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It takes a knowledgeable & caring village

The most effective approach for building healthy communities with increased capacity to support our youngest citizens is developing an understanding of local capacities and the unique needs of children and families.

Communities are partners with government in supporting children and families. Partnerships and collaboration builds on existing community networks and fosters new connections and networks. 

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.

ECCA contributes to
our Alberta landscape

Early Years Research

Learn more about the science and research of the importance of development and environment in the early years.  Great resources can be found through the Alberta Family Wellness Initiative and the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University.   

Studies show that investing in the early years can transform not just the lives of children, but their communities, and ultimately their countries, making them healthier and more competitive in the global economy.


How You can help ​

As a Community Member...

Community members enhance early children conversations, actions, and outcomes by offering a unique community lens, volunteering, sharing and attending local events.

As a Parent or Caregiver...

Parents and Caregivers contribute to conversations with their valued perspective raising young children.

As a Professional…

Professionals‌ ‌from‌ ‌a‌ ‌variety‌ ‌of‌ ‌sectors‌ ‌-‌ ‌whether‌ ‌they‌ ‌are‌ ‌directly‌ ‌related‌ ‌to‌ ‌early‌ ‌childhood‌ ‌or‌ ‌not‌ ‌-‌ ‌influence the‌ ‌work‌ ‌in‌ ‌a‌ ‌multitude‌ ‌of‌ ‌ways.‌

Coalitions as of 2020