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Collaboration at Red River ELC

Collaboration takes learning beyond the walls of my program; it allows me to explore new and wonderful ideas with other educators as well as people in other professions. Developing partnerships with other professionals in our community has allowed me to implement a variety of new experiences and has really opened up some amazing new opportunities for the children at Red River as well as our friends in the community.

Grandpals, for example, is an ongoing project at Red River ELC. Intergenerational programming allows children to interact with elders and brings so much joy to our senior friends. We learn so much when we interact with our friends at the seniors home;
  • Patience
  • History and stories
  • Communication and social-emotional skills
  • Positive attitudes towards aging

To set up our grandpals program I reached out to Jessica, who is the Recreation Manager at the Westhill and our Music and  Movement instructor Ms. Sherri. I also invited our friend Lesley and her littles from Faery Childcare to join us and she brought wonderful ideas to enhance this experience. Together we have hosted two music and movement programs for the children in our programs and the seniors at the Westhill and it has been a tremendous success!

Lesley and I also had an opportunity to collaborate on Pride program planning in June when we invited Ms. Drew (Bradley, an amazing local drag queen) to share stories with our little ones. Inclusion and belonging are very important elements in both of our learning environments, so we were thrilled about implementing Drag Queen Story Time.

Home child care providers are not allowed to visit in each others homes during program hours as there are specific regulations that limit the number of children in a home child care program regardless of the number of educators on site, so we needed to connect with our local librarians and set up the use of the library's community room.

This gave us enough extra space to invite an additional child care program as well as past clients to join us! It was such an exciting visit! Ms. Drew read us two stories about inclusion and different family structures.

I'm glad that we were able to work together bring this amazing experience to life for the children in our programs. Empathy, acceptance and love for one another are such important things for little humans to see reinforced by their educators.

Collaboration with other professionals in Early Childhood Education as well as other professions has brought fresh ideas in to the program at Red River ELC. I really can't wait to continue to branch out and explore other opportunities to develop partnerships in our community!


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