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Calgary North of McKnight

North of McKnight Coalition for Early Childhood Development

Who we are:

The North of McKnight Coalition for Early Childhood Development is a community of parents and service providers that was first brought together through the Early Childhood Mapping Project (ECMap). We are passionate about raising awareness of the importance of early childhood development and are responsive to the local needs of our Coalition area. We utilize current research and resources to support grassroots initiatives in the community for optimal child development and family support. We work collaboratively with parents, grandparents, service providers, schools and passionate residents to further their capacity to support initiatives for children 0-6 within our communities.

Where we’ve been:

The North of McKnight Coalition is a collective of rich and diverse ethnic and faith based communities that believe our children are our greatest resource. As one of the first Coalitions developed in the Calgary area, we have a history of working together with others to promote optimal early childhood development and learning opportunities. Identifying community needs in the area of literacy and promoting parents as their children’s first teachers has been an ongoing priority for the Coalition.
Our Coalition Community Action Plan (CCAP) includes measurable goals and provides details on the actions and activities that will contribute towards achieving the goals. We are focused on increasing awareness and understanding of early childhood development and available resources, engaging community, collaborating with stakeholders and building our capacity. Our work is informed by the province wide and local EDI results, resident surveys, community engagement and capacity building.

Where we’re going:

Mission: Working together to help to make a difference in the lives of young children in the North of McKnight communities.
While we aim to create and sustain positive change for young children and families, we know this is only possible through the collective efforts of the community.
Our membership is open to all community members including early childhood professionals, social service workers, health care providers, local businesses, parents and grandparents. If you are passionate about supporting early childhood development in the North of McKnight Communities and would like to learn more about our work or get involved with the North of McKnight Coalition, please contact us at: or


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! Get in Touch with Your Local Coalition!

Coalitions as of 2020