Last week, Thursday and Friday, I attended the Cities Fit For Children summit for municipalities. I want to thank Val Janz from the local Make Children First organization for encouraging me to go. I learnt a lot about how parent-child interaction is so critical to healthy development for the 0 to 6 years. I also found out what different communities are doing in partnering with school districts to use unused classrooms for preschool and daycare programs. I found an observation from keynoter Suzanne Crowhurst Lennard interesting - she said that high rises are very unfriendly to children and to families and any building should be a maximum of six stories.
I have a page of scrawl that I have yet to process from the sessions - so there may be more to post on takeaways.
My friend, Jordan Bateman, Langely Township Councillor, was also in attendance and his report is here.