Recognizing Excellence in Child Care across Alberta

Mission Statement: The Alberta Association for the Accreditation of Early Learning and Care Services accredits and promotes excellence in Alberta early learning and child care programs enhancing the quality of services provided to children birth to 12 years of age, families and professionals.


The Alberta Association for the Accreditation of Early Learning and Care Services is proud to offer on behalf of the Alberta Government the first province-wide child care accreditation services for licensed day care centres, approved family day home agencies and licensed out-of-school care programs in Alberta.

The accreditation services include:

  • Enrollment in the accreditation process
  • Providing access to accreditation materials
  • Providing orientation to accreditation process
  • Monitoring of child care program's progress in the accreditation process
  • Evaluation through an on-site assessment of child care programs' ability to meet accreditation standards
  • Determining the child care program's accreditation status
  • Granting or denying accreditation status
  • Monitoring of accredited programs' performance through annual reviews and status verification visits.

Accreditation supports child care programs in their efforts to improve the quality of their services and helps famiies choose the best care for their children.

About Alberta Child Care Accreditation
Accreditation promotes excellence in child care settings.  It is based on the accreditation standards of excellence that reflect current research and leading practices to provide high quality child care in addition to the provincial licensing regulations and family day home standards for children birth to 12 years of age.

The accreditation process is based on completing a comprehensive self-assessment and quality enhancement activities through which child care programs achieve and maintain high quality of care for children in Alberta.  Learn more about Accreditation.

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  Child Care Programs

Accreditation is a voluntary process available to all licensed day care centres, licensed out-of-school care programs, and contracted family day home agencies in Alberta.  Once a child care program has an operating license (day care and out-of-school care) or an approved contract (family day home agency) with Alberta Human Services they can enroll in the accreditation process.



Accreditation gives families an opportunity to select high quality early learning and care services for their children.

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The Alberta Child Care Accreditation Standards, launched in December 2013, have a strong emphasis on Physical Literacy. While the previous Standards showcased the importance of physical activity; current research and new provincial initiatives have focused on the importance of physical activity for children's brain development and their overall wellness... read more >>

Engaging Fathers in Child Care Programs

How are you meeting the Standards regarding families, specifically when it comes to dads? Do your dads come into the center only to grab their kids and go? Do they call from the driveway to send them out to the car? Do they barely make eye contact or pretend they are on the phone to avoid talking to you? Or do they regularly... read more >>

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