CYPT Groups

Ongoing groups that work year-round to improve child and youth well-being by leveraging expertise in their focus area.

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Data Research and Evaluation Team (DRE)

An ongoing support team of data, research, and evaluation experts from CYPT member organizations. The Data Team is responsible for tracking, collecting, and analyzing the data to support our shared measurement and the Child and Youth Well-being Dashboard.

If you’re interested in joining this team, contact Dan at
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Communications Action Team (CAT)

An ongoing support team of communications experts from CYPT member organizations who aim to:

  • Bring together communications professionals across member organizations and foster a community of practice
  • Increase the profile of the Children and Youth Planning Table in the broader community
  • Increase the engagement of communications teams across the CYPT membership and the sharing of common messaging to support children and youth in Waterloo Region


If you’re interested in joining this team, contact Christine at

Continuous Professional Learning Committee (CPLC)

An ongoing support team that promotes a system-wide approach to professional learning that advances our Shared Goals and Shared Foundations for Practice. They invite diverse expertise to engage professionals working with children, youth, and families in meaningful learning. The group also supports inter-professional learning that is responsive to sector needs.


If you’re interested in joining this team, contact Sevil at

Working Groups and Task Groups

Aim to accomplish specific child and youth well-being-related goals.

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Measurement4Change / Well-being Shared Measurement Task Group 

Measurement 4 Change, formerly called the Well-being Shared Measurement Task Group, is focused on bringing measurement resources to partners across Waterloo Region so that they way belonging data is collected and measured across our community is consistent.


If you’re interested in joining this group, you can sign up for their mailing list here.

PACEs Steering Committee Working Group


The PACEs Steering Committee Working Group includes representation from a wide cross-section of disciplines and organizations, that is working toward meaningful actions that reinforce what brain science tells us is good for young people that can be implemented system and community-wide.

Early Years Community of Practice (EYCoP)

The EYCoP is a group of CYPT members who are affiliated with various Early Learning and Care-related organizations in Waterloo Region. They gather to meet and discuss topics related to Early Childhood (age 0-6).


If you’re interested in joining this group, email Solami at

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System Change and Coordination Working Group (SCCWG)

Formerly the Children and Families Pandemic Working Group. This group is a connection point for leaders working across the system supporting child, youth and family well-being in real time. They work together to build relationships, decolonize our approaches, share current well-being knowledge, and identify opportunities to collectively address.

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Equity Design Thinking Task Group (EDT)

A group of members who are advising on the upcoming Equity Design Thinking project. Jennifer Gordon from Pineapple Flags is working as a consultant with this group from January to June 2024.

Nested Groups

Groups affiliated with the CYPT that also have their own member organizations.

Early Learning and Literacy Alliance of Waterloo Region (ELLA)

ELLA exists to ignite and fuel an early learning and literacy movement to help ensure a higher quality of life and a stronger community in Waterloo Region.

Parenting Alliance Waterloo Region


The Parenting Alliance links knowledge and best practices with community partners who serve parents and caring adults.


Affiliate Groups

Other groups affiliated with the CYPT.

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Collaborative

Primary Rep: Sue Simpson
Secondary Rep: Erin Sutherland

Child Care Network of Waterloo Region

Primary Rep: Patti Gear
Secondary Rep: Sylvia Watson

Perinatal Mental Health Coalition of Waterloo Region (PMHC)

Primary Rep: Wanda Kampijan
Secondary Rep: Megan Snyder

Special Needs Resourcing Collaborative Waterloo Region (SNRC)


Primary Rep: John Martin
Secondary Rep: Tracy Shonk-Lacey

Transition to Adulthood Community of Interest (T2ACOI)

Primary Rep: Carmen Sutherland


Waterloo Region Child and Youth Services Planning Council

Primary Rep: Kathy Payette
Secondary Rep: Patricia Patterson


Waterloo Region Special Needs Strategy (SNS) Planning Table

Primary Rep: Tracy Elop
Secondary Rep: Laura Thies