Supporting Success of ALL Children and Families! Did you know there are only 2000 days from birth until your child starts school? This first 2000 days is a time of rapid brain development which lays the foundation for a child’s future. Kids In The Early Years (K.I.T.E.) is a community coalition of caring adults dedicated to raising awareness and supporting parents and caregivers during those first 2000 days. Service providers, parents and caregivers are encouraged to connect through K.I.T.E. to share resources and current information regarding child development.

Check back regularly to find information and activities to support you as your child grows. K.I.T.E. is your directory for events and activities geared for you and your growing child. If you would like more information about K.I.T.E. please contact Dawn at the Hanna Learning Centre at 403.854.2099.


Have you heard the news? The Early Years Fair is returning to Hanna!! On June 2 families in the Hanna area can join us for a fun-filled morning of activities, information and give-aways geared for families with children ages 0 to 5. Come meet other families and learn about your child’s growth and development as you get your questions answered by service providers from the community.

2016 EYF poster
Party vector designed by Freepik
Click here to register online for the 2016 Hanna Early Years Fair. If you have questions or want more information, call Glenda at 403.854.2099 Ext. 212.


Early Childhood Development Survey Results are in…

Early Development Instrument (EDI) results for Hanna and the rest of Alberta were collected twice between 2009 and 2013 by school authorities. The Early Development Instrument is a tool that measures the development of kindergarten-aged children in five areas of development (physical health and well-being, social competence, emotional maturity, language and thinking skills, and communication skills and general knowledge).

How did Hanna and area children measure up?

EDI pie charts

For more detailed information on the Hanna and area results and to see how we compare with the rest of Alberta, visit www.ecmap.ca.


Making the Most of Your Child’s First 2000 Days…

Kids Have Stress, too!

Everyone, including children, deals with stress on a daily basis, but some are better able to cope with stress than others.  How children manage their stress affects their overall emotional and physical well-being, and influences their behaviour and decision-making skills as they mature.

Continue reading Kids Have Stress for more information on what causes stress in children, how children develop stress-coping abilities, when parents should be concerned, how to help children manage stress, and a link to a booklet for additional information on children and stress.


Our Great Book Picks…

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin & Eric Carle – Bold illustrations and simple rhymes engage babies and toddlers.  Also great for children who are learning the names of colours and animals.

Are You my Mother? by P.D. Eastman – A newly hatched baby bird goes in search of his mother in this hilarious Dr. Seuss book.

Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crocket Johnson – A timeless classic.  “Armed with an oversized purple crayon, young Harold draws himself a landscape full of wonder and excitement.”

Love You Forever by Robert N. Munsch –  Any mother out there, or any child with an aging parent will have a lump in their throat after reading this emotional story.




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