Committed to Achieving Excellence In Early Learning and Child Care
The Canadian Child Care Federation: Our Work
We are the community in the early learning and child care sector in Canada. Professionals and practitioners from coast to coast to coast belong in our community. We give voice to the deep passion, experience and practice of Early Learning and Child Care (ELCC) in Canada. We give space to excellent research in policy and practice to better inform service development and delivery. We provide leadership on issues that impact on our sector because we know we are making a difference in the lives of young children—our true purpose, why we exist— to make a difference in these lives. What gets talked about, explored, shared in our community is always a life changer. And we know that. We are a committed, passionate force for positive change where it matters most—with children.
We are the trustworthy, inclusive, knowledgeable, credible collaborative leaders who have our hands on the pulse of what is happening in early learning and child care and we make sure it matters! Children are at the heart of what matters, and that is the focus of our work. We are experienced and real pros at what we do best—focusing on the quality of ELCC services for children in Canada. We know that our work with children lasts a lifetime. We care about making a difference—and we are proud of it! We advocate on behalf of our community, and your help in advocacy matters too!
We are visionaries that can see a better Canada through our work. We know the research, we have the passion, we are committed to our work with children and to our own lifelong learning. We are humble experts and hungry learners.
The Canadian Child Care Federation is a large, vibrant organization representing and uniting its affiliates and members from across Canada—coast to coast to coast since 1983. It is Canada’s largest national, non-profit, charitable ELCC organization. We’re proud to be a bilingual (our new French content is coming soon) member and service-based organization, focused on early learning and child care. There is simply no CCCF without this nation’s talented and hard working ECEs.
The Canadian Child Care Federation is committed to equity, diversity and inclusion in all its work, and strives as an organization to ensure its collective activities, communications and practices are representative of Canada’s diverse ELCC workforce. We work collectively to serve Early Childhood Educators (ECEs), and the families and children they serve.
The early years are the most formative years in human development; it is during this time that a young child’s development and understanding of social norms, tolerance and inclusion are formed. We, as professionals, have a critical role to play in positively supporting children’s development and for maintaining our professional support systems that are actively advocating for political, systemic and societal changes.
We are a trusted, well respected, and authoritative national voice that champions high quality ELCC services for all children. We are the national voice for early childhood educators and practitioners who provide high quality early learning and child care services. One of our core goals is to help early childhood educators on their career journey, no matter what stage they’re in.
Along with our provincial and territorial affiliates, we provide and facilitate a collective voice and an inclusive community of sharing, learning, experience, resources, commitment and passion.
Early learning and child care services meet a huge range of needs across very diverse environments, types of settings and geographic locations as well as cultures.
The Early Learning and Child Care sector is similar yet different in all our provinces, territories and communities. We learn from each other and find strength in mutual support and sharing ideas. Our goal is to help ECEs all over the country to continually discover the best this community has to offer.
- Leadership at the program level
- Collaborative partnerships with children’s families
- Indoor and outdoor physical and learning environments
- A purposeful program that promotes children’s development
- An ELCC environment that promotes the UNCRC Rights of the Child - A supported workforce
- Knowledgeable, skilled practitioners
- Professional administrative practices
- Effective system infrastructure
- A strong National Awards program to recognize best practice across Canada.
- Our National Practitioner Code of Ethics designed for and by CCCF members and renowned researchers in the field of ethical practice.
Our core team is composed of a dedicated, compassionate team of professionals who care deeply about the well-being of children. The CCCF is made up of some of the most committed board members, affiliate partners, and members in the child care sector. We’re fortunate to have so many amazing people dedicated to this mission.