Learning Opportunities with ARCQE

ARCQE currently has two significant learning opportunities available to the Early Learning Community underway… 

  1. Reflective Learning Institute with Lorrie Baird & Anne Marie Coughlin- authors of Creating a Culture of Reflective Practice.  This is a one-time unique two-day institute for those looking for an in-depth learning experience exploring the following:
    • Early childhood educators & leaders will be more confident in creating inclusive learning communities that are responsive to the program and educators’ values.
    • Early childhood educators & leaders will strengthen their approaches to building relationships with children, families, & educators.
    • Reflecting on early childhood educator practices and building compassion, collaboration, innovation, and kindness among our teaching practices.

      Last chance to register…  only 4 more days remaining to register!  Spaces are limited and attendance can be supported in person or via regional virtually linked locations!  If your program is working with the Curriculum Framework concepts, this is an event you will want to attend to enrich your learning experience!

      Register at:

  1. ARCQE’s annual National Child Day Conference is also open, but Early Bird Registration is only available until October 28th. This year’s theme is “Children’s Right to Thrive,” and features Dr. Claire Walden from Scotland and Alex Morgan from Boulder Journey School delivering keynotes.

    Given popularity of ARCQE’s virtual conference platform providing opportunity for educators to attend all sessions live or up to 30 days post-event, we are pleased once again to welcome everyone’s participation again this year on the Accelevents platform.  Be sure to attend to hear first hand of an exciting learning event that ARCQE has planned for Spring 2023!  Last year’s event hosted over 400 delegates and this year we hope to break 500 attendees nationally and internationally. 

    ***Don’t miss out – register prior to October 28th to take advantage of early bird savings!!**

    Conference Information & Registration can be found at:

Flight in Practice – Share Your Story!

What does Flight look like in practice? Do you have a story to tell? If so, the Flight research team would like to know!

Starting Fall 2022, they are creating a video series that showcases Flight practices across Alberta.

If your program is engaged in Flight and you would like to highlight your journey – please contact Kelly Hennig at pppinfo@macewan.ca 

The deadline for all applications is October 7th, 2022

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.