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Awards honour child development professionals

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2019 Minister’s Awards of Excellence in Child Development.
Every year, the Alberta government recognizes outstanding child development professionals who excel in supporting healthy growth and development of children.
“Child care professionals not only provide care for our youngest Albertans, they help children and families meet milestones, overcome challenges and build the foundation for successful futures,” Children’s Services Minister Rebecca Schulz said. “They are incredibly important to our children and we should celebrate their contributions.”
Award recipients will be recognized for their work in day care, preschool, out-of-school care, family day homes and agencies, early childhood services programs or Parent Link Centres licenced or approved by the government of Alberta.
The nomination period is open until Sept. 27.
Nine awards will be presented, three in each of the following categories: individuals, teams and programs.
A selection committee of previous recipients, representatives from stakeholder organizations and government staff will select the recipients according to the award criteria and a demonstration of excellence in the following areas:
• Innovative programming.
• Inclusive practices.
• Collaborative partnerships.
• Leadership.
• Promising practices.
• Family and parent support.
• Community building.
• Continuous improvement.
Since its inception, the Alberta government has presented the award to 139 child development professionals, teams or programs that represent excellence in the field.
Nominations are at