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What’s New?

Information on AECEA’s Dr. Sherrill Brown Award can be found below this post. Information on the upcoming AECEA conferences on April 24 and April 25 can be found under Professional Learning.

Will you be attending this month’s February CAFRA Membership Meeting on February 20 from 9am to 11am at Southview Child Care? There will also be a special meeting from 11am to 11:45am to discuss CAFRA’s suggestions to changes to Alberta Child Care Regulations and Act. Your contribution is important – please stay if you can! Hope to see you there! On this month’s agenda:

  • Learn about your Board’s work on CAFRA governance.
  • Find out about upcoming professional development opportunities.
  • Get essential information on early learning advocacy and public policy.
  • Get involved! Submit your name or another nominee for CAFRA Board of Directors.
  • Participate in the development of a Code of Conduct for CAFRA members.
  • Most importantly, stay for 45 minutes after the meeting to contribute to the development of CAFRA’s suggestions for changes to Alberta Child Care Regulations and Act.

2020 AECEA Dr. Sherrill Brown Award of Distinction

The Association of Early Childhood Educators of Alberta is pleased to present the 2020 AECEA Dr. Sherrill Brown Award of Distinction. This award recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the advancement of early learning and quality child care in Alberta.

Selection Criteria
Award recipients must have made outstanding contributions in the following areas:
Involvement with the Early Learning and Child Care Community
The nomination should describe and provide evidence of the nominee’s involvement and/or impact with families and the early learning and child care community.
Commitment to the Field
The nomination should describe and provide evidence of the nominee’s ongoing commitment to improve the child care profession and enhance the abilities of others in the field.
The nomination should describe and provide evidence of the nominee’s use of creative approaches to support and advance early learning and quality child care: locally, provincially, and/or federally.

View the eligibility requirements here

Submit your nomination here

What’s New?

Whether you are a returning member or would like to become a new member, remember that 2020 membership fees are due February 29, 2020. (Thank you to those who have already paid!)

Do you have a passion for leadership and advocacy? Would you like to contribute to CAFRA by serving on its Board of Directors? Elections will be held at this year’s AGM on March 19, 2020. Nominations will be accepted beginning February 20, 2020. The Board meets monthly on the first Thursday of each month from 9:00am to 11:00am at McKernan Child Development Centre.

AECEA is seeking presenters for its upcoming 2nd Annual Student Conference. See details under Professional Learning: Upcoming PD Opportunities. If you are interested in presenting or know someone who would be ideal, the presenter application form can be found here. Application deadline is February 14, 2020.

What’s New?

Check out Upcoming Professional Development Events under Professional Learning for details about a NEW upcoming opportunity: Resources for Infant Educarers: RIE® Foundations: Theory and Observation Course being offered here in Edmonton at McKernan CDC beginning March 2!

Watch your e-mail! Each member agency received an e-mail regarding current member information on file. Send any corrections to Vicki before January 14 as membership invoices will go out that day. Thanks!

Looking forward to seeing many of our members at the Google Training courses on Thursday!

What’s New?

Have you signed up for CAFRA’s FREE* Google Training course yet? Check your e-mail or see more information under Events on this page. Remember – this is in place of our January membership meeting. Sign up here:
*FREE for CAFRA members

Here are the details again:

After reviewing the technology needs survey we have arranged for Metro Continuing Education to deliver a Google Essentials workshop on Thursday, January 16.  The training will be delivered twice to ensure small group sizes of  20 people max. Organizations are asked to limit sign up to one person to give all programs the opportunity to attend.  Should space be available near the cut off time, you will be invited to sign up a second person from your organization.  We are pleased to offer this training as part of our professional development commitment for 2020, at no additional cost to the member.

Course Description We all know that Google is a big part of the online landscape—but does your Google savvy go beyond the search engine? Join us for a relaxed introduction to a series of Google’s most useful apps, including Google Drive, Docs, Sheets and Slides. We’ll also cover Gmail. By the end of the course, you’ll have a handle on what these apps do and how they work together. 
Course Location Metro Continuing Education, 7835 – 76 Ave NW, Edmonton
Course Date Thursday, January 16, 2020 (in lieu of CAFRA meeting)
Course Times 9am to noon OR 1pm to 4pm
Course Facilitator Shawn Gramiak
Please follow this link to signup  Registration will close on January 6.

