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In Alberta, everyone contributes to making our communities inclusive and welcoming. Everyone has opportunities to fulfill their potential and to benefit from our thrivingsocial, economic, and cultural life.
Our working definition of poverty:
“The exclusion or lack of resources, resiliency, capabilities, and choices necessary for the enjoyment of an adequate standard of life”
This definition moves beyond income to include concepts of quality of life, social inclusion, access to supports and services, and ability to accumulate and maintain assets.
ECD sets the course for a child’s future. It determines:
In Alberta, all children have a healthy start, safe and healthy environments, nurturing and supportive relationships and opportunities to learn accessed through a connected system of community supports and services.
What principles could be included in a children’s charter?
What role do government, communities, individuals and families have in supporting these principles?
Given the life we want for our children, how does poverty and poverty reduction factor in?
How does poverty affect you in your community?
What contributes most to poverty in your community/region?
What are the most important approaches to reduce poverty? How can we remove barriers, improve inclusion, and enable everyone to participate more fully in their community?
What can community groups, businesses and individuals do to help prevent, reduce, and alleviate poverty in Alberta?
What are some of the early childhood programs and services in your community that are working well?