Calgary Bowness Montgomery
Community Action for Early Childhood
Who we are:
We are one of almost 100 government-funded early childhood coalitions in Alberta. Our Coalition covers the communities of Bowness, Montgomery and Greenwood Village. As a group of organizations, professionals and individual residents from all backgrounds, we share a vision: Working together to create a community in which all young children thrive!
Where we’ve been:
Reducing isolation by connecting families with one another and with resources in the community
Connecting parents to information and resources about best practices in the early years and letting them know about the Early Development Instrument (EDI)
Opportunities to connect about the importance of play and reading aloud as key ways to support all 5 domains of development
Where we’re going:
Our Community Actions:
We place and stock Little Free Libraries & Community Book Boxes in key spots throughout the community to ensure the availability of good quality children’s books in our area. Over summer, the Community Book Bike is used to deliver books to children out in the community.
Service providers and residents partner to host Community Playdates to highlight the importance of play for early development and to act as a gathering spot for local families.
Coalition partners link parents to the Coalition’s on-line calendar to find free and low cost developmentally appropriate play spaces, programs and opportunities in Bowness & Montgomery
Our partners and members distribute the “I’m Ready” Booklets as a springboard for conversation with parents
We partner to host Parent Café Conversations for parents with childcare provided and support other parent workshops and opportunities.
Residents and agencies around the table connect people to the supports and resources they need: Every door is the right door.
We installed a Loose Parts Playbin pilot project in MacKintosh Park to support open-ended, outdoor play. We are partnering with Bowness High School to build another in the coming year.
GET IN TOUCH
Be active in the early years of your child and in the community!Be part of the group of parents, caregivers, professionals who take small steps to be engaged or If you would like to contribute to the Coalition or receive more information, please send us an email. We want to hear your opinion!