Play, Participation, and Possibilities: An Early Learning and Child Care Curriculum Framework for Alberta - 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.
Organizations, Government Ministries & Other Resources
Alberta Association for the Accreditation of Early Learning and Care Services (AELCS) – This organization accredits and promotes excellence in Alberta early learning and child care programs while enhancing the quality of services provided to children birth to 12 years of age, families and professionals.
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 - Early Childhood Educator Certification Process - 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
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 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
Curriculum Framework – Play, participation, and possibilities: An early learning and child care framework for Alberta. This curriculum framework is a guide for early childhood educators to use in their everyday work with young children and their families.
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.
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.
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.
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
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Advocating for early learning | Sandra Griffin
The Role of Early Childhood in Revolutionizing the Future of Education | Dr. Charles Pascal