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What’s New?

Your CAFRA Leadership Team was hard at work Thursday morning, finalizing plans for the upcoming Directors’ Retreat on June 20.

All members have been sent Evites and information for the event. RSVPs must be received by June 12. Questions? Contact Vicki at

What’s new?

In the wise words of author Marty Chan: “If the candidate or party that I chose doesn’t win, it will mean I will have to work harder to shape the world I want to live in. If my candidate or party wins, I know the work isn’t done and I can’t rely entirely on a government to make my world better.” Whether your candidate did or did not win, we can all agree we have lots of work to do together! (Check Marty Chan’s Facebook page to see the rest of his quote.)

April and May are busy months for Professional Learning opportunities! Check out “Upcoming Events” under “Professional Learning” to see what’s coming up.

Are you ready to vote?

The provincial election is coming up Tuesday, April 16, 2019. If you were able to attend the membership meeting on March 21, you had the chance to hear about the election, the candidates, and advocacy. Links to the resources provided at the meeting are available under “Advocacy.”

What’s New?

Check out Upcoming Events for information about AECEA’s upcoming Engagement Webinars.

CAFRA membership fees are due now. If you haven’t paid yet and have questions, please contact Vicki at It’s important to include the membership form so we can update our member information. Also, be sure to complete and return the Membership Directory form if you’d like your agency to be included/updated.

CAFRA is on its way to attaining non-profit society status. Next step? Approving the by-laws at the March membership meeting.

What’s New?

Well, it’s really, really cold out there, but that’s nothing new anymore! There are already more hours of sunlight in a day and spring will be here before we know it!

EndPovertyEdmonton ELCSC is hosting a series of Talking Circles. The purpose of the Talking Circles is to shape and develop an approach that is responsive to the unique and distinctions-based needs of Indigenous children and their families in the city of Edmonton. See Upcoming Events for more details.

A reminder from AECEA that, if you are a CDS, professional development funding for upcoming conferences is still available. Applications can only be submitted through their online form and must be submitted prior to March 31, 2019 in order to be processed under the 2018-2019 fiscal year.

What’s New?

More new information today!

Under Related Organizations and Resources, Community Options has been added along with a link to their newsletters. A link to information about their upcoming Spring Into Inclusion conference is under Upcoming Events.

Heather Raymond has very kindly share many links to resources as well as her Power Point presentation and an electronic version of one of the articles she share with members at the last meeting. A link to all three documents can be found under Related Organizations and Resources as well as here.

January 17, 2019, Membership Meeting minutes are now available under “For Current Members.” (Need the password? E-mail Vicki at

What’s New?

Under Advocacy, a link to First 2000 Days has been added. Here you will find the postcards discussed at our last membership meeting as well as lots of suggestions for communicating with candidates about their positions related to early learning and child care.

Under “Membership”, the 2019 Membership Form, Membership Directory Form, and membership information is available by clicking “Join Us!”

What’s New?

Under Professional Learning – Related Organizations and Resources, check out NEW links to Brain Story Certification, Brain Architecture Game Facilitator Training, and the Edmonton Early Years Coalition.

NEW Upcoming Events have been added: 2019 School Age Care Conference and MacEwan Child Care Conference

What do you need to know that you can’t find on the website? What’s missing that you’d like to see here? Please send any questions or feedback to Vicki at

Welcome to a New Year!

We hope that you had a wonderful holiday season and wish you a happy 2019!

In December, CAFRA members attended the Directors’ Christmas Lunch. Thank you to Adine Shuchuk and Wendy Keiller for leading the group in The Brain Architecture Game, a game about the powerful role of relationships in early brain development. This was followed by delicious food from A Cappella Catering and time to relax and connect. Thanks also to Kristy Thomas for her organizing efforts and McKernan Baptist Church for allowing us to use their space for our event.

AECEA CDS PD Funding Available

AECEA still has funds available for PD for Child Development Supervisors! Don’t miss out if you qualify. Go here for more information.