The History of the Alberta Family Child Care Association

Establishment of Association and Standards (1985-1990)

  • 1985-1990 Approved FDH’s replaced licensed FDH’s
  • Input into original FDH standards
  • Insurance
  • # change – 3-6 kids

Independence and Growth (1991-1995)

  • 1991 – Step Ahead Provider training
  • Step Ahead training program – Level I recognized
  • 1995 – reduction in admin. Fee
  • Recommendations/input into provincial standards
  • Member sits on CCCF advisory committee
  • Caregiver’s Guide Representation at National Level CCCF
  • 1990-1995 – major funding cuts occurred (1993). Assoc. lobbied gov’t Ken Kowalski responsible for major FDH support
  • 1990-1995 – Assoc. Developed Step Ahead Training program
  • Admin fees cut
  • FDH rating scale

United We Stand! (1996-2000)

  • 1991-1995 – “Value the Child, Secure the Future”
  • 1996-2000 – Revenue Canada issue Assoc. hired lawyers to establish self-employed status
  • Self-employed ruling from Revenue Canada
  • Strategic Planning
  • Baby bottle protest

Value, Quality and Professionalism (2001-2005)

  • 2001-2005 – WCB ruling
  • WCB issue employee vs. contracted workers
  • Step Ahead became accepted as Level I certification provincially
  • Accreditation – lobbied for it; part of it’s development
  • 2001-2005 – Province changed regional boundaries
  • Part of formation of Accreditation
  • 2001-2005 – Accreditation pilot, accreditation implementation
  • Ability to assist parents with subsidy applications
  • One time provincial funding for training
  • Accreditation – wage top ups – quality enhancement
  • Active participants with: CCCF, ECCPA, Network (ACCA)
  • Family Child Care Training program
  • Level I daycare certification for providers
  • On-line family childcare training program (level I recognition)
  • Lee Demster visit

2001-2005 – Name change from Alberta Family Day Home Assoc to Alberta Family Child Care Assoc.

$upport and Collaboration = Quality (2006-2010)

  • Input into new standards manual
  • Consultant conference
  • Critical incidences – media
  • 2006-2010 – new policy manual
  • 2006-2010 – funding for Consultant Conference (Canmore)
  • Participation in O.S.C. Accreditation
  • Home Visitor training
  • Red Door! And ensuing marketing plan
  • Consultant training manuals
  • New Gov manual
  • 2006-2010 – Provider support funding
  • Updated standards manual
  • “Breath of Fresh Air” Consultant Conference
  • From ACCNA to ACCA – to dissolve AFCCA or not?
  • “No mistakes” on claims policy
  • Consultant mentor training
  • Grants – infant care incentive; staff attraction
  • 2006-2010 – Assoc. getting funding for Consultant Training (mentor training)
  • Strategic Planning workshop
  • F.C.Care Resource Guide and launch
  • Subsidy – timely approvals for families (hiring freeze – subsidy staff)
  • 2009-2010 – Consultant Conferences
  • Level I, II, III equivalency changes
  • 2006-2010 – Staff wage enhancement
  • 2006-2010 – Space creation grants