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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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:
February 17, 1pm-4pm
March 17, 10am-11am
What are Effective Tools and Strategies for Making Difficult Decisions? Reflective Engagement on Session 5 Administrative Leadership
April 21, 9am – 12pm
Pedagogical Leadership Part 2
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.
CAFRA IN PARTNERSHIP WITH ORGANIZATIONS BY DESIGN PRESENT:
A LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT SERIES
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Have you checked out Related Resources and Organizations lately? There are some new additions to the list! Click on “Professional Learning,” then “Related Resources and Organizations.”
Check out MacEwan’s BECCS program!
Watch this video to see Rakhi Pancholi, MLA, ask Minister of Children’s Services Rebecca Schulz about support for child care in this 3rd wave.