Early Childhood Coalition

Let's make time for play.

The first five years of a child’s life are the most critical period in development and have a lifelong impact on learning, health, work, relationships and well-being. Studies show children tend to perform better in strong, supportive communities. Nurturing and responsive relationships with caregivers, as well as strong connection to community, creates the best environment to develop the skills children need for life.

The Early Childhood Coalition engages families, community members and organizations on behalf of young children (prenatal to six years). Coalition members raise public awareness about the importance of the early years, and help to identify community needs, issues and opportunities in order to improve supports for young children and their families.

By working together we can help children reach their full potential.

Strathcona County Early Childhood Coalition members

  • Alberta Health Services
  • Ardrossan Family Centre
  • CASA
  • Elk Island Catholic School
  • Elk Island Public School
  • Mindful Moments
  • Robin Hood Children Services
  • Strathcona County
    • Family and Community Services
    • Recreation, Parks and Culture
  • Strathcona County Library
  • Strathcona County Library Bookmobile
  • The Meadows Early Learning and Childcare

The Early Development Instrument (EDI) and how it’s being used in Alberta

The Early Development Instrument (EDI) gauges how populations of young children are developing. The Alberta EDI Program ensures that comprehensive data on the development of young children in Alberta is available to inform planning, policy and programming decisions at a provincial and community level, and supports the work of the coalition at the local level. 

The data collected through the EDI helps communities, organizations, and government understand what is working well and what services are needed for children and families to support healthy development, learning and care both locally and provincially. 

Early Childhood App

The Early Childhood App helps you enjoy the most up-do-date information, on the go!

You'll find information about:

  • early childhood programs and activities in Strathcona County
  • services for families of young children including childcare, preschools and other family supports
  • Parent Link
  • social/emotional, physical and cognitive development of children from newborn to five years old
  • Recreation and parks information

Download the Early Childhood app and stay connected to resources that support children to reach their potential.

Family and Community Services
Second floor, East Wing Community Centre
401 Festival Lane
Sherwood Park, AB T8A 5P7
Phone: 780-464-4044
Fax: 780-449-1220
Email: familyandcommunity@strathcona.ca

Last updated: Thursday, February 13, 2020
Page ID: 38961