Helpful Links


    Alberta Association of Community Living (AACL)

    Alberta Child Care Association (ACCA)

    Alberta Child Care Network Association (ACCNA)

    Children’s Autism Services of Edmonton (CASE)

    Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)

    Edmonton Chamber of Voluntary Organizations (ECVO)

    United Way of Alberta


    The Centre develops, supports and integrates research across sectors and disciplines to provide a strong, evidence-based foundation for identifying and promoting effective public policy and service delivery to improve the well-being of children, families, and communities in Alberta, Canada, and internationally.

    Beyond the Crayon

    Beyond the Crayon is an online resource dedicated to authentic inclusion. We are working hard to see our communities accessible to and inclusive of everyone. We work hard to educate and promote inclusive attitudes and true acceptance.

    Canadian Child Care Federation

    Our organization is about the value of children. We value children.
    In order to protect and enhance our children, to promote their safety and their healthy growth and development, we are committed to providing Canadians with the very best in early learning and child care knowledge and best practices. Our tools are research and knowledge dissemination, the creation and nurturing of active networks.

    Centre of Excellence for Early Childhood Development (CEECD)

    The mission of the Centre of Excellence for Early Childhood Development (CEECD) is to improve our knowledge of the social and emotional development of young children.

    Between the ages of 0 and 5, children experience a phase of accelerated growth. The education, care and attention they receive during this crucial period of development have a decisive effect on their future.

    It is therefore extremely important for service providers, planners, policymakers and parents to thoroughly understand the significance of early childhood to ensure that young children’s social and emotional needs are fulfilled.

    The Center on the Social and
    Emotional Foundations for Early Learning

    The Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL) is focused on promoting the social emotional development and school readiness of young children birth to age 5. CSEFEL is a national resource center funded by the Office of Head Start and Child Care Bureau for disseminating research and evidence-based practices to early childhood programs across the country.

    Disability is Natural

    The mission of Disability is Natural is to encourage new ways of thinking about developmental disabilities, in the belief that our attitudes drive our actions, and changes in our attitudes and actions can help create a society where all children and adults with developmental disabilities have opportunities to live the lives of their dreams, included in all areas of life.

    Galileo Educational Network

    Working in partnership with Alberta Education, Galileo Educational Network has developed comprehensive resources for parents and professionals in play-based early childhood education, focusing on children between the ages of three and eight. Parents can use the site to discover what kind of learning results from effective play-based environments, what it looks like, and how to enhance their child’s education through play.

    Including Samuel
    A documentary by Dan Habib

    Habib’s documentary film “Including Samuel” examines the educational and social inclusion of youth with disabilities as a civil rights issue.

    The overall goal of the Pyramid Plus Center is to increase the use of evidenced-based, early childhood social emotional and inclusive practices in early care and education settings.

    Research and Training Center (RTC) on Early Childhood Development

    Our web site is designed specifically for parents, therapists, early childhood educators, and early interventionists, as well as researchers. The website includes information about effective early childhood intervention practices based on research.

    SpeciaLink Canada

    SpeciaLink’s goal is to expand the quality and quantity of opportunities for inclusion in child care, recreation, education, and other community settings, to young children with special needs and their families.

    Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention for Young Children (TACSEI)

    The Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention for Young Children (TACSEI) takes the research that shows which practices improve the social-emotional outcomes for young children with, or at risk for, delays or disabilities and creates FREE products and resources to help decision-makers, caregivers, and service providers apply these best practices in the work they do every day. Most of these free products are available right here on our website for you to immediately view, download and use.

    Zero to Three

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    Zero to Three is a national, nonprofit organization that informs, trains, and supports professionals, policymakers, and parents in their efforts to improve the lives of infants and toddlers.


    211 Edmonton
    211 Edmonton is a link to essential services in and around Edmonton.

    780 431-8446

    Adaptabilities is a registered charitable organization dedicated to providing a variety of goal-directed respite programs for children and adults with special needs. Call for Adaptabilities exciting season of camps and activities. Services are for all ages.

