You've arrived here because you are a parent or an adult that plays a meaningful role in a child's life.
We have links here to resources from several of the groups in our network. They include useful information, tips and ideas as you parent or care for a child.
Being a parent or caregiver may come naturally to you. And, the most important things that you can do to help your child’s development (starting when they are a newborn), are to: Read, Sing, Talk, Play . . . and love them.
Check out the resources listed here below. And, here are a few starting ideas too about talking, singing, playing and reading aloud with your children.
I'm Ready Booklet
Click here for the I'm Ready Booklet - a brief and easy-to-understand compilation of the five developmental domains measured by the Early Development Instrument. It also includes key resources that parents/caregivers need to be aware of, and in the local area versions, it includes indoor and outdoor opportunities to better support the early years in those five developmental domains.
It is a relationship-building tool. It has been designed to support a conversation about early childhood development between parents and caregivers, as we know the booklet alone isn’t enough to improve early childhood development outcomes. It is not intended to be a ‘stand-alone’ handout.
*The Network would appreciate if you could provide feedback about the I'm Ready Booklet and help us capture the impact it is having. It shouldn't take you more than 5 minutes. To complete the survey, please click here.
Contact us here for ordering information.
Click here for free resources including literacy-building ideas and book lists by age. There is a free downloadable Parent Handbook and a Read Aloud video to watch, with accompanying tip sheet.
Healthy Parents Healthy Children
Click here for a practical guide to pregnancy and being a parent! Here you'll find the online version of AHS' great provincial resource. As your child grows, learn about typical development in all areas (physical, thinking, language, emotional and social) and what you can do to help your child learn and grow.
ECD Coalitions Calgary and Area
Click here to contact the ECD coalition in your area. The coalitions are local neighbourhood groups that are open to anyone. Find out more about what is going on in your area and how you can get involved.