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Big change starts small

We’re on a mission to transform society through early childhood

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The Duchess of Cambridge and the Royal Foundation Centre for Early Childhood visit Denmark

The Duchess of Cambridge takes part in a working visit to Copenhagen with the Royal Foundation Centre for Early Childhood.

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The Duchess of Cambridge meets health visitors at the Copenhagen Infant Mental Health Project

Our early childhoods, the time from pregnancy to five, fundamentally shape our whole lives. Through research, campaigns and collaboration we’re working to change the way we think and act on the early years so that together we can build a happier, healthier, more nurturing world. 

“The early years are not simply about how we raise our children. They are about the society we will become.”

— The Duchess of Cambridge
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How we work



We believe the case for early childhood starts with science and data. We support, deliver and showcase high-quality research to shape our activity, to increase knowledge and to promote best practice.



We believe that tackling the toughest challenges in early childhood and achieving the biggest, long-term impact requires people coming together. We will collaborate with people from across the private, public and voluntary sectors and all walks of life to make positive change.


Creating change

We believe that to achieve transformative societal impact we all need to understand why early childhood matters and what we can do to make lasting change. We will raise awareness and inspire action through creative campaigns and activity.