According to BBC, Kate Middleton has launched her own Centre for Early Childhood, to raise awareness of the importance of early years and help “transform lives”.
Described by Kensington Palace as a landmark step” in her work, the duchess said she wanted to “create a happier, more mentally healthy, more nurturing society”.
For her early childhood is the “social equivalent to climate change” but it is not discussed “with the same seriousness.”
BBC reported, citing an aide, “the duchess has made the observation that the more you learn about the science of early childhood, whether it’s brain development, social science, what it means for our adult mental health, the more you realise that this is the social equivalent to climate change.”
“The centre raises awareness of why the first five years of life are just so important for our future life outcomes, and what the society can do to embrace this golden opportunity to create a happier, more mentally healthy, more nurturing society”, Kate said in a video to mark the launch of the Royal Foundation Centre for Early Childhood.
The centre will focus on research, working with people across the private, public and voluntary sectors on new solutions and campaigning to raise awareness.
Early childhood has been a focus of the duchess’s decade as a member of the Royal Family, as she has looked at issues including family breakdown, mental health and the school environment.
In November, the duchess published research on the role of early years in shaping adulthood, which found that only one in four people recognised the importance of the first five years of a child’s life.
More than half a million people took part in the “five big questions on the under-fives” Ipsos Mori poll – the biggest public response to a survey of its kind.
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