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Teddy Bear Clinics

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.

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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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