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Committed to Best Practice in Early Childhood Education

The Canadian Child Care Federation (CCCF) is the country's largest non-profit, member-based early learning and child care organization. Established in 1987, it represents over 20 provincial and territorial organizations and 11,000 members in the field - including early learning and child care professionals, policy makers, academics, and parents! The CCCF has a vision to improve child care in Canada by supporting its members through advocating capacity building, building better practice, and providing networks and partnerships in the ultimate goal to support the healthy development of children. 

All AECEA members receive a free membership to the CCCF.

Benefex Consulting, the AECEA, and Co-operators Insurance have partnered to offer a benefit plan for professionals and associates working in child care programs. This plan is flexible and offers comprehensive health benefits in the hopes of fostering and retaining a qualified workforce. More information can be found here.

TimeSavR is web-based software for childcare professional administrative tasks. Serving 1,200 dayhome providers and providing assistance to 6,700 licensed staff caring for over 50,000 children, TimeSavR easily handles the many, complex challenges that come with working at a licensed day care. Associate Members get discounted access to TimeSavR, a must-have for any agency or group involved in Alberta's early learning and child care sector.


Foster Park Brokers Inc offers commercial insurance for groups and businesses in the early learning and child care industry in Alberta and was created for members of AECEA. Some of the coverages they offer are:

  • Commercial General Liability 
  • Abuse Defence Liability
  • Property Coverage
  • Commercial Building
  • Supplies and Equipment including outdoor play equipment
  • Business Interruption
  • Cyber Risk
  • Errors & Omissions Liability 
  • Directors and Officers Liability
  • Group Benefits 
  • Life and Critical Illness 

Contact Sheilagh Knapton for more information at:

1 (800) 668-3213 ext. 6225


The Ministry of Children's Services (Government of Alberta) is involved with providing grants to support Child Development Supervisors and funding a current grant the AECEA uses to disburse $150,000 annually for three years to support early learning child care professionals to participate in professional learning groups, workshops/conferences, and post-secondary courses. They're also responsible for the Child Care Subsidy, which provides subsidies to lower-income families and groups to use licensed day care centres, group family child care, family day homes, pre-schools, out-of-school care centres, and early childhood development programs. This subsidy also funds pilot early learning and child care centres intended to respond to a number of gaps in our existing child care system and make them affordable for families. 


The Imagine Institute for Learning (formerly Early Childhood Development Support Services) is a professional development and support organization located in Edmonton, AB. The resources offered by the Institute enables programs to meet the diverse cultural and socioeconomic needs of both staff and families in their communities. They have partnered with AECEA to offer discounts on both their public workshops to individuals and on-site workshops by centre.


UFile is a Canadian tax return software company. They serve over a million Canadians each year. UFile has partnered with AECEA to offer discounts for individual and small business tax returns. 



The Crisis & Trauma Resource Institute provides training and resources in the areas of counselling, mental health, and violence prevention. All training materials are developed through the lens of our core beliefs, including the importance of being culturally sensitive and trauma-informed. We are currently offering a 15% discount on our workshops to AECEA Professional and Student members. For details on workshops coming to Alberta, please go to CTRI Alberta Public Workshops

We also offer training and resources through ACHIEVE Centre for Leadership and Workplace Performance. For information on ACHIEVE workshops coming to Alberta, please visit  ACHIEVE Alberta Public Workshops. Professional and Student members of AECEA also qualify for a 15% discount on ACHIEVE workshops.


The Co-operators Group Limited is a leading Canadian multi-line insurance and financial services co-operative with $41.7 billion in assets under management. You can save up to 40%* when you get an Auto or Home insurance quote. It’s quick and easy to get started. Get a quick Auto or Home insurance quote online at, or call them at 1-800-387-1963.

Receive exceptional coverage and service, including:

Competitive, affordable rates
Personalized auto and home coverage for your unique needs
Exclusive member discounts and flexible payment options
24/7 claims and emergency services

HRdownloads is built on the belief that HR is essential to the growth of any organization. Since 2008, they’ve helped make it clearer, painless, and faster to accomplish HR tasks. Basically, they’re your lifeline for all tasks people-related. They are an end-to-end solution that helps with the entire employee lifecycle, across industries A to Z, coast to coast. Investing in them is an investment in your human capital, and it’s a smart one. Associate members with AECEA can receive a discount of 10% on HRdownloads products.