Early Learning and Childcare

Interested in a career in the Childcare – Early Learning Industry?

Program Overview

Early Learning and Childcare is a MCG program that provides industry-specific training to Albertans that qualifies them to work in a variety of different careers in the Childcare industry.

Not currently accepting clients for intakes.

This program offers each program participant:

  • An in-depth assessment where the participant’s needs are identified
  • 13-weeks of classroom training
  • Child Care First Aid certification
  • 5-week practicum for work experience (200 hours)
  • Child Development Assistant Certification (Level 1)
  • 380 hours toward Child Development Worker Certification (Level 2)
  • Follow-up at 3 months after successful completion of the program

The Province of Alberta is working in partnership with the Government of Canada to provide employment support services and programs. 

Eligibility Requirements

  • Currently unemployed/ working part-time
  • Are interested in working with children in a variety of exciting environments

Program Highlights

  • Designed to help Albertans obtain their Child Development Assistant certification to obtain full-time employment in the childcare industry
  • 5-week industry-specific practicum included (200 hours)
  • Offered at no cost
  • Funded by the Province of Alberta is in partnership with the Government of Canada.


  • 18 weeks


  • Continuous

Industries of Employment/Employers:

  • Red Deer Public School Board
  • Red Deer Catholic School Board
  • Clearview County School Board
  • Wolf Creek School Board
  • Childcare Industry, Central Alberta

Job Opportunities

  • Early Childhood Educator and Assistant
  • Child and Youth Care Worker/Assistant
  • Child Care Worker/Daycare/Nursery
  • School/Pre-Kindergarten Assistants
  • Special Needs Assistant
  • Behavior Needs Assistant

Is this program the right option for me?

If you are currently unemployed and are looking for certification/employment in the childcare industry, this program may be the right fit for you.

Contact Information

P 403-346-8599 | F 403-986-6402
Email: rdmcg@mcgcareers.com
Address: 103 – 4719 48 Avenue, Red Deer, AB, T4N 3T1

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