The Southern Alberta Professional Development Consortium facilitates ongoing/continuous professional learning in southern Alberta's schools and jurisdictions.
University of Lethbridge Early Literacy
"Creating readers, supporting families and strengthening communities. We do this through programs and initiaties designed for children from birth to eight years and their parents, teachers, mentors, caregivers and communities."
"Project Read's mission: To ensure that all children, no matter their circumstance or ability, have the opportunity to understand, embrace, & enjoy the many components of the written and spoken word."
There are three offices to better serve the tutors and students: Claresholm, Nanton and Fort Macleod
Fort Macleod: 403-553-4106
|Crowsnest Pass Municipal Library|
|Stavely Municipal Library|
Parent Link Centres
Parent Link Centres connect parents to parents, families to families, and parents to resources in their communities.
All programs and services are FREE.
The Parent Link Centre recognizes that support for parents is the key to fostering optimal child development and therefore offers parent/child activities and parenting programs which provide support and information to families regarding positive parenting practices. Connecting through play is a guiding philosophy of Parent Link Centres.
Parent Link Centres are located in the following areas:
Kids First Family Centre
Our mission of Kids First Family Centre is to provide programs and support to ensure the healthy growth of children and families.
Our vision is that all children and families have equitable access to community supports and services.
They operate under four pillars:
- Supporting food security for families
- Enhancing the participation of children and families in education, recreation and the arts.
- Supporting healthy early childhood development
- Supporting Parents
The Porcupine Hills Early Childhood Coalition is a group devoted to helping families with young children. Using data gathered in the regions of Nanton, Stavely, Claresholm, Granum, and the MD Ranchland. Our goal is to help put your pre-school children on the road to success!
Early child development community coalitions are groups of individuals who have come together to promote positive early development in their communities. Over 100 community coalitions across Alberta are using early childhood map information to implement strategies to support early childhood development. This includes activities like parent conferences, early childhood resource guides and community information events.
LITERACY DAY - January 27th of each year
Family Literacy Day is a national awareness initiative created by ABC Life Literacy Canada in 1999 and held annually on January 27 to raise awareness of the importance of reading and engaging in other literacy-related activities as a family.
Taking time every day to read or do a learning activity with children is crucial to a child’s development. Even just 15 minutes a day can improve a child’s literacy skills dramatically, and can help a parent improve their skills as well.