Event to encourage talk about child development

Families will have an opportunity to talk about problems and issues that go along with raising young children at a special event

Families will have an opportunity to talk about problems and issues that go along with raising young children at a special event to be held this week.

Community conversations on early child development will be held at the Provincial Building Aug. 8 beginning at 5 p.m. Supper is included and free childcare is available provided parents make the request early.

The event sponsored by Neighborhood Place, in conjunction with FCSS and Parent Link, will provide valuable information about early childhood development, said Leanne Evans, program co-ordinator for Neighborhood Place and the Early Childhood Coalition.

“We really are hoping to get parents (or other childcare providers) out and get their input. It’s very relevant.”

The first six years of a child’s life are critical and lay the foundation for future health and success, according to information from the Government of Alberta.

The Alberta approach to early childhood development is to create connected networks rooted in communities — to build a systematic approach to early childhood development that ensures every Alberta baby, toddler, child and their family has access to high quality programs and services.

The ministries of Human Services, Health and Education are working with communities to ensure this plan is successful.

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