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Building upon the strong community response to the Coalition hosted workshops on technology, the Lethbridge Coalition saw the need to build adult capacity in this area. Inspired by a Central Alberta Coalition, they developed Digital Play Packs to help increase understanding of the importance of the balance between technology and active play to shape healthy brains, build resilience and strength bonds with caregivers. Partners include the Lethbridge Library who have the Science Magic and Superhero Digital Play Packs in circulation and additional funding from Rotary to build eight additional Digital Play Packs. In 2017, four new themes included: Nature Play, Physical Literacy and Hide and Seek.

Helen Schuler Nature Centre is creating the Nature Play theme and Lethbridge Sport Council is creating the Physical Literacy DPPs. It has been a great avenue to create new collaborative partners in the community through these DPPs. The Coalition Coordinator also was invited to speak at the Southern Alberta Library Conference about the DPPs, EDI connections and our provincial coalition work. This came full circle when librarians and other Coalitions in the region worked together to create their own for their communities!

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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