    Alberta Education

    This website provides information for parents about PUF programming and other resources available through Alberta Education.

    Alberta Health Service Early Intervention Programs
    Health Links – 24/7 Health Advice – 1 866 408-5465  

    If you feel that you need to have your child assessed for a delay or health related issue, you can contact Alberta Health Services to start the assessment process. Children need to have assessments completed in order to be eligible for PUF Programming.

    Alberta Raising Children (0-6) Website – Living – click on Raising Children Icon (lower right hand corner)

    This website is a valuable resource listing Edmonton and area services for families raising children 0 -6.

    Topics that are covered are:                                         

    • Children’s development by age
    • Childcare & Learning
    • Children with Special Needs
    • Behavior and Parenting
    • Kid’s health
    • Parents and Caregivers
    • Working with Parents & Children

    Child, Adolescent and Services Alberta (CASA)
    780 415-6684

    CASA is a major community-based provider of mental health services for infants, children, adolescents and their families within the Capital Region and from Central and Northern Alberta. CASA provides assessments and treatment services for approximately 3000 infants, children and adolescents from birth to age 18 each year through a continuum ranging from consultation in community outreach settings to very intensive treatment programs.

    City of Edmonton – Counseling Services – search for counseling
    780 496-4777


    The City of Edmonton provides free short term counseling services to families who need support. Issues they can assist with are as follows:

    • Daily life stresses
    • Issues with dating, marital or partner relationships
    • Problems with family
    • Parenting challenges
    • Abuse or violence in the family
    • Financial resources
    • Housing options
    • Community resources
    • Neighbourhood social and recreation opportunities

    Edmonton Preschool Association

    This website offers an in-depth look into the Edmonton Preschool Association, including up-to-date news and events, job opportunities, registration, newsletters, teacher-related topics, and direct contact with EPA executives.  

    Family Supports for Children with Disabilities (FSCD)


    The FSCD program uses a family-centered approach to provide parents with funding to access a range of supports and services that strengthen their ability to promote their child’s healthy growth and development. In addition, FSCD assists with some of the extraordinary costs of raising a child with a disability. To apply please go to the website and click on the tab, “Apply to FSCD now” or “contact your local FSCD office”.

    Multi-Cultural Health Brokers
    780 423-1973

    Provides support to immigrant and refugee individuals and families in attaining optimum health through relevant health education, community development and advocacy.


    • Provides linguistic interpretation and cultural clarification
    • Helps families access services and resources within the health and social service system
    • Connects families to cultural community groups and resources
    • Supports community development

    The Support Network
    780 482-HELP (4357)

    The Crisis Support Centre provides crisis de-escalation and suicide prevention services for Edmonton and the surrounding area. With a 24/7 phone line available to those in distress, as well as walk-in counseling, suicide awareness programs, and online crisis services, the Centre is available to everyone who needs it, whenever crisis strikes.


    Advocacy staff are available province wide to assist families and adults with developmental disabilities. AACL Advocates address issues ranging from inclusive education to community living and family support to employment.

    Autism Alberta
    1 877-777-7192

    Autism Edmonton
    780 453-3971

    Cerebral Palsy Association of Alberta
    780 477-8030

    1 800 563-2642

    Edmonton Cerebral Palsy Association
    780 453-6950

    Description: LogoEdmonton Regional Coalition for Inclusive Education
    c/o #104, 18304 – 105 Avenue
    Edmonton, Alberta
    780 454-0701, ext. 225

    The ERC is a collective and unified voice within the Edmonton region for inclusive education. Through education and advocacy we promote access for students with special needs to receive the support they need to learn, academically and socially, as participating members of regular classrooms in their neighbourhood schools or school of choice.

    Edmonton Down Syndrome Society
    780 944-4224

    Gateway Association
    103, 18304 – 105 Avenue
    Edmonton, Alberta
    780 454-0701

    Gateway works to help families by providing them with the information they need to support their loved ones in educational, community, employment, and residential settings. Gateway will assist families with children of all ages and disabilities.

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