Mill Woods Early Childhood Coalition (MWECC) is a group of human service providers, schools, childcare providers, community groups and individuals working together to promote the importance of the early years in our communities and helping to ensure services and programs are in place and are accessible locally for all families with young children.
The MWECC area covers all Mill Woods communities and extends to include Ellerslie, Summerside, and the Meadows areas of Edmonton.
We are proud of the wide range of member agencies involved in our Coalition; see our LOCAL LINKS page for more info.
Please join us! Membership is open to any organization or individual who are committed to the vision of MWECC and wants to lend their support to the group. Collectively we will consider ways for more members of the community to be involved and contribute to the work of this group.
MWECC was originally formed in 2007 as the Children’s sub-committee of the Mill Woods Mapping and Beyond committee which was formed in 2005. In May 2012 the sub-committee name changed to Mill Woods Early Childhood Coalition (MWECC) as it is now known. In July 2012 it hired an assistant to support the role of the group and build capacity. MWECC has since carried out various consultations within the community regarding needs of parents with young children, developed its messaging and sharing of information, worked collaboratively with other coalitions and has developed a strategic plan to guide its actions over the next few years alongside Early Childhood Coalitions of Alberta (ECCA), who now represents the nearly 100 coalitions across Alberta.ECCA helps to build awareness, capacity and momentum at a provincial and community level to enhance children’s well-being and development through a community development approach. ECCA has a high level of engagement from communities and organizations across Alberta. While every Coalition has their own unique story to share, collectively we are creating connected, caring and informed communities. Each action, conversation and collaboration on behalf of children and families makes a difference in the provincial landscape. .
What does the EDI tell us about young children’s development in Edmonton Mill Woods?
Priorities: Early Development Instrument (EDI) Developmental Domains
MWECC utilizes EDI data which was collected annually by the Early Child Development Mapping Project (ECMap) (now managed by ECCA) completed by Community-University Partnership, University of Alberta to determine priorities for community development, capacity-building and funding. While all areas of healthy development will be addressed where possible, the areas of greatest vulnerability identified on the EDI will be given higher priority.
The top two areas of greatest vulnerability according to the EDI research collected in Mill Woods and published in Fall 2011 are: Communication Skills and General Knowledge and Physical Health and Well Being. The area which demonstrated the most strength was Social Competence.
MWECC Strategic Plan 2013 – 2015
MWECC Vision –
Mill Woods is a community that supports all parents, caregivers and children from pre-conception to age six to reach their full potential.
MWECC Mission –
Through ongoing research and consultation with our communities and ECCA we will work together to promote the importance of the early years so that young children get the best possible start in life.
Fall 2011 – EDI data for Mill Woods area released to MWECC to share with community.
July 2012 –The Coalition hired an assistant to support the role of the group and build capacity. MWECC has since carried out various consultations within the community regarding needs of parents with young children, developed its messaging and sharing of information, worked collaboratively with other coalitions and has developed a strategic plan to guide its actions over the next few years.
From September 2012 – ‘Airing the Laundry’ Community Consultation Developed and used at Community League Day. This simple and easy technique to engage parents in conversations was also used at Strathcona Farmers Market with the other southside Edmonton Coalitions in January 2013.
November 2012 – Special Meeting held to extend membership and share data with Community Partners. Agenda and presentation template created for future public meetings.
March 2013 – Presentation to Mill Woods Public Health Centre to all centre staff. Presentation template created for future public meetings.
April 2013 – First publicity developed for MWECC including poster and leaflet.
May 2013 – Completion of first Mill Woods Early Childhood Coalition Strategic Plan 2013 – 2015.
June 2013 – Leefield Community Consultation – extremely successful meeting with parents of young children in the Leefield community, one of our most vulnerable areas according to EDI research. More than 30 parents attended this informal event to share and discuss EDI findings for this community. We hope to build upon in other communities.
July 2013 – Series of I AM postcards developed with support from Centre for Family Literacy and coalition membrs. MWECC felt it was important that the language of these postcards was simple enough to reach all members of our community without losing their powerful message. Translated versions will be developed in future as required.
We are proud of the wide range of partners and agencies which support MWECC:
For information about Mill Woods Early Childhood Coalition contact:
Contact your local Parent Link Centre at Family Futures Resource Network for support:Phone 780-413-4521