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The letter recommends six priorities for the task force, including:
1. Urgent action toward eliminating child poverty and toxic stress, which have been magnified by the pandemic and the pandemic response.
2. Addressing systemic discrimination and racism in public policy and service delivery that causes many children and youth to fall further through the cracks.
3. Prioritizing funding for accessible crisis and mental health supports for children, youth and parents, especially those with added challenges, including disability, family separation, and foster care.
4. Adherence to our commitments under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, including equitable access to outdoor play, learning and connection, as these are evidence-based supports for attachment, emotional regulation, cognitive development, and mental health.