Ward 1 - Municipal Candidate Response Form (Responses)
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TimestampEmail AddressCandidate NameIf elected, how will you champion the Early Years in your governance work on Council?How will you support Council’s current initiatives focused on young children and their families?Do you have any new or different initiatives to propose that will improve the early childhood development results for young children? If so, what are they?
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8/20/2017 18:19:17andrew@andrewknack.comAndrew KnackOne action I was able to bring forward to Council was the expansion of the Leisure Access Program in the city. While that program help with those below the low-income cut off, there are many others who are just above who are not able to use the various programs and services the city has to offer. This was recently expanded to people and families who are up to 25% above that cut off. This should allow more children to access a variety of services and supports they need to be successful. For more details about that work, please review this post: http://www.andrewknack.com/sliding-scale-fee-program-for-edmontonians/Using the sliding scale approach, we should apply that to other areas not included in the Leisure Access Program. Another key area of focus for young children must be the community hub initiative that is in the process of being created. Many of our mature communities have seen large drops in population, in particular with young children, which decreases the opportunity for children to stay active and engaged. If there isn't a large population of young children, they may not play as much or have locations in the community (ex: pre-school) to developing their cognitive and social skills. I don't have a specific idea at the moment but I believe it would be great to connect with and present to the City of Edmonton Youth Council. The Youth Council would likely have some great ideas on how to improve early childhood development results.
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9/20/2017 6:05:40rdallen@telus.netRandy Allen
I currently do not have enough information as to what exactly Early Years provides
I will support the current initiative's if they are practical, viable and have perceived value.
Formerly the Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues used to have numerous programs that enhanced community and helped create a valuable environment for young children to grow and prosper. Maybe we need to return to that model.
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