FCSSAA November 29, 2013 Vision for Social Policy in Alberta In Alberta, everyone contributes to making our communities inclusive and welcoming. Everyone has opportunities to fulfill their potential and to benefit from our thriving social, economic, and cultural life. Social Policy Framework Social Policy Framework Goals • Enable collaboration and partnerships • Create a person centred system of high quality services • Reduce inequality • Protect the vulnerable Together We Raise Tomorrow • Children’s Charter • Poverty Reduction Strategy • An Alberta Approach to Early Childhood Development Better Future for Alberta’s Children • Better policies for children • Eliminate child poverty, reduce overall poverty • Improve ECD health and development outcomes Together We Raise Tomorrow Alberta Children’s Charter • As part of Bill 25 – Children’s First Act, the charter will ensure Albertan children’s safety, wellbeing, and quality of life. Poverty Reduction Strategy • A transformational initiative of the Social Policy Framework to end child poverty in 5 years and reduce overall poverty in 10 years. Alberta Approach to Early Childhood Development • A transformational initiative of the Social Policy Framework to improve and build a more integrated ECD system of early childhood supports. Why Does Early Childhood Development Matter? New brain science research provides evidence that shows what happens in early childhood has impact throughout the life span. Approximately 27% of Alberta’s kindergarten children are experiencing developmental difficulties. Improving early childhood development is a good investment. Early Child Development Mapping Project, ECMap, as part of the Government of Alberta’s Early Child Development Mapping Initiative 5 Current State: A Foundation to Build On Ministry of Health Alberta Health Services Not-for-Profit Organizations Ministry of Human Services Child and Family Services Authorities Municipalities Programs First Nations, Metis, and Inuit Communities Ministry of Education Approved ECS Providers School Jurisdictions How Brains are Built: The Core Story • http://www.albertafamilywellness.org/resour ces/video/how-brains-are-built-core-storybrain-development The Future State: The Alberta Approach to Early Childhood Development: Shared Governance Integrated Service Delivery Integrated Policy Integrated Funding Shared Outcomes and Measures of Success Information Sharing Research Informed Support for Innovation Ongoing Community Engagement Strategic Directions Improved Maternal, Infant, and Child Health Outcomes A healthy start for children Parents providing nurturing and stable environments for their young children. Children realizing their full developmental potential when they enter school. Integrated ECD System Safe, supportive communities for children to learn, grow and thrive. Enriched Early Learning and Care In Alberta, all children have a healthy start, safe and healthy environments, nurturing and supportive relationships and opportunities to learn, creating the foundation for them to fulfil their potential and benefit from our thriving social, economic, and cultural life. Enhanced Parenting Supports Safe and Supportive Environments for Children Community networks of high quality, integrated and accessible early childhood programs and services will allow parents to access the right services at the right time. 8 Community Conversations: The Alberta Approach to Early Childhood Improved Maternal, Infant, and Child Health Enhanced Parenting Supports Online Platform Families and Children Integrated ECD System Enriched Early Learning and Care Conversations Community Partners Safe and Supportive Environments for Children Service Delivery Researchers and Innovators Pulling the Pieces Together: Options for an Integrated ECD System Safe and Supportive Environments Early Learning and Care Parenting Resources MaternalInfant Health and Preschool Screening Alberta Approach to Early Childhood Development Citizens 9 Transforming through Innovation: The Alberta Approach to Early Childhood Development: Resources http://www.socialpolicy.alberta.ca/ http://developingchild.harvard.edu/ https://www.ecmap.ca/Pages/default.aspx http://www.albertafamilywellness.org/ Contact: Sheryl Fricke, Executive Director Early Childhood Development Priority Initiative Alberta Human Services Sheryl.firstname.lastname@example.org Your thoughts…. How does what you heard fit with your views and experience(s) with young children and their success? From your perspective, what are the key opportunities and challenges to aligning our efforts to help all children learn, grow and thrive? What role do you see for FCSS programs, volunteers and their partners in building a more connected and easily accessible system of community supports for families with young children?