Reports Archive

The State of the Alberta Early Learning and Child Care Sector 14 months into the Pandemic

September 2022The Muttart Foundation

In April 2021, the Childcare Resource and Research Unit undertook a second national survey of regulated child care services to explore how they were faring one year into the pandemic. Using these survey data, the Muttart Foundation prepared the following report which compares the pandemic experiences of regulated child care centres in Alberta with those of centres in other selected regions of Canada. Alberta child care centres were among the hardest hit by the pandemic. They experienced significant falls in enrollment, service disruptions and rising service costs which destabilized centre finances and operations. Alberta child care centres relied heavily on federal funding support during the first year of the pandemic to meet their revenue shortfalls. They received less provincial support than centres in other regions, however, and were more likely to report financial difficulties than centres nationally. The service and financial challenges many Alberta child care centres experienced during the first year of the pandemic suggest the need for new provincial investments to stabilize centre finances and operations as the focus shifts to early learning and care system building. The provincial government should pay particular attention to the needs of the workforce and the financial stability of those child care centres hit hardest by lower enrollments and rising service costs.

The State of the Alberta Early Learning and Child Care Sector 14 months into the Pandemic

Final Report Consultation on the Review of the Consultation Process

June 2022The Muttart Foundation

The Muttart Foundation hosts periodic consultations on voluntary sector regulatory issues. These sessions are intended to promote an exchange of ideas and to develop a fuller understanding of the concerns of both sector groups and government regulators. The May 2022 consultation marked the Foundation’s fiftieth. The focus was on the consultation process itself, including what has made this process work, what the Foundation and others can learn from it, whether it should continue, and considerations for improving future sessions. Any remarks included in the report are intended to reflect the discussions. No undertakings or commitments from either regulators or sector participants are expected or made, notwithstanding any of the wording in the Report. A copy of the report is available here.

Final Report Consultation on the Review of the Consultation Process

Final Report Consultation on the Disbursement Quota

February 2022The Muttart Foundation

In autumn 2021, the Muttart Foundation convened a meeting of sector representatives, allied professionals, government regulators and international experts to discuss issues related to the Disbursement Quota. The session was one of an on-going series of meetings to promote the exchange of ideas and permit sharing of concerns of both sector groups and regulators. No undertakings or commitments from either regulators or sector participants are expected or made at these sessions, and any remarks in the report are meant only to reflect the discussions. A copy of the report is available here.

Final Report Consultation on the Disbursement Quota

The Educational Experiences and Anticipated Work Plans of Post-Secondary Early Learning and Care Students in Alberta

November 2021The Muttart Foundation

The following report, prepared by the Muttart Foundation, explores the educational experiences and anticipated employment plans, after graduation, of students completing early learning and child care credentials in Alberta. It draws on the findings from focus groups with students at six public post-secondary institutions and adds to the current limited body of research that explores student experiences and motivations in completing early learning and care credentials. The main research findings provide insights into how students view their education and the potential work opportunities available to them in the field. It concludes with some important learnings for governments and early learning and care partners to consider as they work together to support the educational preparation of students and their transition into the workforce.

The Educational Experiences and Anticipated Work Plans of Post-Secondary Early Learning and Care Students in Alberta

Roadmap to a Quality Early Learning and Child Care System in Alberta

November 2021Canadian Child Care Federation, Child Care Now, YMCA of Northern Alberta and The Muttart Foundation

The Muttart Foundation is pleased to release the Roadmap to a Quality Early Learning and Child Care System in Alberta. This document is the collaborative effort of six partners: the Canadian Child Care Federation and its Alberta Leaders’ Caucus, Child Care Now and its Alberta Chapter, the YMCA of Northern Alberta and the Muttart Foundation. It is intended to engage stakeholders, community groups and policy makers in meaningful discussions about the essential elements of a quality early learning and child care system for Alberta, and the initial policy actions needed to develop it.

Roadmap to a Quality Early Learning and Child Care System in Alberta