October 20, 2022: AGM and Professional Development with Amanda Wagner!

October 20 is a big day! For the first time since February, 2020, we will be meeting in person at McKernan Baptist Church, 11103 76 Ave., Edmonton. (Members have the option of attending on Zoom as well. That link will be sent closer to the date.) 

CAFRA AGM and PD RSVP/Registration Form
Please complete the registration form by October 5 to RSVP/register for either/both of the day’s events, indicating if you intend to attend in-person or on-line. 

CAFRA Annual General Meeting
Time: 9:00am – 10:00am
Cost: Free for CAFRA Professional and Individual Members (Interested non-members are welcome to attend as guests of members.)
Remember – if you’d like to serve on CAFRA’s Board of Directors, please let Kristy or me know before October 13.

CAFRA Professional Development with Amanda Wagner 
Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm 
Cost: Free for CAFRA Professional Members. $125 for CAFRA Individual Members or non-members (payment information is in the registration form)
We are bringing in Amanda Wagner, a fiercely ambitious speaker and business strategist for leaders who are hungry for achievement, driven to have a meaningful impact, and want to get fired up and focused! After two years of pivoting and unpredictability throughout the pandemic, we are bringing in Amanda to support us in reconnecting with why our work matters, the impact we have (and want to have), and elements of creating a consistent and consistently excellent experience for children and families. 

Hope to see you there! Please e-mail Vicki at admin@cafra.ca if you have any questions.

Coming in 2022!

Thursday, September 15, 9am – 10:30am:
We’ll welcome everybody back and have lots of time for discussion together and in breakout rooms plus information and a resource list for National Truth and Reconciliation Day. Also – what are your plans for ECE Professional Development Day on October 21?  There will be time to share your ideas or find new ones! The agenda is attached. 

Thursday, October 20th, 9:00am – Noon:
(Hybrid meeting: Zoom and in-person at McKernan Baptist Church)
AGM and Professional Development 9:00am – 12:00pm
There will be morning coffee and snacks. We’ll take care of AGM business, including the board election. There will then be a 2-hour PD session with Amanda Wagner (details coming soon!). 

Thursday, November 17th, 9:00am – 10:30am
(Zoom meeting – watch e-mail for link)
Speakers – to be announced

Thursday, December 16, 9:00am – 1:30pm:
(in-person at McKernan Baptist Church; PD event will also be available on Zoom)
PD Event and Holiday Luncheon
9:00am – 9:30am Coffee/tea/snacks/socializing
9:30am – 11:30am Session with Amanda Wagner
11:30am – 1:30pm Holiday Luncheon

Upcoming Flight Training

Apply between June 27 and July 11 for the free, online course Exploring Early Childhood Curriculum to explore  Flight: Alberta’s Early Learning and Care Framework.   ​This is a course for early childhood educators working in Alberta’s licensed and approved programs.  ​For more information contact: pppinfo@macewan.ca

What’s New?

Changes to CAFRA’s Leadership Development Series

A decision has been made to switch the PD topics for February/March with April/May. April’s topic includes tools that might assist with the current “overwhelmed” leadership state by looking at administration, prioritizing, decision making tools, etc. Our PD participants would benefit from this topic in February rather than waiting until April. The material that was to be for February/March (coaching and mentoring) will be moved to April/May. (The material is fluid so does not need to be delivered in any particular order.) 

Here is the new PD schedule:

Session 5
February 17, 1pm-4pm
Administrative Leadership 

Session 6
March 17, 10am-11am
What are Effective Tools and Strategies for Making Difficult Decisions? Reflective Engagement on Session 5 Administrative Leadership

Session 7
April 21, 9am – 12pm
Pedagogical Leadership Part 2 

Session 8
May 19, 10am – 11am
How Do I Optimize Learning with Early Educators and Families? Reflective Engagement on Session 7 Pedagogical Leadership Part 2

You can view the updated event flyer and register for the February, March, April and/or May events at the links below.

