Who we are:
The Formative 5 Coalition is a group of community members and professionals who have come together in response to the Early Development Instrument (EDI) results for Chestermere & Southeast Rocky View, to promote the importance of the early years (0-5 years of age), the most formative years in the human lifespan. The Formative 5 works within the communities of Chestermere, Conrich, Dalemead, Dalroy, Indus, Langdon, and area.
More and more research finds that what happens in the early years plays a big role in our lifelong health, well-being, and learning. The mission of the Formative 5 Coalition is to engage the community and focus our collective efforts and resources to ensure that all children grow up in a healthy and nurturing environment and that our community is equipped to provide all of the necessary supports to families. As early childhood lays the foundation for the future, it is very important that we do everything we can to support the healthy development of all children in our region.
Where we’ve been:
The Formative 5 Coalition was formed in 2012 shortly after the Early Child Development Mapping Project (ECMap) released their first round of data. ECMap was the first and largest population-based study to be completed in Alberta which examined the developmental health of kindergarten-aged children in five core areas of development.
We use our local Early Development Instrument (EDI) data, and early childhood development information and resources to help promote awareness, understanding to generate community-wide support to make positive changes that will improve the developmental outcomes for children in our region. As a community-led initiative, our goal is to build capacity by leveraging our ideas and resources to enhance accessibility, the quality, and quantity of early childhood programs, services, and other supports which children and families rely on. In doing so, we are all aware of our children’s strengths and challenges as measured by the EDI and are informed by this knowledge to create more effective strategies to support optimal development in the early years.
Where we’re going:
We have a lot of exciting upcoming events and goals planned for this year! Here is what we are up to:
1. 6th Annual National Child Day Play Day – November 22nd, 2019
2. Early Years Conversation Café – Winter 2020
3. Share the Play Challenge – Community Event – Winter 2020
4. Presentation to City Council
5. Articles in Macaroni Kid Newsletter – A free local resource that publishes weekly e-newsletters and websites featuring events, activities, products, and places for moms, kids, and families.
6. Ongoing contribution and partnerships with the Kidz 1st Network Parent Link Centre programs, services, and events
7. Attending community Inter-Agency meetings, and local committees to build awareness and recruit new members to the Coalition.
8. Enhancing the functionality of our Coalition sub-working groups, and achieving the goals we have set out to do in our Coalition Community Action Plan (CCAP).
9. Ongoing Coalition presence at events, workshops, and other community initiatives to help increase awareness of our EDI results, and the importance of the early years, as well as connecting parents/caregivers with resources which will support their healthy development of their child so they are ready for kindergarten.
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!