New resource to assist families in Leduc County

Aug. 27, 2014 – A new family resource guide, aimed at providing area parents with the resources they need to ensure appropriate childhood development, will be released to the public next week.

The “I Am Growing Up: 2014 Leduc Regional Family Resource Guide” was created by the Leduc Regional ECMap Coalition, in partnership with the Beaumont and Area ECMap Coalition, and will be available from local FCSS offices, the Leduc Regional Parent Link Centre, health care facilities, recreation centres, daycare facilities and more.

“This resource is intended to educate parents about typical childhood development at various ages, as well as provide them with local resources for child development and parenting,” says Tonya Sabourin, Parent Link Coordinator. “This tool could help parents recognize if their child is developing appropriately and seek resources if needed so the child blossoms to his full potential.”

The guide provides explanations of the various developmental stages children experience until their sixth birthday and details the expectations for children’s communication and thinking skills, and social, emotional and physical development.

If children are not hitting the general benchmarks outlined in the guide, parents are encouraged to use the resource listing to seek intervention. All resources and child-care facilities listed are local to Leduc County and the Graminia area of Parkland County.

The Leduc Regional ECMap Coalition is comprised of service providers, early childhood professionals and community members from Leduc County, the City of Leduc, the Town of Devon, the Town of Calmar, the Village of Thorsby, the Village of Warburg and the Graminia area of Parkland County. This group plans and promotes awareness activities about how critically important the early childhood years are in setting the foundation for an individual’s capacity in attaining educational goals, good health and overall well-being.

ECMap is an Alberta Education initiative, which conducts research on early childhood development in communities across the province. This research is shared with various communities so families, service providers, educators, communities and policy makers can respond appropriately to the needs in their community.

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