The Early Years Matter
Health and development of young children is influenced by many aspects of the cultural ecological system. The responsibility is shared with family, community and society. Provincial and local policies, practices, and resources all contribute to creating healthy environments for young children. This is where ECCA comes in...
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ECCA’s nearly 100 Coalitions across Alberta are made up of parents, grandparents, teachers, law enforcement, medical professionals improving the lives of young children.Communities work together with a shared vision for our children.
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Early Childhood Informed Communities

Health and development of young children is influenced by many aspects and is the responsibility shared with family, community and society. Provincial and local policies, practices, and resources all contribute to creating healthy environments for young children.

ECCA coordinates coalitions in your local area!

Coalitions meet to identify and prioritize local issues.

Coalitions coordinate efforts collaboratively to take action to improve the health and development of  young children. 

ECCA coordinates coalitions in your local area!

Coalitions meet to identify and prioritize
local issues.

Efforts collaboratively taken to improve the health and development of  young children. 

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Community Success Stories

Community Engagement

Kindergarten Open House

For the past two years, the Calgary North West Coalition connected with elementary schools in their area, to help support their Kindergarten Open House. The

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Community Engagement

Social Media

Coalitions have been working diligently to meet caregivers where they are and for many social media was an ideal tool to mobilize early childhood development

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Nature Playground

The Medicine Hat Early Childhood Coalition was successful in receiving a $50,000 grant towards the Sensory Sand & Water Area at the City’s upcoming nature playground.  The

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Policy & Practice

Advocacy

Coalitions have been active connecting with politicians and policy makers to support the importance of considering the early years when making funding decisions and creating

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Community Thinking

Loose Parts Play

Outdoor “Loose Parts Play” is a collaboration with Calgary Coalitions and recreation professionals. Loose Parts Boxes are located in neighbourhood green spaces. Play is key

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Coalitions as of 2020