The idea of a Teddy Bear Clinic started with the Deep South Calgary Coalition. Based off of their success, the North Central Calgary Coalition decided to adopt the idea with some changes. Medical professionals volunteer their time to give teddy bears a “check up”. Families register for a time to ensure a smooth flow and short wait times. Children take their teddy bear to various stations focusing on vaccinations, oral health, eye health, mental health, gross and fine motor skills, and speech development. The clinic allows the children to take charge and experience these medical appointments for their teddy bear. The children gain confidence and hopefully they will be more comfortable when they experience these situations in real life. Families also leave with resources from the Coalition and the medical professionals. It’s a fun and educational way to bring community together, promote positive discussions and share information.
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).