Who we are
The Observatory for Children’s Education and Health, financed by the Fond de recherche du Québec – Société et culture is a center coordinating research on the short- and long-term impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on children’s education, and on the identification of mitigating strategies for the post-pandemic recovery. The observatory is funded by
Although children and teenagers are less affected by COVID-19 infection than adults, they nonetheless suffer from the social and economic consequences of the current pandemic. Directly or indirectly, the pandemic affects the lifetime trajectory of many young people, particularly those with social vulnerability or medical risk factors. The scientific community has been proactive in noting the adverse effects of the pandemic and researching solutions, but to date these efforts have been scattered and disperse. We propose to set up an organized infrastructure for research and innovation, a world-class pole of excellence, to allow researchers and decision-makers to work together on minimizing the impact of COVID-19 on child health, psychosocial development, education, and economic outcomes. We aim to combine the strengths of administrative and research data in a Research Platform for Understanding Child Development, Health, and Education (Observatoire pour l’Éducation et la Santé des Enfants, OPES). This platform could play a leading role in informed decision-making, maximizing the health and welfare of the next generation, our social capital.
long-term development of children and adolescents, and to enhance our understanding of the risk and protective factors related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
innovative social interventions and/or technologies to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
researchers to conduct world-class research in a multidisciplinary framework.
on existing longitudinal studies and upgrade them with data to facilitate comparisons before, during, and after the pandemic.
with the Quebec Statistics Institute (Institut de la statistique du Québec, ISQ), whose mandate is to facilitate access to large administrative databases in Quebec.
with the Quebec Statistics Institute and the Quebec Ministries of Health, Education, Family, and Employment and Social Solidarity.
Université de Montréal
Co-director – Infection and immunity axis
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