Early Childhood Education and Care

The Alberta Family Child Care Association (AFCCA) is an affiliation of contracted Licensed Family Day Home agencies in the province of Alberta. It promotes and advances quality child care for all contracted licensed family day home programs in Alberta through education, collaboration, and support. Through a strong membership, it advocates for excellence in child care.

ARCQE is a provincial organization which provides resources and supports to Alberta early learning and child care organizations. It supports the work of early learning and child care professionals in a variety of ways including through training and support, mentorship and coaching, professional development, research and the provision of resources.

The Association of Early Childhood Educators of Alberta is a non-profit member-based society that advocates for higher educational standards, wages, system support and better working conditions for those in the early childhood education sector.

The Canadian Child Care Federation is a national, membership-based organization which provides supports, resources, educational training, conducts research and provides policy leadership for early learning and child care professionals across Canada. The Federation is the largest, non-profit, charitable organization in Canada with members, individual and organizations, from across the country.

Child Care Now is dedicated to advocating for a publicly funded, inclusive, quality, non-profit child care system. It is non-profit, membership-based and regionally representative. Child Care Now works with provincial and territorial child care organizations and a broad range of other groups including unions, anti-poverty organizations, employers, municipalities, and those advocating for human and women’s rights.

The Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU) is a non-profit, non-partisan policy research institute with a mandate to work towards an equitable, high quality, publicly funded, inclusive ECEC system for all Canadians. CRRU works with other researchers, NGOs, advocacy groups, government policy makers across multiple levels of government and the early childhood education community.

The Community-University Partnership for the Study of Children, Youth, and Families is a unique collaboration among the University of Alberta, community agencies, and organizations in and around Edmonton and across Alberta. CUP works to improve the development of children, youth, families and communities by creating or mobilizing evidence-based knowledge that impacts programs and policies.

The Edmonton Council for Early Learning and Care builds on existing capacities and provides leadership in managing, planning and supporting the development of a system of high-quality early learning and care services in Edmonton, with an emphasis on meeting the needs of low-income and vulnerable families.

HELP works to improve the health and well-being of children through interdisciplinary research and mobilizing knowledge.

The Landon Pearson Resource Centre for the Study of Childhood and Children’s Rights is Canada’s premier children’s rights centre. Since it opened in 2006, it has become a gathering place for researchers, scholars, policymakers, practitioners, teachers, students, and other children’s rights community members. Diverse ideas and perspectives are welcome and a rights-respecting approach informs and transforms dialogues, collaborations, and engaged, community-based learning in ways that are inclusive, enriching, and supportive.

The Government of Canada is investing in Early Learning and Child Care (ELCC) to help Canadian children get the best start in life and have a fair chance to succeed. In support of this commitment, the Government of Canada has established a National Advisory Council on ELCC. Following an open, transparent and merit-based selection process, a group of 16 members was announced on November 24, 2022, including a senior official from Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC). It is composed of caregivers, practitioners, academics and advocates with diverse backgrounds. The National Advisory Council on ELCC will provide expert advice and a forum for consultation to ESDC, in support of the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, on issues and challenges facing the ELCC sector in Canada.

The Saskatchewan Early Childhood Association (SECA) is a non-profit, membership-based organization dedicated to high quality early learning, in partnership with all those invested in the growth and development of children. SECA’s mission is to provide support services for our membership, promote professional development opportunities, and create unification provincially. To advocate for: children and families; high-quality learning; and all those working within the profession.

The Saskatchewan Federation of Early Learning is a non-profit member-based organization with a mission of uniting early learning professionals through advocacy and innovation. Its member organizations and child care professionals seek to amplify their voices and advocate for early learning professionals in Saskatchewan.

The School Age Care Directors Association of Alberta is a non-profit, member-based society primarily composed of owners and operators of before and afterschool programs across Alberta. Its members are advocates for the school age care community of operators in Alberta and participate in measuring program quality and delivery. The association also provides members with opportunities to learn and network, advocate on issues impacting their sector and regular association updates.

Strengthening the Charitable Sector

CCVO is a member-based charitable organization that works to strengthen Calgary’s nonprofit/voluntary sector and address sector-related public policy issues in Alberta. CCVO supports organizations through sector research, advocacy, and convening.

Registers qualifying organizations as charities, provides technical information on operating a charity, and handles audit and compliance activities.

Through weekly surveys and reports, an online interactive information and training hub, and monthly policy briefs, the Charity Insights Canada Project monitors and interprets trends, challenges, and opportunities facing the Canadian charitable sector.

A member-based charitable organization serving nonprofits and charities in Metro Edmonton through capacity-building, convening, and amplifying a common voice.

Exists to strengthen the Wood Buffalo nonprofit/charitable sector through capacity building, leadership development, volunteerism, and shared services.

Information about Government of Alberta grants, supports and resources for non-profit companies, societies and charitable organizations.

A national registered charity dedicated to strengthening the charitable and nonprofit sector through research, public policy advocacy, accreditation, and promoting corporate giving.

A Calgary-based capacity building charity that supports nonprofits in the areas of leadership, governance, legal matters, risk management, strategic planning, and financial management.

Established to foster better knowledge and understanding by the Canadian public and voluntary sector organizations of charity law and regulation through research, education and litigation.

The Philanthropist is a platform for independent news and analysis by and for the non-profit sector. This online journal deals with topics ranging from law and regulation to governance and leadership, among others.

Draws on Statistics Canada data to provide information on Alberta’s nonprofit sector. Maintains a dashboard tool that allows users to learn about sector composition, expenditures, and workforce over time and by province or territory.

A member association that creates and strengthens pathways for volunteerism and civic engagement in Alberta. Provides information, support, and resources to voluntary organizations as well as volunteers.