Community Success Stories
Every community celebrates their strengths and responds to the local needs through strategic actions.
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The 2017 International Play Association (IPA) conference sparked a lot of conversation around the importance of play in our community of Lethbridge. Stakeholders from several organizations were asking the question, “How do we make play a priority for all children and youth in Lethbridge?” Lethbridge Early Years Coalition (LEYC) decided it was time for action.
I’m Ready to Translate!A Linking, Aligning and Leveraging Story(Spotlight By: Phil Carlton on behalf of ALL OF REGION 7)In starting conversations and sparking the beginnings of connections, we often can’t anticipate what our outcomes might be. We have ideas and hopes to be sure, but sometimes the actual impact goes far beyond event those! That
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.
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
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.
In Fort Saskatchewan, partners came together to host multiple parent and children play sessions and parent conference. Partners in these events included schools, public library, Primary Care Network (PCN), Alberta Health Services (AHS), Parent Link Centre (PLC), Boys & Girls Club, Business Community, RCMP and Kid Sport. Participants received information on the recent local <a
La La Biche Coalition has created several booklets on the specific developmental domains. The physical literacy booklet highlights simple messages related to growth and development. Photographs of local children were put together in a colourful resource to share with parents and stakeholders. The booklet was highlighted at ChooseWell and Alberta Health Services Healthy Communities Symposium
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
The Stettler Coalition hosted Coalition Essentials an online workshop through Ready to Raise resulting in increased understanding of the collaboration continuum, the components of collaborative partnerships. Working towards developing their strategic plans to align with the ECCA Outcomes Framework, they continue to ask reflective questions and build upon their know what does success look like
The Pincher Creek Coaltion is working with other key organizations in the community to share best practices and support of growth including supporting the re-development of the only infant daycare space in their community in addition to exploring ways to expand and enhance local childcare and day home options in their area (which is a
The Vulcan Coalition reaches their community in various ways including highlighting key messages of the early years on their local Vulcan TV and have resource guides at their local tourist attractions. In addition they have a historic and solid relationship with their local Food Bank, providing additional resources for young families.
Roving Gyms, began as an idea to increase physical health and well being during the winter months, was a response to both the 2014 and 2016 Early Development Instrument (EDI) data. Building upon the community momentum, the Coalition collaborated with other organizations. The need continued and soon the local YMCA integrated the idea into their