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Professional Associations for Students and Practitioners:
The Association of Early Childhood Educators of Alberta (AECEA) is non-profit, member-based society with a mission to strengthen and advance a unified early learning and child care profession in Alberta.
The Child and Youth Care Association of Alberta works to improve professional standards for Child and Youth Care Counselors by providing support, education and opportunities to enhance skills and abilities; ensuring that children, youth and families receive the highest quality of care.
Alberta College of Social Workers is a group of social workers connected through commitment to professionalism, advocacy and social justice. Together we represent, strengthen and promote the social work profession and fulfill the regulatory requirements of the Health Professions Act.
Resources Around Brain Development and Physical Literacy:
Research shows there’s a right way and a right time to develop the fundamental movement and sport skills that benefit kids for their entire lives. Learning these basic movement and sports skills is known as becoming physically literate” (Active for Life, 2014). The following articles have been written by Dr. Dawne Clark sharing information relating early brain development to the development of physical literacy in children:
- Building Your Child’s Brain is Like Building a House
- Build Your Child’s Brain By Giving Them Lots of Experiences to Explore
- Building Your Child’s Brain Through Physical Literacy
- Active Play Experiences Help Children Develop Physical Literacy
- Relationships and Building a Child’s Brain
- Active Play for Preschoolers
Resources for Parents/Families:
Finding Community Supports in Calgary - a visual directory/resource
My Child's Learning: A parent's resource that will provide parents with a better understanding of Alberta’s curriculum and related information for their child. This tool can help you discover what your child is learning, how they’re assessed and what resources are available to help them be successful from Kindergarten to Grade 12.
Government of Alberta's website has a variety of tools and resources for parents and families.
Family Websites and Online Resources - a directory
Resources for Practitioners/Professionals:
The International Child and Youth Care Network (CYC-Net) is a registered non-profit and public benefit organisation. It's main objectives are (primarily through the internet and electronic media) – “to promote and facilitate reading, learning, information sharing, discussion, networking, support and accountable practice amongst all who work with children, youth and families.
Play, Participation, and Possibilities is the Early Learning and Child Care Curriculum for Alberta, and is result of an intense and exciting two-year collaboration among early learning and child care educators, early childhood academics, government, and professionals working in related fields
- Southwest Educational Development Lab: Engaging ‘Waiting in the Wings’ Families
- Engaging Culturally Diverse Parents
- Inviting Families to Share Gifts, Skills, Talents
- Family Reunification Supports
Organizations that Promote Child, Youth, and Family Well-Being:
Alberta Family Wellness Initiative's aim is to apply emerging research about experienced-based brain and biological development as it relates to early childhood development and children’s mental health, and its lifelong impact on addiction and other negative health outcomes.
Harvard University's Center on the Developing Child was founded in 2006, the Center catalyzes local, national, and international innovation in policy and practice focused on children and families. They design, test, and implement these ideas in collaboration with a broad network of research, practice, policy, community, and philanthropic leaders.
Stay Smart Stay Safe is an initiative to help strengthen children, families and communities, and in the long-term, decrease victimization and youth involvement in criminal activities.