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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

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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