In 2005 the Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Coalition for Report Cards on the Well-Being of Children was formed. The Coalition involved members of organization and agencies who work with children and their families in Wellington, Dufferin, and Guelph. The goal of this Coalition was to describe the population of young children and their families living in our community and to better understand the kinds of services and supports that are available for young children and their families. Since 2005, the Coalition has achieved significant milestones in order to fulfill their goal, including:
• 2007-The Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Children’s Charter was developed from the United Nations Convention. It was launch and endorsed by 58 community organizations.
• 2009-The first report card to describe the population of young children was launched and released to the community, The Well-Being of Children Ages Birth to Six: A Report Card for Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph.
• 2010-The Council of Opportunities for Children (COC) and the Coalition worked with local planning tables to secure funding for a Report Card Coordinator. This has allowed the Coalition to continue publishing the report cards in a timely manner.
• 2011-The second report card was released to the community, The Well-Being of Children Ages 7 to 13: A Report Card for Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph.
The image below visually describes the timeline.