Frequently Asked Questions:

What are Early Childhood Coalitions of Alberta?

Coalitions are groups of people working together to try to improve the lives of young children and families and to help children reach their optimal development potential. Currently, there are nearly 100 coalitions in Alberta. Coalitions can apply for annual provincial grant funding.

Communities served by EEYC Coalitions

• West

• North East

• South West

• South East

• City Centre

• Millwoods

• North Central

Who can be a member?

Anyone with an expressed interest in improving the lives of children and their families. Members are service providers, grandparents, business owners, public health nurses, librarians, parents, nannies, childcare workers, neighbours, students, school administration, leaders and teachers, and other stakeholders! Everyone is welcome around the coalition table and is valued for their knowledge and understanding of the challenges and solutions in our unique communities.

What does EEYC do?

A plan called the Community Coalition Action Plan (CCAP) is drafted annually with input from each member of the coalition. This CCAP is effectively a work place that outlines and guides the coalition activities each year. The CCAP is submitted to our funders each year for our operating grant of $22,500.

The work of the coalitions fall under four priority areas:
1. Knowledge Mobilization and Communication
2. Community Engagement
3. Collaborative Planning and Partnerships
4. Coalition Development

What is the Early Development Instrument (EDI)?

The EDI is a standardized tool that measures the development of populations of five-year-old children. Kindergarten teachers fill out questionnaires on the development of each child in their classroom. The questionnaires are made up of 103 questions on children’s social, emotional, physical and intellectual development. The questions are based upon age-appropriate indicators of development, such as being able to hold a pencil to climbing stairs and independently and following simple instructions. The results are then grouped together to provide population-based information for a snapshot in time, much like census. Results are not reported for individual children.

The five domains in the EDI are

1. Physical Health and Well-Being
a. Fine and gross motor skills
b. Independence in looking after own needs
c. Physically prepared for school
d. Able to sustain energy levels throughout the school day

2. Social Competence
a. Plays and gets along with other children
b. Able to follow rules and instructions
c. Able to follow routines
d. Accepts responsibility for actions
e. Shows respect for others

3. Emotional Maturity
a. Able to deal with feelings at an age appropriate level
b. Able to separate from parent/guardian
c. Not too fearful, not too impulsive
d. Able to focus

4. Language and Cognitive Development (these relate to early academic skills including: )
a. An interest in reading, writing, and language-related activities
b. Age appropriate reading, writing, and counting skills
c. Recognition of shapes, sized, and colours

5. Communication Skills and General Knowledge
a. Ability to communication needs and wants in socially appropriate ways
b. Ability to tell stories
c. Can say words clearly
d. Age appropriate knowledge about life and the world
e. Ability to take part in imaginative play

How does the coalition use the EDI data?

The EDI data informs the work of the coalition. It guides where we place our efforts. It is also a powerful engagement tool and a call to action for our communities.

How can I participate? What can I do?

The EEYC coalitions welcome participation and input from people who are interested in supporting the lives of children aged 0-6 in our community. Coalition members can participate through attendance at meetings and/or events.