Supporting Our ECE Community United for Children

A diverse community of educators, policy makers, and families committed to giving the children of today the headstart they need tomorrow.

The Canadian Child Care Federation believes that high quality child care is everyone's responsibility, and makes for a better Canada. Well educated child care professionals are motivated to deliver quality early learning and child care with passion. Our ELCC workforce is essential to every child’s strong start.

Every voice matters and every voice counts. Help us create inspiring learning environments for our children and for ECEs.

Every voice matters and every voice counts.

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Is Community Important To You?

Our Canadian Child Care Federation community is made stronger by all its members. If community is important to you, find out how you can become part of our dynamic group of amazing early childhood educators, policy makers and many others who care for children. 

If connection is important to you, find out how you can become a part of this ELCC community.

A Trusted Source For ECEs And Families

The CCCF provides and recommends trusted, evidenced based resources and learning opportunities enabling you to build your knowledge, skills and professional practice. Enjoy webinars, articles, book reviews, research, a passionate ECE community and more!

We provide and recommend trusted, evidenced based resources. Enjoy webinars, articles, and book reviews.

Navigating ECE Requirements In Canada

Canada needs dedicated ECEs like you. Learn about ELCC if you’re just starting out. No matter where you live in Canada, we’ll guide you with all the information you need to build your career. If you are an experienced ECE, share your knowledge with newer members.

Find all the information you need to become an ECE in Canada. Your Journey starts here.

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Supporter membership rate $45 CAD. Join now!

Annual Membership rate $0 CAD with the code from your local affiliate. Join now!

Anyone working in licensed child care has to apply for certification. You will find certification information for your province or territory on our child care certification page.

With your resume and cover letter ready (we’ll provide guides for this soon), contact child care centres and introduce yourself! You can call, email, or even message them on social media. Don’t be discouraged if you don’t get a reply. Try again a few days later to give them your resume in person. Remember that due to safety reasons you need to call first. Tell them you live in their area, and that you’re looking for a position.

On our provincial and territorial map we link to child care associations in your area. Follow the link to your association and join today. The associations provide valuable information to anyone starting out in their career. Even experienced ECEs can benefit. You’ll also enjoy valuable member benefits like discounts, meet other ECEs, and become a part of the child care movement in Canada.


If you join your provincial or territorial affiliate, you’re automatically also a member of the CCCF.

All licensed and regulated quality child care programs in Canada require these for the safety and security of children and families.

If you’re just starting out:

  1. Get certified!
  2. Find the requirements for your province or territory
  3. Write your resume and begin your job search. We’ll provide tips on this soon. 
  4. Get your vulnerable sector check and first aid training

Join our Facebook Group and meet other ECEs who may be able to answer your questions

Early Childhood Educators (ECEs) are incredible professionals that have rewarding, important and demanding careers. They work with young children (and their families), ages 0-12, nurturing and educating them, observing and planning for their growth and development while ensuring that they are healthy. They create interactive and dynamic learning environments where children develop social skills, develop cognitive skills and foster lifelong learning. ECEs work in child care centres, classrooms, home child cares, preschool, and parent drop-in programs. You do not need a teaching degree to be an ECE, but you do need your ECE diploma.

Annual Membership rate $90 CAD.
Join now!

Annual Membership rate $65 CAD.
Join now!

Annual Membership rate $65 CAD.
Join now!