​Accreditation status is an achievement that requires ongoing, daily practice to maintain.  Though the Accreditation certificate is issued for a term of 3 years, all accredited programs are still subject to a number of requirements they must meet during their term in order to maintain accredited status.

  • Meeting Accreditation Standards at All Times

Accredited programs are required to maintain the level of service that meets the accreditation standards at all times. 

All accredited programs are subject to an unannounced Status Verification Visit that is completed by the accreditation agency to verify the program's accreditation standing during their 3-year term.                

  • Continuous improvement

The cornerstone of accreditation is continuous quality improvement.  Therefore, the expectation is for accredited programs to incorporate required items, as listed, in the Accreditation Report (provided to programs after they are successfully accredited) into their Quality Enhancement Plan.  Programs are required to work on these items, in addition to strategies identified by the program, and written in their Quality Enhancement Plan.

  • Informing families/community of a change in accreditation status

Informing families and community of any changes in accreditation status is the program's obligation.  If a program's accreditation status is revoked by the accreditation agency, the program must remove their accreditation certificate from its premises and no longer represent itself as an accredited program. If an accredited program is issued a Temporary Accreditation Status, it is required to replace its certificate with the document issued by Accreditation of Early Learning and Care Services.

Programs that become successfully accredited are issued the accreditation certificate for a 3-year term. Accredited programs are expected to maintain a high quality of service and continue to meet the accreditation standards.

Accreditation of Early Learning and Care Services has the following processes in place to monitor the performance of all accredited programs throughout their accreditation term:

  1. Annual Report
    Each year, just prior to the accredited program's anniversary date, the program is required to submit an Annual Report. This report provides details of the work the program has completed on their Quality Enhancement Plan over the past year. Programs will be notified by the accreditation agency to complete the Annual Report.

  2. Status Verification Visits
    Accreditation of Early Learning and Care Services will conduct Status Verification Visits to accredited programs without any prior notice. This visit provides a measure of assurance to parents and the community that programs continue to maintain accreditation standards.

  3. Following Up on Complaints from the Public
    Accreditation of Early Learning and Care Services accepts and follows up on complaints from families, child care program staff, or other concerned citizens that indicate an accredited program is failing to meet the accreditation standards.  A Status Verification Visit may be possible as part of a complaint follow-up process.

Accredited Programs' Reporting Obligations

  1. Submit an Annual Report to the accreditation agency on time.

  2. Self-reporting of program changes

Accredited programs are required to report to Accreditation of Early Learning and Care Services the following changes within 5 business days:

    • Ownership changes/changes to license or contract holder

    • Program name change

    • Relocation

    • Expansion (change in licensed capacity or number of day homes)

    • Orders to remedy or issuance of a probationary license (for day care centres and out-of-school care programs)

    • Non-compliance determined and recommendations made by Alberta Children Services, if there is an investigation in a provider's day home, or if the contract becomes invalid (for family day home agencies).