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A Focus on Children’s Early Years

By on October 2, 2018 0 1126 Views

The Fort McMurray Early Years Coalition (EYC) is a local initiative launched in 2010 to unite voices empowering children and families within the Wood Buffalo region.

The mission of our local EYC is to “ensure healthy child development and knowledge for children, parents, caregivers, teachers and community through an adaptable and progressive child-focused network.”

Inside our inaugural edition of YMM Parent Magazine, you’ll find a 14-page handbook from the Fort McMurray’s EYC and its community partners that thoroughly explain their purpose and programs.

From the data summary on Early Development Instrument to profiles of ELCC (Early Learning and Child Care) Leaders found in the city; the supplement is robust with information on all the tools available.

Why They Matter To Us All!


In the Our Children’s Early Years introduction – found inside the handbook, it states “the optimal growth and development of young children in our society are everyone’s concern. We’re all connected and we must rely on each other, so we all have a stake in ensuring the well-being of others.”

The handbook also provides a list of ELCC Centres with information on their history and missions. The ELCC Centres include Willow Lake Tiny Tots Daycare, YMCA Birchwood Child Care, Children First: Eagle Ridge Nest and the Fort McMurray Boys & Girls Club Tiny Toes Daycare Centre.

Each of the local ELCC Centres core values pertains to:

  • Belonging: They welcome everyone in safe, accepting environments.
  • Encouragement & Support: They help every child and youth realize their full potential.
  • Working Together: They work with young people, families, volunteers, communities, partners, and government.
  • Respect: They ensure that everyone is heard, valued, and treated fairly.
  • Speaking Out: They give children, youth, and families a voice.

Keyano College is part of the local coalition and has provided Childhood Studies for over 35 years. Supplied photo

The Fort McMurray EYC has opportunities available for all members of the public to advocate the quality of Early Learning in the community. To learn more about the Coalition or become involved, check out their Facebook page for more information and community updates.

Copies of the Fort McMurray EYC’s handbook are available inside each of our latest YMM Parent publication and they are available at distribution points throughout the city. Click here for locations.

Join the Fort McMurray Early Years Coalition!

Dawn Booth, Editor of YMM Parent



About the author

Editor-in-Chief at | dawn@balsom.ca

Dawn Booth is the Editor-in-Chief of YMM Parent Magazine and Your McMurray Magazine. She has actively worked in the Wood Buffalo region's media industry since residing in Fort McMurray in 2007.

Her passion is writing poetry and puts it at the forefront of the community through her volunteer work as the President of NorthWord Magazine. Most important, Booth puts her family of five first, which includes her husband Ryan and their three children, Landon, Dawson and Tessa.