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The Foothills Children’s Wellness Network identified the need to support their local Early Childhood Professionals with local, accessible and affordable professional development. They host an Early Learning Professional Day with key topics and discussions. Topics include: Social-Emotional Well Being, Loose Parts, Alberta Family Wellness’ the Brain Game, Domestic Abuse, the Alberta’s Early Learning and Care Curriculum Framework and the Power of Language and Dialogue. Confidence in awareness, understanding and sharing with others continues to be a successful outcome as evidenced in the Participant Surveys.

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Community Success Stories

Collaborative Planning

Central Peace

Central Peace encourages coalition members to refine skills in leadership and strategic planning. The coordinator attended board development sessions offered by Alberta Arts & Culture & hosted though the local municipality. At every available opportunity, they have met with local and provincial government representatives to advocate for community needs regarding desired resources and services.

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Smoky Lake

The coalition has developed EPIC (Explore, Play, Inspire, Connect) to promote the development of all 5 domains in a fun and interactive way. EPIC shows parents how to create simple, fun, and easily replicated activities which will enhance all areas of their child’s development. This is a highly attended workshop and allows parents to make

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Collaborative Planning

Athabasca, Camrose, Lac Ste. Anne & St. Paul Coalitions

Many Coalitions have created “I am growing up” Family Resource Guides to provide an overview of ECCA and definitions of the developmental domains including what to expect and how to encourage growth in the early years. The guide also provides information on local assets such as playgrounds, services and important numbers in case of emergency.

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