About

Creating Cultural Connections is a 3 year grant created to support programs in Southern Alberta to build capacity to address culturally diverse needs of children and families. Cultural mentors will serve up to 160 licensed program across the region.

Available to Southern Alberta, this program initiative will guide development and delivery of culturally sensitive resources and mentoring support aimed at enhancing educator capacity reflective of unique program need and diversity. The development of the Creating Cultural Connections, (CCC), grant resources will be primarily centered on the Early Learning Child Care Licensing Act and Regulations with a strong understanding and focus of the principles and matters to be considered as the cornerstone of service integration and alignment in enhancing quality early learning environments.

How We Connect

Mentorship will be implemented through on-site visits as well as program to program mentorship. Early learning centres will be paired with Cultural Leadership Sites across the province to be able to collaborate, share culturally responsive ideas, and build capacity. Professional Learning Sessions to Guide Educator Practice will enhance culturally sensitive environments, support responsive routines, and build strategies to guide meaningful relationships reflective of diverse family needs. CCC uses a Virtual Portal with cultural resources which support the mental, emotional, spiritual, cultural, and physical needs of all children.

Eligibility

South Region Licensed programs such as:

  • Licensed Day Care
  • Licensed Family Day home Agencies
  • Out of School Care Programs
  • Preschool Programs
  • Innovative Programs i.e., Women’s Shelters
  • Group Family Child Care Programs
  • Indigenous and Metis Programs
  • Isolated/Remote Licensed Programs

Updates

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E-Newsletter Fall 2022!

CCC Feature!

We feature culturally diverse and inclusive resources and strategies. Use this tool to enhance relationships and provide quality of care experiences for children and families. Build your connections, learn about various challenges and strategies, and develop alignment between organizational philosophy and educator practice.

Fall Feature: Little Free Pantry

Resources

ARCQE respectfully continues to work to identify numerous resource sites and articles that can assist early learning educators in enriching their understanding of cultural context and application for early learning settings.

Utilize this categorized list of articles, videos, and sites for no fee.

Self Referral Form CCC

Fill this out to apply for support.
What is the legal name of your program?
What is the classification of your program?
Hidden
Other - Please specify.
Program Address(Required)
Name of Contact(Required)
In which of these priority areas do you believe your program needs CCC support?(Required)
Select all that apply.
To be successful, programs need to allow on-site cultural mentoring, observations and one-on-one and/or group learning sessions. Would your program be prepared to participate fully in this program?(Required)
Do your educators have access to internet and/or computer equipment to support their on-site and occasional virtual learning?(Required)