About the AFCCA

Supporting Quality Child Care in Alberta's
Licensed Family Day Homes Since 1989

Our Mission:

To promote and advance quality child care for all contracted family child care programs in Alberta through education, collaboration and support.

Our Vision:

AFCCA is recognized as an innovative leader and source of expertise in the childcare profession. Through a strong membership we advocate for excellence in child care.

Our Goals:

To facilitate a positive relationship with the Provincial Government 
To obtain and sustain funding for all family child care programs
To network with new and existing members

History of the Alberta Family Child Care Association

Establishment of Association and Standards (1985-1990)
  • Input into the original Family Day Home standards
Independence and Growth (1991-1995)
  • Step Ahead Educator Training program developed and recognized as Level 1 Certification
  • Recommendations/input into the enhancement of provincial standards
  • Association Member sits on CCCF advisory committee
  • Caregiver’s Guide Representation at National Level with the Canadian Child Care Federation
  • Major funding cuts occurred in 1993, the Association lobbied the government for family day home support
United We Stand! (1996-2000)
  • “Value the Child, Secure the Future” baby bottle protest against funding cuts
  • Association hired lawyers to establish self-employed status and secured a self-employed ruling from Revenue Canada for family day home educators
Value, Quality, and Professionalism (2001-2005)
  • WCB issue employee vs. contracted workers ruling received
  • Accreditation pilot partner, support for and part of the development of the child care accreditation implementation for family day homes
Support and Collaboration = Quality (2006-2010)
  • Input into new family day home standards manual
  • Developed Home Visitor/Consultant training program
  • Annual Consultant Conference developed
Recognition as Leaders in Licensed Child Care (2010-2022)
  • Development of a Leadership group to liaise with the Children’s Services Ministry
  • Recommendations into the enhancement of provincial standards
  • Recommendations and input into updating Alberta childcare laws
  • Recommendations/input into the implementation of the Federal-provincial child care agreement