UPDATED Leadership Development Series Registration Form

What’s New?


CAFRA is hosting an online Professional Development Series for leaders in early learning and child care with sessions occurring Oct 2021 through May 2022. Please see the flyer for more information or send us a message! The next session is December 16 and the registration deadline for that session is December 1.

Town Hall Meeting

Video of Town Hall Meeting held on September 16, 2021

September 16, 2021
11:00am – 12:00pm

CAFRA is excited to be hosting a Town Hall-style meeting for Edmonton mayoral candidates to discuss municipal Early Learning and Care issues. Anyone is welcome to attend. It is a free event. Registration is required. Registration spaces are limited so register now! Town Hall Registration

What’s New?

The MacEwan Flight Research Team is pleased to offer a save-the-date for the Flight course in the upcoming Fall term. They will provide a link to submit an Expression of Interest form for the course registration before the opening date of July 7, 2021, and we will share that with you as soon as we receive it.

As a government-funded project, only educators from licensed and approved programs will be considered for a space in the course. Due to limited spaces in the course, the offer to register will be decided on the basis of balancing regional representation across Alberta, as well as program type.

Please go to https://flightframework.ca/ for more information regarding Alberta’s Early Learning and Care Framework. For more course information, please contact: pppinfo@macewan.ca.

What’s New?

CAFRA’s Advocacy and External Relations Committee has completed a briefing note regarding the federal funding of early learning and child care in Alberta. This briefing note provides a summary of what CAFRA would like to see included in Alberta’s early learning and childcare plan. You can view the document here.

What’s New?

Webinar: “What’s Next for Child Care Following the Federal Budget”

Written by Leah Tolman

I just finished listening to a webinar called What’s Next for Child Care Following the Federal Budget which was hosted by Child Care Now, Canadian Child Care Federation, and Child Care Resource & Research Unit. It was very informative and they were able to correct some misinformation that has been widely circulating in news reports and even referenced by provincial governments. Here is the link to the recorded webinar: What’s Next for Child Care Following the Federal Budget

A couple of things they noted:
– When the federal budget says that they hope to get to a 50/50 cost share between the federal and provincial governments, it DOES NOT mean provinces need to spend new money dollar-for-dollar to get the federal investment. Provinces currently cover most of the government costs associated with child care and the intention is that the federal government aims to match provincial spending levels. Again, not a dollar for dollar matching program.
– This new funding ($30 Billion over 5 years) is in addition to the 2017 funding negotiated in bilateral agreements AND in addition to the $420 million announced last fall for workforce development.
– This new funding ($30 Billion over 5 years) is intended for ALL LICENSED AND REGULATED child care, not exclusive to the non-profit sector.

They encouraged people to sign up to mailing lists on their websites to gain access to current information. I’ll put links below.

Child Care Now
Child Care Now on Facebook

Canadian Child Care Federation
Canadian Child Care Federation on Facebook

Child Care Resource and Research Unit
Child Care Resource and Research Unit on Facebook

What’s New?

News from CAFRA’s Advocacy Committee

Written by Leah Tolman
The advocacy group met at the end of the last membership meeting. We were able to draft a form letter advocating for ECE’s to be prioritized in the vaccine schedule. Please feel free to use it, share it, personalize it, etc. and send it off to the relevant decision makers. We are also sharing a form letter created by another group which advocates for PPE for childcare centres. Again, feel free to use it if it makes sense for you. 

One another note, big news yesterday out of the Federal government! There’s just so much going on in our worlds: creating new Program Plans, the end of the ELCC $25/day program, dealing with COVID-19 and all that comes with it (enrollment, centre closures, staffing issues, vaccines, PPE) the list goes on and on. I hope we can all take a moment to reflect on how momentous this moment is for early learning and childcare (not to mention women and families.) I’ve heard many of your voices and seen many of your faces in the media over the last few weeks, and many others have been advocating behind the scenes. Thank-you to all of you for working so passionately for something so important.