There are 3,600 kids in Point Douglas, which, for health researchers crunching numbers, includes much of the North End and the traditional downtown peninsula. The area has some of the worst outcomes for children in Winnipeg -- the lowest breastfeeding rates, the highest rate of single parents, the highest rate of new mothers on social assistance and many other troubling statistics. Here are a few more:
Not ready for school
More than 40 per cent of kids in Point Douglas aren't ready for kindergarten, according to data gathered through the early development instrument, a survey kindergarten teachers fill out for students. It's an indicator used across Canada, and Manitoba's data show nearly a third of kids don't have the social, communication and emotional skills to be ready for school. Point Douglas has the worst rate of any Winnipeg neighbourhood or regional health authority in the province.
Poor prenatal care
Nearly 20 per cent of Point Douglas mothers report having inadequate prenatal care -- the highest in Winnipeg and more than double the city average.
Psychological distress among new moms
Nearly 20 per cent of new moms in Point Douglas are diagnosed with psychological distress within the first year of giving birth -- about five points higher than Winnipeg's average, and among the worst in the city.
-- source: Manitoba Centre for Health Policy, various reports.