'It takes a village to raise a child' campaign launched to spread the word about Toronto's new Raising the Village initiative

village-2villageThis initiative promotes the availability of new data, research and tools that measure the well-being of Toronto's children and families. With this new information, governmental and community partners can work together to improve the outcomes for these children and their families.Raising the Village was developed by the Toronto Child and Family Network in partnership with Toronto Children's Services. Along with extensive research, Raising the Village contains 28 child health and well-being indicators from a variety of sources. There is also a new tool for planning and policy-making that shows areas of Toronto with the highest inequities, called the Child and Families Inequities Score. Raising the Village is accessible online at http://www.toronto.ca/raisingthevillage"Through Raising the Village, we can see that children from different socioeconomic backgrounds are experiencing different outcomes," said Elaine Baxter-Trahair, General Manager of the City's Children's Services division. "This initiative will help us address these gaps so that we can improve the health and well-being of all children across this city."Members of the public are invited to join in a conversation about how Toronto can become a child-friendly city through the hashtag #childfriendlyTO.

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