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UCCC Main & West Campus are both ACCREDITED Child Care Centres!

In order to receive accreditation, high standards that enhance the quality of care must be met.  Here are a few examples that show a service is offering quality care and meeting the standards:
    * The program has an open door policy and welcomes families to visit.
    * Children are cared for by adults who are trained in early childhood education.
    * Children can choose from a variety of open-ended play experiences that support varying skill levels and interests.
    * The service promotes literacy.
    * Rules, limits, and consequences are geared to the children's level of development and explained to children in language they understand.
Accreditation improves quality by:
    * helping services and families to work together towards common goals
    * setting standards of quality care and strengthening best practices within the profession
    * recognizing services for providing superior programming
    * increasing visibility and credibility of the early childhood profession and giving child care workers / early childhood educators the tools they need to provide high quality programs and services
    * supporting on-going improvement through re-accreditation every three years
 
Accreditation differs from licensing because it is a voluntary program which aims to improve quality of care. Licensing is required by law and is intended to meet all health and safety standards.   Licensing sets the basic minimum standards.  Accreditation sets standards of high quality and recognizes achievement and excellence.  Its purpose is to achieve a high standard of practice.
The Accreditation of Early Learning and Care Services (AELCS) evaluates child care centers against standards that were developed together with Alberta Children's Services / Alberta Human Services Dept and the child care sector.  AELCS grants accreditation status to those agencies/ services that meet standards for high quality child care.
The accreditation program helps parents identify and choose high quality child care programs for their children.  Information about your child's program will be more accessible.  Children learn and grow best in programs that provide quality care and activities. Accreditation recognizes quality.