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Medicine Hat

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 programming. The success was shared and spread to other Coalitions who invite local experts on brain development to talk to parents about early childhood development. This successful way of building adult capacity and awareness of the early years was featured on CTV and Global News. Connections continue as the Coalition supports the orientation and resources, including additional funding.

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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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