Who We Are

South West Early Years is a group of parents, educators, librarians, health and child care providers, service organizations, and other community partners who work with Alberta Education’s Early Child Development Mapping (ECMap) Initiative to share Early Development Instrument (EDI) data and build capacity in the community to enrich the development of children ages 0 to 5 in Southwest Edmonton.

We are committed to making a positive difference for young children in Southwest Edmonton.  Please join us!  Anyone with an interest in promoting and supporting early childhood development is welcome to attend our meetings, join us at events to lend a hand, find us on Facebook, and/or be on our e-mail list to receive news of upcoming events, new resource links, and news of what we are up to.

Contact us at swearlyyears@hotmail.com any time!


Our Mission is to

  • Inspire Momentum about the importance of the early years
  • Improve Outcomes in early development for children in Southwest Edmonton
  • Build Capacity in the community to support early childhood development in Southwest Edmonton and ensure long-term sustainability of this support and of SWEY


The values that drive us include

  • Collaboration and cooperation in the community in sustained commitment to supporting children in reaching their full potential
  • Responsive leadership
  • Nurturing and inclusive relationships and universal accessibility


Our goals are to

  • Inspire a momentum in Southwest Edmonton about the importance of the early years and the community’s role in both supporting its children in their early years and encouraging ideal early childhood development
  • Improve early development outcomes for children in Southwest Edmonton by reducing or eliminating the circumstances that contribute to children experiencing difficulty in meeting developmental milestones as they enter Kindergarten
  • Build capacity and knowledge in parents, caregivers, preschool educators, policy makers and community members across Southwest Edmonton about how to recognize and enhance early childhood development for the children in their care

Our Wish for Every Child in Southwest Edmonton

A full belly, the chance to run and jump and play every day, a story every night, help when and if and as soon as he or she needs it…and loads and loads of love.
~Catherine Ripley, former SWEY co-chair