Recognizing child-development professionals

Danielle Larivee
MLA for Lesser Slave Lake

One of the things I hear when I’m speaking with people here in Lesser Slave Lake, and all across the province, is what a difference quality child care and early educational supports make in the lives of our children and families. Early learning and child care are priorities for our government, and we recognize that none of this important work happens without hard-working, committed care providers in our communities.
Our government wants to honour and support those individuals who work every day to provide children with the support and care they need to achieve their brightest futures. We also want to recognize and encourage high-quality early learning and child care programs throughout Alberta. That’s why I am pleased to tell you that nominations for the 2017 Child Development Professional Awards of Excellence are now open. These awards recognize development professionals and early learning and child care programs for their contributions.
By taking care of kids across our province in their critical early years, and building a better future for our province by nurturing our youngest citizens, these professionals make important, and often undervalued contributions to families and communities. Seeing the difference high-quality affordable care makes for families is part of the reason our government is committed to early learning and child care, and expanding our $25/day pilot.
I know that many parents throughout Alberta know a child care or child development professional that has made a difference in their child’s life, and made life better for their family. These families know that early learning and child care isn’t just babysitting, it isn’t just a place to drop your kids off in the morning and pick them up at night. These moms and dads and other caregivers want to know that their children are getting the nurturing support they need to grow and thrive.
That is why any Albertan can nominate an outstanding child development professional or early learning and child care program until October 6, 2017.
Programs and professionals can be nominated for their work in child care, pre-school, out-of-school-care, family day home agencies, early childhood development programs or Parent Link Centres licensed or approved by Children’s Services. Nominees may also work in early childhood services or programs approved by the Ministry of Education.
Nine awards will be presented for individuals, teams and programs. Award recipients must demonstrate excellence in one or more of the following areas: innovative programming, inclusionary practices, collaborative partnerships, leadership, promising practices, family/parent support, community building, and continuous improvement.
An Award of Distinction will be presented by the Association of Early Childhood Educators of Alberta. The award recognizes an individual who has significantly contributed to the advancement of early learning and child care in Alberta. More information can be found on the Children’s Services website, at www.humanservices.alberta.ca/department/15373.html.
I encourage all of my constituents to think about the workers and the programs that go above and beyond in making a difference in the lives of children in your community, and to nominate someone for one of these awards.

 

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