The Child Care Directors Associaton of Southwest Alberta 

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Early Childhood Education Links 

Child Care Framework-  Play, Participation, Possibilities is a result of the collaborative effort of many people. With support from the Alberta government, faculty at MacEwan Early Learning and Child Care Program, and Mount Royal Department of Child and Youth Studies, worked with the professional field to develop and pilot this curriculum framework, which is intended to guide the practice of early childhood educators working in centre based child care and family day homes in Alberta

Alberta Association for the Accreditation of Early Learning and Care Services (AELCS) – Alberta’s non-profit organization with a mandate to set quality standards of service, assess services against the standards, and accredit services that meet the standards.

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.

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:

The Encyclopedia of Language and Literacy –  A web-based resource that is being developed by the Canadian Language and Literacy Research Network to help provide answers to questions about children’s language and literacy – answers that are based on relevant and up-to-date research.

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.

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.