The Association of Early Childhood Educators of Alberta (AECEA) is a non-profit, member-based society comprising early childhood educators, out-of-school care staff, child care staff/contractors, post-secondary ELCC students and faculty members, and other groups and individuals who support the goals of AECEA. Born out of the Alberta Child Care Network Association and the Early Childhood Professional Association of Alberta, AECEA works hard to amplify the voice of the early learning and child care workforce in Alberta. A proud affiliate member of the Canadian Child Care Federation, its goal is to transform Alberta's early learning and child care workforce into a recognized profession.
AECEA offers three membership categories:
Professional members are Alberta-certified early childhood educators (ECEs) and post-secondary educators who work in the field of early learning and child care. This category also includes staff and contractors who work for, or in support of, licensed child care programs and approved family day home agencies.
Student members are enrolled in post-secondary early learning and child care programs in Alberta. Students in leadership, management, human resources, and other programs related to early learning and child care are also eligible for AECEA membership. Membership is free for full-time students.
Associate members are agencies or groups that support AECEA’s goals. This can include early learning and child care centres.
Why Become a Member?
Having an AECEA membership comes with a variety of benefits.
Advocacy & Community
AECEA’s professional community supports one another and unites like-minded people across Alberta. AECEA and its members collaborate, share vital information and connect through events. As advocates, we work hard to influence positive change for our members, bringing a powerful voice to topics that matter.
Relevant Educational Resources
An AECEA membership gives you access to valuable members-only resources, including important research, educational articles and discounts on professional learning opportunities, including all AECEA- and partner-sponsored workshops and events.
Benefits & Discounts
Members receive discounts on personal tax returns and home and auto insurance through The Co-Operators. If your employer is an AECEA member, they can also access a health benefits program for you that has been created specifically for AECEA members.