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Key Documents

Flight: Alberta's Early Learning and Care Framework - This curriculum framework is the result of a collaborative effort of many, intended to guide the practice of early childhood educators working in centre based child care and family day homes in Alberta.

Indigenous Early Learning and Child Care Framework - The Indigenous Early Learning and Child Care Framework represents the Government of Canada and Indigenous peoples’ work to co-develop a transformative Indigenous framework that reflects the unique cultures, aspirations and needs of First Nations, Inuit and Métis children across Canada.

Indigenous Ways of Knowing - Created by Mount Royal University student, Brye Robertson

Organizations, Government Ministries & Other Resources

Active for Life Early Years Tool Kit - The early years are the right time to begin developing physical literacy. Through active and exploratory play, children develop the essential motor skills that form the foundation for a lifetime of physical activity and health. Through regular physical activity, they also become better learners.

Active for Life ECE Resources - Research has shown that physical activity has a significant effect on children’s cognitive functioning. It is believed that physical activity and play in the early years in particular has a profound effect on the development of children’s executive function, cognitive flexibility, and attention. 

Alberta Child Poverty Report 2018 - The annual Alberta Poverty Report is an annual report created by the Edmonton Social Planning Council, in partnership with Public Interest Alberta and the Alberta College of Social Workers.

Alberta Family Child Care Association (AFCCA)  – An affiliate of the Canadian Child Care Federation. This association is involved in national efforts to promote standards and equity in the child care field.

Alberta Family Wellness Initiative – The Alberta Family Wellness Initiative (AFWI) facilitates research into early brain development as well as addiction and mental health treatment, and applies this research to policies and practices that support positive lifelong health outcomes. It also connects and collaborates with leaders in policy, research, education, and service delivery to turn scientific discoveries and insights into measurable results.

Alberta Government - Child Care Certification Guide - A comprehensive, PDF guide to certification in Alberta

Alberta Health Services - Children's Mental Health Learning Series – A variety of resources, presentations and video on children, youth and mental health.

Alberta Health Services - Healthy Eating at Child Care Centres – resources and tools to support healthy food environments in child care programs.

Alberta Health Services- Healthy Parents, Healthy Children – resources about becoming a parent, the people who provide you care, your developing baby, and terms your healthcare provider will use when discussing your pregnancy.

Alberta Ministry of Children's Services - provincial Ministry responsible for child care and intervention, early childhood development, foster and kinship care, adoption and improvements for children and youth.

Alberta Ministry of Community & Social Services - provincial Ministry responsible for income, employment, disabilities and community-based supports, family violence prevention, and family and community support services.

Alberta Ministry of Education - provincial Ministry that supports students, parents, teachers and administrators from Early Childhood Services through Grade 12.

Alberta Resource Centre for Quality Enhancement (ARCQE) – provides training, tools, materials and resources to meet the diverse needs of early learning and care services throughout the province and improve child development and parenting knowledge through high quality services.

Apple Magazine – Apple is filled with information and advice on what you and your family can do to lead to lead healthy, balanced lifestyles

ASaP -  ASaP (Access, Support and Participation)  was created in 2012 in response to The State of Inclusive Childcare in Alberta, a research study from Dr. Lesley Wiart and her colleagues, uncovered the challenges experienced by licensed childcare centres, and the limited resources available to support the inclusion of all children.

ASaP Social and Emotional Resources

Program‐Wide Implementation Resources

Bringing Home the Kids - Article exploring the trans-generational impact of residential schools

Brussoni Lab - Research done on the importance of play

Canadian Association of Family Resource Programs (FRP Canada) – a national association providing innovative leadership to advance social policy, research, resource development and training for those who enhance the capacity of families to raise their children.

Canadian Child Care Federation  – a bilingual, non-profit, member-based organization committed to excellence in early learning and child care. Its 20 provincial and territorial affiliate organizations and 11,500 members – early learning and child care practitioners, academics, parents and policy makers – share their commitment to excellence in early learning and child care through promising practice, capacity building, collaborations, networks and partnerships.​

Canadian Health Network (CHN) – a bilingual collection of health-related resources that aim to allow Canadians to get the information they need to stay healthy and prevent disease.

Centre for ADHD Awareness, Canada (CADDAC) - CADDAC is a Canadian national not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of those with ADHD through ADHD awareness, education and advocacy. To view the 'Understanding ADHD in Early Childhood' booklet, go here.

Centre of Excellence on Early Childhood Development (CEECD) – the mission of the CEECD is to improve our knowledge of the social and emotional development of young children.

CHEERS for child care -Supporting healthy environments for preschool aged children

Developmental Milestones: Child Care Fees in Canada's Big Cities 2018 - By David Macdonald & Martha Friendly

Early Childhood Development Support Services - a provincially recognized professional development and support organization for those working with children, youth and families. 

Galileo Network – Working in partnership with Alberta Education, Galileo Educational Network has developed comprehensive resources for parents and professionals in play-based early childhood education, focusing on children between the ages of three and eight.

Outdoor Play in Child Care Settings Recommendations for Child Care Licensing in Alberta - In this paper we review the Child Care Licensing Regulations that impact outdoor play for children in child care settings in Alberta. We offer recommendations for change based on the best available research and most promising practices.

Getting Ready for Inclusion (GRIT) - is an inclusive, early childhood program for children with developmental disabilities. It also developed and delivers the ASaP Continuum Project, providing ELCC program staff with access to supports that help build upon their skills, knowledge and confidence to ensure meaningful participation and inclusion of all children.

Harvard University-Center on the Developing Child – The Center on the Developing Child’s diverse activities align around building an R&D (research and development) platform for science-based innovation, and transforming the policy and practice landscape that supports and even demands change.

Indigenous Children's Book List - Compiled by Brye Robertson

Infant Mental Health Promotion - Infant Mental Health Promotion (IMHP) is a coalition of individuals and professional representatives from agencies concerned with infants and their families. IMHP is dedicated to promoting optimal mental health outcomes for infants through developing and supporting best practices through education and training, dissemination of information, networking and advocacy.

Kids Grief - Kids Grief for Educators is a series of free interactive online learning modules for educators, child care workers, and school administrators to enhance their ability to recognize and respond to students’ grief.

McCormick Centre - Whole leadership series

Nature Alberta (Nature Kids) - a nature-focused program that aims to teach children (ages 4-12) and their families about nature, providing educational materials and helps organize field experiences that promotes being outdoors, observing nature, scientific investigation, environmental stewardship and healthy living.  Check our their FUNzone.

Ontario Science Centre - Teacher resources and field trip materials

Outside Play - An online tool to help parents and caregivers gain the confidence to allow their kids to engage in more outdoor play.

Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre - Prevention and information on how to deal with suspected child abuse situations

The Challenges of Cultural Competence - Exploring the Impacts of Race, Culture and Identity on Early Childhood Educator Practice

The Gathering - A compendium of stories and presentations exploring positive, strengths‐based outcomes related to enhancing First Nations and Métis child wellbeing of kids in care in Alberta.

Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada - The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada has a mandate to learn the truth about what happened in the residential schools and to inform all Canadians about what happened in the schools.

Walking Together - First Nations, Metis, and Inuit perspectives in curriculum

WordPLAY Canada - Based on a combined 80 years of international sport, recreation and education experience, we work with organizations to research, write, develop, and facilitate innovative content to reach their target audiences.


Children's Interests

How to get into Play-Based Learning:

How To Get Into Inquiry-Based Learning:

Advocating for early learning | Sandra Griffin">

The Role of Early Childhood in Revolutionizing the Future of Education | Dr. Charles Pascal