About the Program

LINK provides 25 hours of onsite service support, with 6 hours of follow up supportĀ  to review progress and provide further recommendations and strategies. This provincial contract offers sponsored support to programs at no cost.

Critical areas for support are:

  1. Effective Supervision
  2. Child-Staff Ratios
  3. Staff Qualifications
  4. Child Guidance
  5. Meeting the Developmental Needs of Children.


To qualify for sponsored support, the programs are referred to ARCQE by their regional licensing officer or the Ministry of Children’s Services.

Participating programs must them commit to the following:

  1. Attend a pre-service orientation meeting.
  2. Support hours completed within the established timelines.
  3. Competition of all action plan items.
  4. Participation in pre and post evaluation processes.

How is support delivered?

The support process includes:

  1. Initial meeting
  2. Analysis
  3. Development of Action Plan
  4. Service Support Delivery (Coaching Visits)
  5. Final Review & Recommendations
  6. Completion of a Service Review

Important Update

The ARCQE Team is excited to be continuing to grow and expand our support to Early Learning and Child Care Programs. LINK has been designed to assist programs with continuous quality improvement relating specifically to better understanding and consistently meeting provincial child care regulations.

There is now online access to a self-referral application form (see below) for all licensed child care programs in Alberta who may be seeking coaching support in this area of work. There is no fee for programs to participate in this Ministry-sponsored service.

LINK Support Service Request Form

Please fill out this application for support.

Program Address(Required)
Name of Contact Person(Required)
In which of these priority areas do you believe your program needs LINK support? (select all that apply)(Required)
To be successful, programs need to allow on-site coaching, observations and one-on-one and/or group learning sessions. Would your program be prepared to participate fully in this program?
Do your educators have access to internet and/or computer equipment to support their on-site and occasional virtual learning?