Duchess Kate is taking her passion for children's well-being to the next level! As People reports, the Duchess of Sussex announced on Thursday that she has created the Royal Foundation Centre for Early Childhood, which is her latest initiative to promote the importance of nurturing young hearts and minds.

Duchess's aide says centre has been in the works for years

Duchess Kate has long shown an interest in improving the livelihoods of children 5 years old and under, recently publishing an op-ed with First Lady Jill Biden on the topic for CNN. Kate says that this time period is "just so important for our future life outcomes," encouraging people to "embrace this golden opportunity to create a happier, more mentally healthy, more nurturing society."

A royal aide for the Duchess of Cambridge says Kate's research into childhood developmental science shows improving young children's quality of life is "the social equivalent to climate change." The aide also shared that Kate has been looking for a way to create something that brings this issue to the forefront for years.

Jill Biden and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge talk with children during a visit to Connor Downs Academy on June 11, 2021.

Duchess Kate launches new foundation with special report

Duchess Kate's centre will begin with a relatively small staff dedicated to working with various sectors and bringing new campaigns to life. Kate has also released a cumulative report, called Big Change Starts Small, in partnership with The Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University and the London School of Economics. 

In a foreword to the report— which also highlights the cost of having to address these issues— Kate explains that early childhood is when "establish healthy relationships with ourselves and others." She even goes so far as to say that "what shapes our childhood shapes the adults and the parents we become."