A decision to enroll in the accreditation process is voluntary.  However, once a child care program has applied for and enrolled in accreditation (accredited or pre-accredited), their active participation in the accreditation process becomes a requirement, and is closely monitored by the accreditation agency.

Child care programs enrolled in accreditation must demonstrate they are actively participating by meeting specific requirements that are set by the accreditation agency for every stage of the accreditation process.  These requirements are outlined on this website on various pages dedicated to the accreditation process. The accreditation agency also communicates all applicable requirements to each participating program depending on where it is in the process.

When a program fails to demonstrate active participation, the agency will notify the program of such in writing, outline the steps that need to be taken to remedy the situation, the consequences of not meeting those requirements, and the final deadline.

A program that fails to complete the required actions by the final deadline will have their file with the accreditation agency closed.  Such programs will be required to have a six month waiting period before they can apply for accreditation again.

The Alberta Children's Services Ministry will be notified of this decision immediately, which will affect funding that the program may be receiving through the Child Care Accreditation Funding Program.

Most common examples of programs failing to demonstrate active participation:

  • Programs not being responsive to communication attempts made by the accreditation agency;

  • Programs not completing the self-evaluation process online;

  • Accredited programs not submitting the Annual Reporting by their anniversary date;

  • Programs not cooperating with the site visit scheduling process.

More detailed information about requirements set for each stage of the accreditation process can be found on the following pages of this website.