Children's Rights More Important than ever on National Child Day in Peel

Success By 6 Peel celebrates with Special Deliveries to Peel Hospitals

MISSISSAUGA, ON, Nov. 18 /CNW/ - On November 20, 2009, the world will mark the 20th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and in Peel, Success By 6 Peel (http://www.successby6peel.ca/) will be taking stock of how much progress has been made in furthering the rights of children.

"National Child Day in Peel and the 20th anniversary of CRC is a time for celebration because of all the progress we've made in helping children develop to their fullest potential," said Success By 6 Peel Director Elena DiBattista, "but we should also use the occasion to reflect on the fact that the challenges facing young children and families in Peel and around the world are growing."

Some of those challenges include higher levels of poverty, accessibility, long waiting lists in housing, high unemployment and increased incidence of family breakdown. The group most affected by this increase in social and economic problems is children.

That fact is confirmed in Status of Children 2009, a report released by Success By 6 Peel to coincide with National Child Day in Peel. For the first time, Success By 6 Peel is presenting data and research that aligns with what children said should be included in the Peel Children's Charter of Rights (http://www.successby6peel.ca/). "With 1 in 5, or 21,200 children in Peel living in poverty, the report confirms that we need to keep the focus on improving the prospects for young children," said Ms. DiBattista.

Success By 6 Peel will be putting children first on National Child Day in Peel. On November 20, representatives will be visiting Credit Valley Hospital, Trillium Health Centre, and William Osler Health Centre to present the Children's Charter of Rights and a special gift to babies born on that day.

"The release of Status of Children 2009 (http://www.successby6peel.ca/PDF/status_of_children_2009_booklet.pdf) is recognition of our commitment to our partners and to our goal of working together to improve services and supports for children and families," concludes Ms. DiBattista. "With the right care and resources, we know that today's children can become tomorrow's leaders."

About Success By 6 Peel

Success By 6 Peel is a regional collaborative with more than forty partners drawn from business, labour, education, recreation, health, human services and government. The United Way of Peel Region holds the Success By 6 Peel license and has empowered the collaborative to lead the way in closing gaps in services and supports so our youngest children have the opportunity to develop to their full potential.

SOURCE SUCCESS BY 6 PEEL

For further information: For further information: Media contact: Beth Williams, Senior Communications Manager, (905) 602-3631, bwilliams@unitedwaypeel.org

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