Healthy children and youth initiatives
Raising Children website
Alberta Education led a cross-ministry group composed of representatives from Children and Youth Services, Health and Wellness, and Alberta Health Services to develop a new life event section on the Programs and Services website called “Raising Children.”
- On April 1, 2010, the Raising Children website (http://www.programs.alberta.ca/RaisingChildren) was launched.
The Raising Children website will provide parents, families, and care providers with easy-to-use access to information to ensure young children in their care have the resources to achieve success, fulfillment and realize their potential.
Website features include:
- Client Segmentation – Information is organized based on particular client segment groups, such as “Children Like Mine,” “Parents Like Me” and “Resources for Professionals.”
- Subject/Topic Organization – To simplify search and to direct users to relevant information faster, content is organized by subject area/topics such as “Child Care & Early Childhood Programs,” “Healthy Eating & Physical Activity,” “Behaviour & Parenting” and “Health Care & Safety.”
- Google Map Search – Provides the ability to search for government programs and services by postal code or by selecting a specific regional area.
- eSubscription – Allows users to subscribe to information updates specific to Raising Children. Alberta Education’s Communications Branch is leading the development of the eSubscription content.
More than $30 million in funding was announced September 28, 2006 for seven new programs that will help put children and youth on a path to lifelong health. These initiatives include a screening program to detect conditions in newborns, programs to promote healthy weights and an award for healthy school communities.
These initiatives, which are budgeted at $30.6 million over three years, include:
- Pre-school Developmental Screening
- Newborn Metabolic Screening
- Healthy Weights Coordinators
- Child and Youth Nutrition Guidelines
- Health Weights Social Marketing Campaign
- Wellness Fund for Healthy School Communities
- Healthy School Communities Award
These initiatives support the Alberta government's "Getting on With Better Health Care" package released in the summer of 2005.
$3 million per year over three years. The program will fund at least three demonstration projects to encourage innovative approaches to screen, assess and provide intervention to preschool children with learning and developmental delays.
- Fact sheet: Innovative Approaches to Preschool Developmental Screening and Follow-up - Request for Proposals
- Request for Proposals: Innovative Approaches to Preschool Developmental Screening and Follow-up Services
$1.67 million year one and $865,000 for each of the next two years. As of April 1, 2007, the newborn metabolic screening program will be expanded to screen for a total of 17 metabolic conditions in newborns, as well as cystic fibrosis. Alberta will be the first province in Canada screening all newborns for cystic fibrosis.
- $2.7 million per year over three years. Funding will be available to health regions for health promotion professionals to facilitate innovative community-based approaches to promote healthy weights for children and youth.
- $500,000. Guidelines will be developed to help organizations and facilities offer healthy food choices for youth and children.
- $2 million per year over three years. Targeted strategies, initiatives and a campaign to increase awareness and positively influence healthy eating and active living behaviours among children and youth.
$1 million per year. The program will support innovative initiatives that promote healthy living in school communities.
- Wellness Fund information available on the Health U website.
An awards program has been developed to recognize healthy living initiatives in school communities. $200,000 annually.
- Nomination forms are available on the Healthy U website.