There is a broad consensus among researchers, organizations and policy makers that the quality of early learning and child care, and ultimately the outcomes for children and their families, depends on well-educated and competent staff who are supported and working within a competent system.
Important Documents (Alberta/Canada)
AECEA Position Paper on Legislative Change - The upcoming review of Alberta’s child care licensing legislation provides an opportunity for positive change. Legislating higher qualification standards and supports for early childhood educators can help to build an effective, high-quality early learning and child care system that gives Alberta’s children the best possible start in life.
Shared framework for building an early childhood education and care (ECEC) system for all - a shared vision anchored in an evidence-based framework for federal, provincial and territorial governments to use in the building of equitable early childhood education and care (ECEC) for all.
Multilateral Early Learning and Child Care Framework - Federal, Provincial and Territorial - this Framework sets the foundation for governments to work toward a shared long term vision where all children can experience the enriching environment of quality early learning and child care that supports children’s development to reach their full potential.
Advancing the Educational Preparation and Professional Development of Alberta's Early Learning and Care Workforce - The Muttart Foundation (also offers other discussion papers related to ELCC)
Financing Early Learning and Child Care in Canada - a discussion paper by Gordon Cleveland and Michael Krashinsky.
Roadmap to a Quality Early Learning and Child Care System in Alberta - The Muttart Foundation
Research & Releases from Other Provinces
ECEBC Wage Grid Report - "Report findings confirm that a competitive, publicly funded provincial wage grid not only raises wages, but provides consistency and recognition of the essential and valuable work of ECEs."