Middle Childhood and Adolescent Development (MCAD)

The developmental and social changes that occur for school-age children and youth are dramatic – it is a time of significant growth and development. These developmental changes and transitions are opportunities for communities to support the healthy development of children and youth.

Providing children and youth with access to quality programs helps support their healthy development during these critical years.   

The Manitoba Government supports with the work of community partners to provide several programs and services for children, youth, and their families.

Middle Childhood Programming: Emphasis is on school-age children ages 6-12

Adolescent Programming: Target age group is 13-18. This includes all of the periods of adolescent development:

Early Adolescence (10 - 14)
Middle Adolescence (14-16)
Late Adolescence (16-19)


A partnership of:

Manitoba Education • Manitoba Families • Manitoba Health, Seniors and Active Living • Manitoba Indigenous and Northern Relations • Manitoba Justice • Municipal Relations / Francophone Affairs / Status of Women