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In May, the Empowermind team teamed established a partnership with the Centre for Child Well-Being and MRU Child Care Centre (MRUCCC) and offered children between the ages of three to six with a six-week yoga and mindfulness program. The curriculum was designed for the sole purpose of engaging these children in activities to promote self-regulation and mindfulness through a yoga practice. A key objective of this program was to introduce new language and skills to children to help them increase self-awareness and skill development when coping with a range of normal emotions experiences on a daily basis.

Upon concluding this pilot project the Empowermind team had an opportunity to chat with children’s parents, early childhood educators (ECE’s), and the director of the MRU Child Care Centre. The feedback received was very positive. Parents shared experiences of when their child utilized a teaching from the program in a real life scenario. One particular experience shared was when a child used the mindful jar to help calm down, when feeling in distress. The director from the MRU Child Care Centre voiced that the program was of great value in connecting yoga and mindfulness skills into the daycare classroom. Moving forward the Empowermind team would like to continue their relationship with the Centre for Child Well-Being, in offering yoga and mindfulness programming for children. The continued partnership with the Centre for Child Well- Being would enable the Empowermind team to strengthen their program offerings for children and youth. The Empowermind team would be interested in following up from this pilot project with a more comprehensive research study to obtain valuable qualitative research examining themes of self-regulation and self-awareness. Supporting research will allow the Empowermind Team to expand their program offerings into early childhood learning centers, and community based settings. The Empowermind team would also like to facilitate a professional development yoga teacher training for ECE’s to provide teachers with tools to incorporate yoga and mindfulness into the classroom.
Video Demonstrations of Yoga Practices:

ECEs in Yoga Training

Children in Yoga Practice

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Start Smart Stay Safe (S4) began in 2010 as a collaborative three-year pilot project between the Calgary Police Service (CPS), Calgary Board of Education (CBE), Calgary Catholic School District (CCSD), and Mount Royal University’s Centre for Child Well-Being (MRU). It was funded through Alberta Justice Safe Communities Innovation Funding. In September 2013, S4 began the city-wide rollout in all Calgary elementary schools and will

The intention is to support schools and families in a meaningful way and to move the focus of community policing toward education and prevention and away from the perception of policing as limited to law enforcement.


S4 is a proactive and practical, strengths-based model of teaching/learning where police, families, and schools partner together to actively build positive relationships, create safe communities and prepare children for the challenges of our complex, changing world. 

S4 is rooted in the belief that children who are aware of their personal strengths and relationships will become more resilient and better able to navigate challenging situations like substance abuse, negative peer groups, and victimization.

Calgary-wide Database for Child, Youth, and Family Service Providers 

“You can’t manage what you don’t measure!” 

With financial support from The Calgary Foundation’s Community Grant Program, the Centre for Child Well-Being and Integrative Health Institute at Mount Royal University (MRU) together with community partners facilitated a year-long investigation into the feasibility of developing a Calgary-wide shared data system or data sharing initiative for child, youth, family, and human service providers. 

The community engagement process centered on four key questions: 

Is there a need for a Calgary child and family community data repository?

Is there a core group of agencies willing to move forward to create a Calgary Child and Family Community Data Repository? Is there leadership capacity and commitment to do so?

What resources – financial, capital, and human – need to be available to ensure success of a Calgary Child and Family Community Data Repository?

What governance structures need to be developed within agencies to ensure success of a Calgary Child and Family Community Repository?


The feasibility analysis concluded that there is a readiness in the Calgary human service sector to begin embracing data for social change.

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Data Management Project

Phase 2

Over the course of 2014, data was collected from twelve participating community-based organizations in Calgary and area. The data was examined to determine factors affecting a variety of areas related to ‘positive relationships’ – the pilot indicator, and its impact on child and family well-being. Emergent themes were identified and are being used to demonstrate the viability of the data management system.

Moving forward, Calgary Thrives will be focusing on engaging new community members and expanding to other agencies through the use of workshops. The workshops will serve to strengthen capacity in Calgary and area community agencies as a whole. Momentum is building as we move forward with this initiative.  Collective impact has proven to be a valuable framework for the continuing work of Calgary Thrives.

Phase 1

Feasibilty Analysis Final Report – August 15, 2013

An overview of the project including recommendations is available in the Data Management Partnership – Feasibility Analysis Final Report

View the report here.

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