TOPP KIDS Blog

Welcome!

Welcome to our blog! TOPP KIDS Out of School Clubs is always seeking new ways to stay connected with our families and the larger community! This space is designed to highlighting our outstanding programming company-wide. If you have ever wondered what it’s like to be a TOPP KID, stay tuned! We will also use this blog to share valuable information related to out of school care as well as any useful resources we come across. Also, because TOPP KIDS embraces a family-feel dynamic, we value everyone’s opinion. If you have any topic ideas you would like to see on our blog, let us know! You can email your ideas to [email protected].

Partnership with Calgary Sports and Entertainment Corporation

TOPP KIDS has partnered with Calgary Sports and Entertainment we can have our families BENEFIT even more from being a part of the TOPP KIDS family! We can however also include your ENTIRE SCHOOL and COMMUNITY, raising more awareness for TOPP KIDS and with our donation option, they can help send other TOPP KIDS that typically couldn’t afford to go to games! Money raised as part of the regular ticket price also goes toward sponsoring families that can't typically afford summer camp. If we sell more than 100 tickets to any one event, the amount TOPP KIDS receives DOUBLES and we can help MORE FAMILIES! Other cool parts of our partnership:
  • Autograph sessions available for TOPP KIDS after most games
  • Exclusive family section available for those who like to stay away from other crazy fans
  • Every ticket sold helps a TOPP KID
  • You can donate a ticket for another TOPP KID with any purchase
  • We have the opportunity to organize tunnel runs and other sponsorship opportunities to help kids meet players and be part of the games!
Check back soon for a link to purchase for upcoming games!  

CCCF Calls on Prime Minister Trudeau to Collaborate with NDP and Greens to Build a Pan Canadian Child Care System 

Dear Prime Minister: On behalf of Canada’s child care sector, the Canadian Child Care Federation (CCCF) congratulates you on your second mandate as Prime Minister of Canada. As Canada’s largest national child care organization, representing early learning and child care professionals from across Canada, including the CCCF’s affiliate child care organizations, we look forward to continuing our collaboration with your government and the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development. The important work of building a high quality, pan-Canadian child care system, as committed to in your election platform, is essential and critical for Canada’s children, families and Canada’s Early Learning and Child Care (ELCC) workforce. Your government has taken historic strides on child care including establishing the Indigenous Early Learning and Child Care Framework, creating bilateral agreements with the provinces and territories, funding for innovation projects and the establishment of the Expert Panel on Early Learning and Child Care Data and Research. The CCCF welcomes your commitment to create a national secretariat with the goal of setting the groundwork for a pan-Canadian child care system. We further commend your government for recognizing that Canada’s ELCC workforce—over 253,000 of them of which 249,000 women—requires support. However, moving forward on your campaign commitment, much more is needed than tuition support in order to fully strengthen Canada’s ELCC workforce. A well educated, trained and compensated ELCC is the cornerstone to quality child care. Building on the current bilateral agreements with the provinces and territories along with the infrastructure spending in the child care sector, the path forward must now be to deliver on the promise of creating a national child care secretariat to build this long overdue national child care system for Canada. We further ask that you work across party lines, knowing that Canadians supported your party, the NDP and the Greens, all of which support affordable, accessible and quality ELCC. Personally, I was honoured to be named as a member of your government’s Expert Panel on Early Learning and Child Care, to provide expertise and knowledge garnered from my time as an Early Childhood Educator, service provider and child care advocate. I know first-hand the meaningful difference that quality child care makes for families, communities, and the lives of children. But just as importantly, I understand why the people who provide the education and care for our children—those compassionate professional child care providers—are essential for a progressive policy plan.  The CCCF is focused on collaborating with your government and child care stakeholders to carve out a child care workforce strategy—an integral piece to a quality framework. The CCCF and our partners from across Canada are ready to continue offering our expertise to support you in delivering your promises and more to further our efforts in developing the long-overdue pan-Canadian child care system. Like you, we mean business and are ready to roll up our sleeves to get this done—not in a few years or down the road, but right away. Indeed, if your government truly wants to address deep structural inequalities and income insecurity in Canada, remove gender pay gaps and help families and the middle-class, you will need to build a robust child care system. Our children deserve no less. Sincerely, Don Giesbrecht CEO

A Citywide Strategy for All Children

Can you imagine a Calgary where all kids are supported to reach their fullest potential?   We know the early years have a huge impact on the rest of children’s lives. We want to support children from the prenatal period up to age 8. Overall, our hope is simple. We want a citywide strategy that ensures children are valued, healthy and thriving. With a citywide strategy, Calgary’s children will be able to say:
  • I have a healthy body, mind, and spirit
  • My family and community make me feel safe and stable
  • I am ready to succeed in school and other life settings
  We’ve made our best first draft of what this citywide strategy could look like, but know that a plan like this is strongest when it reflects the knowledge, needs, and experiences of the people it aims to support!   So… parents, caregivers, and adults that care about kids… we need YOU! Please take just a few minutes to fill out our survey and tell us about what you feel supports children’s development in Calgary, what hinders or barriers it, and what you feel needs to change! You can fill out the survey at https://forms.gle/zw6Zvf8do19dGE996 or have a digital copy sent to you directly by message [email protected]   Thank you for your input into building a city where all children are valued, healthy and thriving!   Coalitions Collaborating for Impact (CCI) consists of parents, community members, organizations and professionals who are all working together to better the lives of young children and their families.  We work hard to support five important developmental areas for children based on the Early Development Instrument. We are always looking for interested parties to join our coalitions. If you are passionate about children and their future, and would like more information about your closest early childhood coalition visit http://ecdcoalitions.org/ecca-map/

CV 2020 Canadian Business Awards for the Best Children's / Youth Life Enrichment Organization!

TOPP KIDS Out of School Clubs / ELCC & Community Development are proud to announce we are the proud recipient of the CV 2020 Canadian Business Awards for the Best Children's / Youth Life Enrichment Organization!