Minister's Awards of Excellence in Child Development

Nominate child development professionals, teams and programs to recognize their commitment to excellence in quality care for children.

Important dates

The nominations deadline is 4 pm, September 24, 2018.


The Minister’s Awards of Excellence in Child Development recognizes professionals that make life better for children and families. The awards also support government’s commitment to high quality, accessible and affordable child care that is responsive to and inclusive of all children.

Nominating these professionals, teams and programs recognizes excellence in their field. Doing so also celebrates their outstanding work with children at programs licensed or approved by the Government of Alberta.

For more information, read the nomination guidelines and complete the nomination form (PDF, 1.55 MB).


Eligible applicants

Albertans are encouraged to nominate child development professionals.

The nominated individuals, teams or programs must:

  • live and work in Alberta, and
  • not be a member of the Awards Selection Committee.

Eligible programs

Eligible programs licensed or approved by the Alberta government include:

  • day care programs
  • out-of-school care programs
  • family day home agencies/approved day home providers
  • preschool programs
  • early childhood services programs
  • parent link centres

How to nominate

To nominate an Albertan, follow the nomination guidelines and fill out the nomination form (PDF, 1.55 MB).

After you apply

All nominees and nominators will receive an email or letter confirming receipt of their nomination.

An Awards Selection Committee composed of representatives from stakeholder organizations and government staff reviews all eligible nomination packages according to criteria specified in the nomination guidelines. The Alberta government will contact award recipients directly once the selection process is completed.


In 2017, the Alberta government received over 84 nominations from across the province. Congratulations to all of the nominees!

View list of Individual nominees (PDF, 367 KB)

View list of Team nominees (PDF, 376 KB)

View list of Program nominees (PDF, 360 KB)

2017 award recipients

Awards are given annually to child development professionals who make life better for children and families in Alberta. In 2017, the Alberta government presented nine awards to recipients demonstrating professional excellence in their work with children and families. Congratulations to the 2017 recipients!

Individual category

Nicole Morrell
Johnstone Daycare, Red Deer

Laura Armstrong
Sunshine Day Home: Leduc-Strathcona Services for Children, Edmonton

Tiffany Howe
Jamie's Preschool, Calgary

Team category

Janella Rodriguez & Kayla Nicholls
Early Childhood Development Centre, Drayton Valley

Anita Bruce & Christina Jackson
Brooks Preschool, Brooks

Rosemary Robins, Renee Poles & Fabrianne Isidro
Fulton Childcare Association, Edmonton

Program Category

Glenora Child Care Society
Day Care Program, Edmonton

Lurana Innovative Child Care
Day Care Program, Edmonton

Catholic Family Service Parent/Child Learning Centre (Louise Dean)
Day Care Program, Calgary

Past recipients


See videos about each recipient’s accomplishments

See event photos

The Alberta government gratefully acknowledges the support of CTV, CTV Two Alberta and Wintergreen Learning Materials.


If you have questions about the Minister’s Awards of Excellence in Child Development, please email