Crime prevention starts in early childhood

Source: Chronicle Herald, February 8, 2012

Excerpt: "Youth (12-17 years of age) crime is higher in Nova Scotia than the Canadian average: 8,903 per 100,000 people in 2010 compared to a national rate of 6,147 (Statistics Canada). In response, politicians, professionals in the justice sector and other stakeholders have devised various programs for "at-risk youth.... Research tells us that these intensive programs are costly, don’t reach all who need them, and start too late. It turns out that it’s much easier and less expensive to start in early childhood, a life stage that is rarely mentioned when people talk about crime prevention.... Some places — for example, Scandinavian countries and Cuba — have made access to quality early childhood education (ECE) programs a priority for all young children, rich and poor. The results are large drops in school failure, juvenile delinquency and child poverty ("


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