Network Structure & Team

Using collective impact language, the First 2000 Days Network has a “backbone” structure which provides:

  • Strategic direction to the Network,
  • Coordinates organizations undertaking activities aligned with the Network’s strategy,
  • Works with the community to develop shared outcome measurements and report on results,
  • Raises awareness about Early Childhood Development,
  • Advances policy changes, and
  • Helps identify funding to support strategy implementation.

The Network’s Backbone facilitates, coordinates, and guides unique contributions from individuals, coalitions and organizations, and acts as a catalyst for learning, connecting, and collaborative action with the ultimate goal of supporting children to reach their optimal development.  

Participation in the Backbone is open and welcome, based on the participant’s willingness to commit to the Network’s Guiding Principles and ability to contribute energy, resources, ideas, and time to this function on behalf of the entire Network. 

We encourage anyone who interested in joining the Backbone team to email us. We are always looking for ways to connect, align and leverage best practices in early childhood development. 

Current members (in no particular order):

  • Blythe Butler, Network Weaver
  • Steacy Collyer, Calgary Reads  
  • Sami Berger, Network Learning & Evaluation
  • Iris Spurell, Ready4Learning and Bowness-Montgomery ECD Coalition
  • Phil Carlton, Network Connector (formerly of Upstart)
  • Launa Clark, Network Engagement (formerly of ECMap)
  • Sharon Walker, Calgary Board of Education
  • Juliana Ramirez, Deep South ECD coalition
  • Jenn Nahu, Network Newsletter & Communications
  • Leslie Barker, Healthy Child Development and Parenting Education Consultant 
  • Jane Skeans, Calgary Reads
  • Hadeel Qazzaz, FCSS
  • Rick Thomas, Juice Creative
  • Craig Foley, Director All in For Youth
  • Jill Koch, Café Institute
  • Christa Masher, Café Institute
  • Alexandra May, Research and Social Media
  • Alix Linaker, Backbone Support and Enabler