Thrive by 5: Synthesis Report Executive Summary - page 3

5. SYSTEMS NEED TO FUNCTION AS ONE
Respondents noted that it would be beneficial to have
more synergy among the large systems such as health,
education and human services, when attending to the
needs of children and their families. The desire to have
multiple points of contact for a child throughout their
early years with the various services was important, but it
is more important to have these services work together
to fully meet children’s needs.
In order to encrourage systems to work together,
respondents noted that there needs to be an element
of boldness in order to transform the current structures.
The need to be bold was expressed in a variety of ways.
Thus, discussions of boldness reflected the need to
critically assess the current structures and reconsider how
we work. One way to be bold in bringing about change
is getting the wealth of research available pertaining to
ECD to impact the practices of both families and service
providers.
6. WHAT IS HOLDING US BACK?
While respondents noted that much work has gone into
ECD in recent years to spark increased interest in the
field, the question was posed around what is preventing
real long lasting change in the field. One reason cited
for this was the barriers that are created by the existing
system, for example lack of coordination between larger
systems such as educational and health care, as well
as lack of coordination among ECD service providers.
Respondents also noted that a culture that is increasingly
isolated and driven by self-interest does not encourage
feelings of community, and thus inhibits children from
thriving. Finally, respondents acknowledged that while
much is being said about ECD, there is hesitation around
who will step up and
”lead the charge for change”
.
7. WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?
Respondents all agreed that there needs to be
transformative change within the ECD field in Calgary.
Many were optimistic due to the fact that ECD is a topic
that is gaining interest stating that
“now is the time
for action”
because
“there is strong alignment among
stakeholders.”
In order to accomplish this change,
respondents noted that, moving forward, collaboration is
key.
KEY QUESTIONS
Based on what was learned through the interviews,
the core team identified the key challenges as priority
issues for further discussion and exploration during the
subsequent phases of the Thrive By Five change lab. The
following questions represent the convergence between
issues that were identified and the capacity and ability for
the change lab to make a lasting impact in the system.
1. How can we develop a sustainable business
model for affordable and accessible world-
class early learning and childcare options in
Calgary?
2. How can we ensure our best knowledge on
ECD is widely available and used by parents
and providers of services to ensure children
are thriving in the first 2000 days?
3. How can we provide the children in our lives
with the early experience and nurturing
environments (e.g., parks, community spaces,
urban design, transportation) they need to
grow, learn and thrive?
“We need to have a
certain amount of boldness
around our expectations of
parents, employees and the
government.”
“Kids cut across all sectors.
Everyone has a stake or interest,
both personal and professional
interests.”
1,2 4
Powered by FlippingBook