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I’m Ready for Screens

The Impact of Screen Time on Early Childhood Development Symposium was held in Calgary in October 2019.  The Calgary and surrounding Community Coalitions helped to organize, provided financial support and staff a resource table.  The day was a huge success and discussion about what to do with all the research and valuable material started immediately afterwards.  Wanting to get this information into the hands of families, the NW Calgary Coalition and the Symposium Committee decided to work together to produce the I’m Ready for Screens Booklet.  This resource booklet includes speaker information and research, plus current guidelines for parents.  It was also vetted by a variety of specialists.  The Symposium Committee worked with the Calgary Catholic School Board to print copies for agencies that can not afford to do so on their own.  Offering hard copies as opposed to electronic will reinforce the need for a reduction in screen time use.  The Calgary and Surrounding Community Coalitions are also working together to print copies to be used in our neighbourhoods.  What a great legacy from such a fantastic day!

Did you know? I’m Ready booklets are now translated into 15 languages!

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Community Success Stories

Collaborative Planning

Digital Play Packs

Lethbridge Early Years Coalition (LEYC) created five themes of Digital Play Packs to help parents and caregivers find balance between engaging in active play opportunities and digital play with their children. Learning from the West Red Deer County Early Childhood Coalition, LEYC created Science Magic, Hide & Seek and Superhero Fun Digital Play Packs (DPPs).

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Collective Impact

Documenting Impact

Aligning the key conditions of collective impact, ECCA initiated a shared measurement plan. Data collection was a component made possible in the partnership with CoLab-Online. Innovative practice allowed for Coalition involvement along the way with engagement for the Framework and customized data collection tools. Collection, tracking, and reporting progress provided accountability and was instrumental in

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Collective Impact

ECCA Podcast

Networks and coalitions can play an important role in fostering social innovation. When used well, they help diverse changemakers bring their unique perspectives and efforts together to better understand and address complex problems.  In this episode, we hear from three changemakers within ECCA (Early Childhood Coalitions of Alberta). Janice Kraemer, one of ECCA’s Provincial Liaisons.

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Coalitions as of 2020