Over the past 5 years our professional development day has always been the second week in June. For 2017 it has been changed to November 10, as we are participating in a combined professional development day with other non-profit centres. There is much to gain from networking and collaborating with other like-minded organizations whose aim is to advance the quality of early learning and care for young children and their families.
Years of research has demonstrated that the greatest indicator of high quality in early learning and child care settings is the knowledge, education and capacity of the staff employed to work with young children and their families. Appropriate preparation of Alberta’s Early Learning and Care workforce ultimately contributes to the well-being of children and their families.
Our day care and out-of-school programs belong to CAFRA (Child Care Association for Resources to Administrators), a group of 38 community-operated, non-profit child care centres in the Edmonton area. A major focus for CAFRA leadership over the last three years has been to support its membership in understanding and implementation of PLAY, PARTICIPATION AND POSSIBILITIES: an early learning and child care curriculum framework for Alberta, launched in January 2015. Members of the curriculum research team with MacEwan University have been invited to this November’s Professional Development Day to provide information regarding the new curriculum and engage with some of the key concepts.
This professional development day will provide our educators dedicated time for interacting and reflecting with their peers to improve their understanding and application of the new curriculum. We’re looking forward to it and to what it means for the children in our care.