Child and Youth
The Child and Youth Care Association of Alberta
The Child and Youth Care Association of Alberta has a rich and colorful history, characterized by progressive movement towards certification and the professionalization of Child and Youth Care. Past members and advocates of the CYCAA are today considered the mentors and "grandfathers" of the field. The story of their groundbreaking work for the development of the Association provides a picture of dedication and continuing commitment to child care.
April 5th, 1970 saw the then titled Child Care Workers Association of Alberta hold its first meeting: five people from Dominic Savio and Hull Home in Calgary were in attendance. A month later there was a "get to know each other" social of 31 people at the Don Bosco House cabin which was followed on May 19th, 1971 by an organizational meeting and the first Executive was selected.
Over the next ten years, the CCWAA continued to expand, develop, and fulfill their goals. By 1980, the membership had grown to 260 members with a broad Albertan representation from areas such as Fort McMurray, Grande Prairie, High Prairie, and Lac La Biche.
Over the next 15 years, the CCWAA (now CYCAA)
promoted, expanded, and established the early goals of standardization,
certification, and professionalization of child care.
Over time, interest grew in the private sector and in 1983 the Alberta Association of Child Care Centers (now Alberta Association of Services for Children and Families) made a proposal to the Department, requesting that the management of the program be turned over to the representation of the CYCAA and that certification be made available to all Child Care Workers in Alberta.
A Tripartite Agreement was signed in 1985 which allowed access for all Child Care Workers to the certification process under the management of the steering committee. The first Child Care Worker from the private sector was certified in October of 1985, and apparently became the first Supervisor to go through the process. In 1990, agreement was reached to move management of the program to the CYCAA through an arms-length board.
Objectives of the Association
Visit their web site at http://www.cycaa.com/