Families and Communities
Community is a place where people are connected. Where ideas, skills and resources are shared and built upon. In this community resources section, you’ll find information on community supports as well as a visual directory to search for supports for families in Calgary. Use this information as you see fit for your family.
Brain Development and Physical Literacy
Brain Development“Active for Life is the place where parents go to learn about how to make a difference in the health and happiness of their children. Research shows there’s a right way and a right time to develop the fundamental movement and sport skills that benefit kids for their entire lives. Learning these basic movement and sports skills is known as becoming physically literate” (Active for Life, 2014). The following articles have been written by Dr. Dawne Clark sharing information relating early brain development to the development of physical literacy in children:
- Building Your Child’s Brain is Like Building a House
- Build Your Child’s Brain By Giving Them Lots of Experiences to Explore
- Building Your Child’s Brain Through Physical Literacy
- Active Play Experiences Help Children Develop Physical Literacy
- Relationships and Building a Child’s Brain
- Active Play for Preschoolers
The AFWI's aim is to apply emerging research about experienced-based brain and biological development as it relates to early childhood development and children’s mental health, and its lifelong impact on addiction and other negative health outcomes.
S4 & Your Family
Diversity in Calgary: Families “Waiting in the Wings”
Despite the many benefits of family engagement in children’s education, many families experience barriers to involvement in learning because of diversity or vulnerability issues, resulting in what some schools may see as ‘hard to reach’ families. At the CCWB, we have come to think of these families as ‘waiting in the wings’, as they wait for the right opportunity to become involved in their children’s learning.
Here are some resources to support the engagement of families, who may be ‘waiting in the wings’, in school and community:
- Southwest Educational Development Lab: Engaging ‘Waiting in the Wings’ Families
- Engaging Culturally Diverse Parents
- Inviting Families to Share Gifts, Skills, Talents
- Family Reunification Supports