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    Enquête québécoise sur le parcours préscolaire des enfants de maternelle (EQPPEM) (in French only)

    The objective of this survey is to learn more about the preschool path of children in kindergarten, such as childcare attendance, early childhood experiences, and various aspects of their family environment. Some parents will also be asked questions about the 4-year-old kindergarten program.

    Frequently asked questions

    What is the Institut de la statistique du Québec?

    The Institut de la statistique du Québec, also known as Statistique Québec, is a government agency whose mission is to produce, analyze and disseminate official, objective and quality statistics on various aspects of Québec society.

    How do I participate in the survey?

    Statistique Québec will call you in November 2021 or thereafter to complete a 25-minute questionnaire over the phone. You do not need to prepare anything. If you are not available when we call, you can let us know what time would be more convenient for you.

    Why was I chosen for the survey?

    Your name was chosen at random, just like that of thousands of parents whose children are eligible for the Québec Survey of Child Development in Kindergarten (QSCDK).

    The personal information needed for this study, including your contact information, was obtained from the Ministère de l’Éducation (MEQ) under an agreement with the Ministère that respects privacy rules.

    Do I have to take part in this survey?

    Your participation in the survey is voluntary, but important, because it will allow us to obtain a complete picture of children in kindergarten. The children’s level of development will be linked with information about their family environments and preschool experiences, and the results will be used to improve the services offered to children.

    Are phone calls recorded?

    For quality and training purposes, phone calls with Statistique Québec agents are recorded. However, if you don't want your call to be recorded, simply notify the agent at the beginning of the call.

    What is Statistique Québec’s privacy policy?

    The Act respecting the Institut de la statistique du Québec guarantees that the information you provide will be kept confidential and will only be used for statistical purposes. All Statistique Québec employees have taken an oath before a commissioner and are bound to maintain the secrecy and confidentiality of the data they collect.

    Will you share my answers with other individuals or organizations?

    Your answers will be matched with the data collected about your child in the QSCDK. They will be transmitted to the Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux, the Infocentre of the Institut national de santé publique du Québec, the Ministère de l’Éducation and the Ministère de la Famille, with the exception of the names of your family members, your address and your telephone number.

    Does Statistique Québec have an ethical framework? ?

    Yes. The survey was reviewed by the ethics committee appointed by Statistique Québec. The ethics committee is responsible for safeguarding the respect, dignity and integrity of those participating or included in the survey.

    You can call Statistique Québec toll-free at 1-800-561-0213.

    When will the survey results be made available?

    Various publications based on the results of this survey will be made available on Statistique Québec’s website in 2023.

    How can I get more information about the survey?

    For more information about the survey, please contact the Direction de la gestion de la collecte by e-mail at collecte@stat.gouv.qc.ca or by phone at 1-800-561-0213 (toll-free). You can reach us Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.