I’m assisting the local White-Swan-Fox Coalition (based out of Fox Creek, Whitecourt, and Swan Hills) receiving data from the provincial ECMap project.
This project has been ongoing for the last few years, gathering data from all of our communities, and across the province.
Its primary FOCUS is to educate our communities on the importance of the first five years in a child’s life, and to determine what vulnerabilities our children have based on the five key areas of development.
Fox Creek Community Resource Centre
Lara will be submitting some articles based on the project, to help our communities better understand this initiative prior to our communities release date.
Thank you in advance for supporting this initiative, and if you have any further questions, please contact Lara at 780-622-3758.
Provincial ECMap Project
Through the ECMap and ECD (Early Child Development) Mapping Initiative, Alberta has joined other provinces, including British Columbia, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Ontario, and Prince Edward Island, as well as the Northwest Territories, in studying and mapping early childhood development.
Understanding early development and the factors that influence development will help Canadians at every level- from parents to educators, community members, service providers and policy makers- to create the nurturing environments that young children need.
The Provincial ECMap team has worked with communities across Alberta to map their boundaries and to gather and analyze research information within their boundary areas.
Our boundaries include Whitecourt, Swan Hills, and Fox Creek. Over the past two years we have built an early childhood coalition (White-Swan-Fox), received our seed grant and are developing a local response plan.
Using the information that is being gathered through this initiative will allow our communities to learn more about OUR children’s development, compare it with other communities, the province and nationally.
We will be able to identify the strengths and needs of our communities, and be better able to make informed decisions on how to best support our children and their families. It will also be beneficial for local and provincial policy development.
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.
This project will help Albertans to better understand how well their young children are doing and to work together to give them the best start in life.
The White-Swan-Fox data will released in early March on the ECMap website. Whitecourt and Fox Creek will be hosting a kickoff release on March 14th during Kid’s Fest and Family Games Night.
You can find more information regarding this project on the website https://www.ecmap.ca or find our Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/#!/TheFirstFiveYearsAreForever .
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