What’s New?

In response to several requests for the opportunity to discuss recent cuts to the Benefit Contribution Grant we have decided to modify Thursday’s event’s agenda. The first 45 minutes of the morning will be used for round table work: 10 minutes venting and the next 35 minutes brainstorming solutions and a CAFRA position. We’ll then put it aside and focus on being with one another in play and celebration of successes.

If you did not RSVP yes for this event, but would like to participate in the the round table conversation, please respond to Shea at directly.

What’s New?

CAFRA Christmas Lunch
Watch for your Evite to the Christmas lunch, coming soon! The Christmas Lunch will be held at Mckernan Baptist Church from 10am to 2pm on December 19. The deadline to RSVP will be December 13. If you have any dietary restrictions you would like accommodated, you MUST let Vicki know before December 5. Send your dietary requests to her at

2020 Essential Pieces Conference Seeks Presenters
The 2020 Essential Pieces Conference will be held on April 25, 2020.

AECEA’s 2020 Essential Pieces Conference Committee is working hard on putting together an inspiring, professional conference for you for the 2020 conference. Look for registration details in January 2020.

In planning this conference, they would like to have workshop sessions that are relevant to the work that you do and topics that you want to learn more about. Therefore, they are putting out a call for presenters and would like your assistance in forwarding the form to presenters that you think may be relevant to AECEA members. It may be someone you have heard that has inspired you in your work and/or a session that you would like to participate in or it may be a session you present.

The deadline for proposals is Friday, December 6, 2019, all proposals must be submitted through the online form by that date in order to be considered. Find the Presenter Application Form here.

What’s New?

NEW professional development opportunities have been posted under Professional Learning. Know of any great opportunities we can share with CAFRA members? Send the information to

Are you familiar with the workshops and courses offered by Edmonton Chamber of Voluntary Organizations? They serve non-profits and charities in the Alberta capital region and offer a wide variety of events, workshops, and webinars beneficial to non-profit professionals. Check out their calendar of events. You can also subscribe to the ECVO newsletter here.

Mark your calendar: the next CAFRA members meeting will be our Christmas Lunch on December 19 from 10am to 2pm. More details will be sent out soon!

National Child Day Proclamation Celebration

Early Childhood Educators’ Professional Development at McKernan Child Development Centre

What are YOUR plans for Early Childhood Educators’ Professional Development Day? This year, McKernan Child Development Centre hosted their ECE PD Day events in September!  

On Friday, September 20, the McKernan Child Development Centre team and Community of Learners partners took part in “Action Research: It Sounds So Scary” with Beverly Dietze. This full day workshop answered questions such as: Why Action Research? Why do the words Action Research sound so scary? Why is the topic becoming prevalent in early childhood education?  Where do I begin? Where do we begin as a team?

Participants were introduced to principles of action research and how the process can provide a new lens to discover how children embrace their indoor and outdoor environments, their sense of curiosity, play, learning, and development. Using a variety of action research strategies, participants explored ways to capture action research, document the process, include children in the process, examine the findings that shed light on what the story is telling us, and determine how pedagogy and action research support quality programming.

On Saturday, September 21, MCDC hosted another session with Beverly Dietze. Thirty-two CAFRA directors and members attended “Cultivating Change Processes and Advancing Practices = Staff Renewal.” This session explored the questions: Why is change so challenging?  How are plans for change rolled out?  What happens if the change process is not done correctly?  What leadership skills are necessary? Why do some staff embrace it and others find it hard to adjust? How do I coach and support change?

New research, curriculum frameworks, and emerging ways of knowing are causing change to early learning programs and practices. But, going through change can either be rocky for and with staff or be the impetus for cultivating new areas of staff curiosity and renewal. This workshop introduced the theory of change followed by the examination of leadership skills and strategies to support the change process in teams with diverse generations, cultures, skills and talents. Using a variety of examples, participants engaged in thought-provoking discussions that provided insight into how staff can be empowered to embrace change and gain a sense of renewal through the change process. 

If you haven’t shared your ECE PD Day plans yet, please send them to Vicki at so we can share them on the website. It doesn’t matter if you have room to host other attendees – just let us know how you are promoting ECE PD Day! Feel free to share photos and reports about your day as well and we will post them on our website.