Please be advised that the PAL and public website will be temporarily unavailable from February 23, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. to February 28, 2018 for general maintenance and upgrades.
The updated sites will be back up on March 1, 2018
Child care programs can contact their consultants if they have any questions.
AELCS Governing Council Membership
Recognizing Excellence in Child Care across Alberta
Mission Statement: The Alberta Association for the Accreditation of Early Learning and Care Services promotes the Standards of Excellence through Accreditation, Education, Innovation and the monitoring of Continuous Quality Improvement in Alberta early learning and child care programs, enhancing the quality of services and leadership provided to children, birth - 12 years of age, families, and child care 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.