The purpose of the Joint Intervention Initiative for Early Childhood Development (JIIECD) is to support the development of the children of Québec, improve their school readiness and enhance their success in school. The first phase involves conducting the Québec Survey of Child Development in Kindergarten (QSCDK). The second phase consists of implementing actions that may support child development on the basis of the results obtained in the first phase. Several partners are collaborating in this initiative: the Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux (MSSS), the Ministère de l'Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport (MELS), the Ministère de la Famille, the organization Avenir d'enfants and the Institut de la statistique du Québec (ISQ).
The intervention working group [JIIECD intervention support phase], a committee of partners from the project and from the Institut national de santé publique du Québec (INSPQ), has tasked itself with supporting the planning of actions by considering the policies, the current range of early childhood services and the conditions for success connected to the most effective interventions. The MSSS has directed the INSPQ to present the state of knowledge on the characteristics of the actions most likely to promote total child development. The objective is to support the regional respondents and the local stakeholders in their choice of actions.