About Us

Why the Coalition?

In 2009 the Alberta government wanted to know how children zero to five were developing.Between 2009 and 2013, over 76,000 five year-olds were assessed by measuring capabilities in five areas: social, emotional and physical wellbeing, and language and communication skills.

54% of Alberta's children were struggling.

It was evident that trends occurred in geographic regions. What some children in one community were struggling with , in another they would be thriving. A decision was made to create community-based early childhood coalitions so they could be  the critical part of finding local solutions.

Who is the Coalition?

A group of people collaborating to promote the importance of the early years and who work to build a strong community that supports families in providing young children with nurturing, caring environments for healthy development.


What does the Coalition do?

  • Raises public awareness of the importance of the early years                                                       

  • Shares the data we have and encouraging community partners to use this data in making decisions about community development

  • Identifies community strengths and unmet needs

  • Identifies and increasing awareness of existing community resources

  • Align and co-ordinate services and resources


Photo courtesy of Sally-Ann Taylor Photography

Why the Early Years?

Healthy child development has been identified by both the World Health Organization and the Public Health Agency of Canada as a powerful

social determinant of lifelong health and well-being.

The foundation of lifelong health is shaped from the earliest days of life. Early childhood is the period from

conception to six years of age when significant development occurs across a range of skill areas including: physical (motor), speech and language, social and emotional, and cognitive and intellectual abilities.

Brain architecture can change throughout life; however, in-utero and during the early childhood period, brains are the most sensitive to positive and negative experiences. Our children’s experiences and environment help shape the brain architecture-for better or worse.

Early positive experiences are important for healthy development, while early negative environments such as chronic exposure to toxic stressors disrupt healthy development

Meet Our Board

Jenny Wilmot


Julie Whidden




Darcy Makin




Teri Harrison

Board Member



Meagan Morency

Board Member



Diane de Lauw

Board Member



Stacy Bole

Board Member



Tina Smith

Board Member



David Combden

Board Member



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