Association of Early Childhood Educators of Alberta (AECEA)
Mission: AECEA amplifies the voice of early childhood educators by advocating for higher educational standards, better wages and working conditions, and comprehensive system supports. Our mission is to transform Alberta’s early learning and child care (ELCC) workforce into a recognized profession.
Vision: Well-qualified, well-compensated early childhood educators are respected as professionals, valued for their important work, and supported in providing high-quality child care for Alberta’s children and families.
The Association of Early Childhood Educators of Alberta (AECEA) is a non-profit, member-based society comprising early childhood educators, out of school care staff, child care staff/contractors, post-secondary ELCC students and faculty members, and other groups and individuals who support the goals of the AECEA. Born out of the Alberta Child Care Network Association and the Early Childhood Professional Association of Alberta, AECEA works hard to amplify the voice of the early learning and child care workforce in Alberta. A proud affiliate member of the Canadian Child Care Federation, its goal is to transform Alberta’s early learning and child care workforce into a recognized profession.
Looking for information on PD funding? Funding is now available through Alberta Child Care Grant Funding Program. You can also find information about the new funding program on AECEA’s website: Professional Development Funding.
Alberta Resource Centre for Quality Enhancement (ARCQE)
The Alberta Resource Centre for Quality Enhancement offers accessible programming to the Early Learning and Care Service sector, helping professionals deliver quality practices that support community, children and families.
Brain Architecture Information
Website: The Brain Architecture Game
A game about the powerful role of relationships on early brain development. The Brain Architecture Game is a tabletop game experience that builds understanding of the powerful role of experiences on early brain development – what promotes it, what derails it, with what consequences for society.
Since 2009, thousands of people in groups around the world have played the Brain Architecture Game, gaining a memorable, compelling perspective on the lifelong impact of early childhood experiences.
The game is a 75-90 minute experience optimized for groups of 4-6 people per table. It can be played in small workshops, conferences, and large events, with as few as 8, or as many as 300 participants.
Brain Story Certification through Alberta Family Wellness Initiative – https://www.albertafamilywellness.org/training. This free in-depth course is designed for anyone who wants to learn more about the science of brain development. This certification includes 19 self-paced modules to be completed in 1 year. The AFWI website is also a great source for brain development resources.
Canadian Child Care Federation (CCCF)
Child Friendly Edmonton
Website: Child Friendly Edmonton
The City of Edmonton has a clear vision: to create a vibrant, connected, safe, sustainable and welcoming city.
A child-friendly city welcomes and involves children and youth and promotes their well-being and safety. It fosters the rights of young people as contributing members of society who have a sense of ownership and a voice in their community.
Child Friendly Edmonton, in a spirit of cooperation and collaboration, works with citizens, community groups and orders of government to create the best possible results for children and their families.
The Child Friendly Edmonton Initiative is based on the International UNICEF Child Friendly Cities Initiative. It promotes the implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child at the level where it has the greatest direct impact on children’s lives: in the cities where they live.
Website: Community Options
Community Options is a non-profit charitable organization which has provided a variety of services to children and their families since 1977 in Edmonton and the surrounding area, as well as professional development opportunities. Community Options encourages, educates, and inspires children and their families to fully participate within their community.
Keep up with their recent news by reading their newsletters here.
Edmonton Council for Early Learning and Care
Report from the Early Learning and Care Committee (two PDFs on the right hand side of the page)
Resources and links shared with us by Heather Raymond, including links to resources, her PowerPoint presentation, and an electronic version of an article she shared at the meeting. All can be found here.
Edmonton Chamber of Voluntary Organizations (ECVO)
The Edmonton Chamber of Voluntary Organizations serves non-profits and charities in the Alberta capital region and offers a wide variety of events, workshops, and webinars beneficial to non-profit professionals. Check out their calendar of events.
Edmonton Early Years Coalition
Website: Edmonton Early Years Coalition
Be active in the early years of your child and in the community! Be part of the group of parents, caregivers, professionals who take small steps to be engaged or if you would like to contribute to the coalition or receive more information, please send us an email. firstname.lastname@example.org
Website: Live Active
Live Active is a collaborative strategy to encourage Edmontonians of all ages, abilities and interests to enjoy the benefits of physical activity.
Website: Nourishing Beginnings
The Nourishing Beginnings program has launched module one: Supporting Young Eaters. This is an online nutrition program designed for Alberta ELCC educators with the support of leaders in early childhood and nutrition. The program is free and educators have ongoing access to each module and digital resources after they have completed it.
Educators who register for the Supporting Young Eaters module have access to:
– the e-learning module with original videos, and
– six digital resources (provided at completion of the module)
Play, Participation, Possibilities
Website: Play, Participation, Possibilities
An early learning and child care curriculum framework for Alberta
Public Interest Alberta
Website: Public Interest Alberta
Public Interest Alberta. (2019, January 16). Results of child care survey show vital importance of government’s $25-a-day program. [Media Release]. Retrieved from https://www.pialberta.org/results_of_child_care_survey_show_vital_importance_of_government_s_25_a_day_program.
Summary of survey results can be found here.