Ward 10 - 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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9/6/2017 17:19:42samantha4ward10@gmail.comSamantha HeesBecause I have a background in Early Childhood, I feel very strongly about protecting the resources that children need early and later in life. Things such as access to libraries, parks, good schools within the neighborhood they live in, and affordable and safe transit that they can ride to and from home. City of Edmonton projects like Housing First, Child Friendly Edmonton and EndPoverty Edmonton are a great way for families to get support in the communities they live in. As a councillor I would ensure that i had a focus on affordable, quality child care and that support was available for families who may be struggling with poverty or other issues like housing. Yes, I would love to see more affordable sports and recreation programs for families that may not be able to spare the money for expensive registration and equipment fees. I would also like to see testing for developmental difficulties become more common and accepted in schools.
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9/14/2017 12:19:47Voteglendaforward10@Outlook.comGlenda K. WilliamsI will support Early Childhood programs. Every child should have the opportunity to be a champion. It's not necessary but critical.I thoroughly support them and will vote to support them.I believe any opportunity to have children believe they are the champions they are is fantastic.
Growing in the womb to 4 years old are the critical years where we can make the most impact.
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09-06-17 2:39 PMmichael@michaelwalters.caMichael WaltersEndPoverty Edmonton identified Early learning and childcare as a key area of focus to support families to transition out of poverty. I’ve been an active supporter of End Poverty Edmonton and supported the creation of the Early Learning and Care Steering Committee and will continue my support of the work towards an integrated, high quality system of early learning and child care that is affordable and accessible to all Edmontonian families.I supported the recent motion to city council to investigate further opportunities to increase the supply of early learning and care services in Edmonton. I look forward to the upcoming report to Executive Committee regarding dedicated space for early learning and care services.

I am also a big advocate of a Community Hubs strategy that increases public gathering space for Early Learning opportunities among other things.
Families in Edmonton need to be supported to ensure the best possible outcomes for their children. Having been involved in the work of the coalition's I understand that many children in Edmonton are experiencing difficulty or great difficulty in one or more key areas of development.

Using the Early Childhood Mapping data will continue to help us plan and support communities that are responsive and healthy for our children to grow. The City of Edmonton needs to stay engaged with the Province of Alberta and inform them continuously about the importance of continuing to collect this data.

An emerging issue that is becoming more relevant to many Edmonton families is the issue of Childhood anxiety and mental illness. I am interested in working together with Parent Link Centres and CASA, as examples, to develop a Parents Support Network for parents of Children with Childhood Anxiety and mental illness.
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