,
psychological, cognitive, social, affective) is an incredibly
complex process. An initiative that focuses on one particular
aspect cannot be expected to solve all problems, have an impact on
all factors or be applicable to every milieu.
The Foundation has a broad vision of all the individual
and social factors that affect childhood development and
of the actions that can contribute to achieving its mission: to
prevent poverty by focusing on educational success.
We also believe that many innovative, effective and
lasting solutions have to be tested and put into
widespread use. The Foundation's status as a philanthropic
organization allows it to come up with new ideas and
to provide the means to make them happen.
One of the Foundation's approaches is to promote the
mobilization of a large number of civil society
actors -- organizations, institutions, stakeholders
and parents -- in order to spark the creation and implementation of
appropriate solutions. We believe that individuals who are present
in children's lives are particularly well-placed to contribute to
their development, starting with their parents and
family, as well as the local
actors who work in the communities where those children
live, especially in areas where many of them are living in
It is this belief that led the Foundation to set up, in 2007,
long-term partnerships with the Quebec
government to support local and regional mobilization in
areas that are critical to educational success: early childhood
development, healthy lifestyle habits and student retention.
To help communities mobilize effectively, moreover, the
Foundation strives to provide them with the support they need to
develop all the capacities and resources required to meet their
To complement actions resulting from community mobilization and
create conditions and environments that are conducive to
educational success, the Foundation has set up
tools and organized provincial awareness
campaigns on the importance of early childhood
development for the intention of parents and all the
community, social, economic and public actors in Quebec
The Foundation's primary awareness tool is Naître et
grandir, which comes in several forms: a magazine, a website and a communication
initiative intended mainly for parents of young children.
The Foundation also maintains connections with
organizations, stakeholders and institutions that are
recognized leaders in their fields and known for their capacity to
bring about positive change within Quebec society. Thus, the
Foundation is a member of the Early Child
Development Funders Working Group, a cross-Canada network
involving eight foundations.