Pathways to Early Learning and Child Care

Admission Requirements   Program Schedule  Application   Courses 

Keyano College will be offering a government-funded (free) Pathway to Early Learning and Child Care program for unemployed and under-employed Albertans starting in Winter 2022.

The ELCC Program is a 19-week course to gain the academic requirements needed for post-secondary training, essential skills required for successful employment, and a foundational course on child development. Participants will also earn safety certificates to begin work in child care programs.

Program graduates will receive a Level 1 Early Childhood Educator certification and will be eligible to take the Early Learning and Child Care Certification program or the Educational Assistant program. 

Intake: Begins Fall 2021

Program Duration: February 7, 2022 - June 17, 2022

Cost: Free

 Admission Requirements 
  • Adult Albertan over the age of 18
  • Unemployed or underemployed (less than 20 hours per week)
  • Successful completion of an Alberta Education Grade 9 equivalency
  • Police reference check with vulnerable sector check withing two months of program starting
  • English English Language proficiency that aligns with Childhood Studies program requirements of:
    • TOEFL: iBT with a minimum score of 79 with no score below 19
    • IELTS with a minimum score of 6.0
    • CAEL with a minimum score of 60
    • MELAB with a minimum score of 80
 Program Schedule

19 weeks – Participants must attend all 19 weeks


Monday – Friday

9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (one-hour lunch break)

or 9:00 a.m. - 3:45 p.m. (30 minute lunch break) during weeks which contain a statutory holiday


If you are interested in this free program, please email

If you are wanting some extra practice in English Language Skills before the course start, consider the Community Adult Learning Program (CALP).

Learn more about our Community Adult Learning Program


Essential Skills:

 Computer Fundamentals (30 hours)
In this introductory course, you will learn to operate the computer and its applications using Windows 10. You will learn commonly used features and functions, and master document and file management. Using Internet Explorer, you will become familiar with browsing the internet, using search engines and applying these skills to research online job opportunities. Using MS Outlook, you will create an email account and learn to use Outlook both as a communication tool and a time management tool in the workplace.
 Introduction to Microsoft Word (30 hours)
This course is designed for those who require the skills necessary to use a word processing application for document creation and use in the workplace. Using Microsoft Word, you will practice creating, modifying and formatting a variety of documents with features such as margins, page numbers, headers, footers, track revisions, tables, clip art, labels, mail merge and more.  
 Computer Applications (30 hours)
Through a practical hands-on approach you will apply your knowledge of computer applications software to utilize technology to search for jobs. You will use MS Word, your own writing skills and peer reviews to develop a professional resume and cover letter.
 Capitalizing on Diversity (8 hours)
Workforces are becoming increasingly diverse and workplace cultures are changing. Leaders play a significant role in managing teams and training adults from different generations, various continents, faiths and lifestyles or living with varying abilities. Participants will learn how to create a safe and respectful working environment for employees / adult learners and capitalize on the benefits of a diverse workplace. This course will demonstrate essential skills for working with a diverse workforce.
 Active Listening (10 hours)
How do you feel when someone listens to you? How would your job be impacted if you really listened to the people with whom you interact? By learning and utilizing effective listening skills including: attending behaviours, questioning techniques, paraphrasing and summarizing, you will learn to become someone who doesn’t just hear words, but really listens. After completing this course, participants will be able to identify attending behaviours, list various questioning techniques, demonstrate paraphrasing and summarizing, and practice effective listening skills. 
 Workplace Reading and Writing Strategies (30 hours)
Improve your reading skills and be ready for typical workplace-related documents. You will use the Preview, Navigate, Skim, Scan, Map and Study-to-Upgrade practices to increase your workplace productivity and reduce the risk of work-related incidents. Writing in the workplace has evolved over the years and most information is now communicated in the form of a written document, therefore the ability to communicate effectively is key. Through this course you will learn writing techniques to convey messages that are professional, clear, and concise for work-related correspondence. 

Academic Skills:

 English 10-2 – Alberta Education curriculum equivalency English 10-2 (90 hours)
English 10-2 focuses on the development of communication skills. The emphasis is on the development of vocabulary, spelling ability, reading skills, verbal expression, and good fundamental writing skills in order to better equip the student for everyday life. 

Alberta Education Course Equivalency: English 10-2


 English 20-2 – Alberta Education curriculum equivalency English 20-2 (90 hours)
English 20-2 continues the format of English 10-2. The course offers instruction in various forms of communication (both oral and written). The emphasis in the course is to further develop these skills, such as vocabulary, spelling, reading, comprehension, grammar, and writing, encouraged in English 10-2. 

English 30-2 completes the English 10-2, 20-2, 30-2 sequence.  The course is designed to further develop the comprehension, writing and vocabulary skills of the student.  Basic grammar and writing skills will be reviewed and utilized in practical writing exercises.

Alberta Education Course Equivalency: English 30-2.

 English 30-2 – Alberta Education curriculum equivalency English 30-2 (90 hours)
English 20-2 continues the format of English 10-2. The course offers instruction in various forms of communication (both oral and written). The emphasis in the course is to further develop these skills, such as vocabulary, spelling, reading, comprehension, grammar, and writing, encouraged in English 10-2. 

Alberta Education Course Equivalency: English 20-2

Applied Skills Development:

 CHSD 101 - Child Development I, 3 credit course (45 hours)
Understanding the development of children is the foundation for supporting children to be mighty learners and citizens. An exploration of the growth and development of the child from the prenatal period to the early childhood period is emphasized. Physical, cognitive, and social/emotional development will be examined through readings, simulations, discussion, projects, and observing and recording children’s behaviour. An introduction to develop perspective on history, research and theories of child development will be explored. 


 Standard Childcare First Aid and CPR (18 hours)

This course is a required pre-requisite to acceptance into the Educational Assistant and Early Learning and Child Care Certificate programs. 

This comprehensive two-day course offers first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) skills with a focus on childhood injuries and illnesses. Designed for those in the early childhood education industry or those who want more knowledge to respond to emergencies involving children and babies. Includes the latest first aid and CPR guidelines, injury prevention content, and AED. Successful completion of the course will provide 3-year certification in Standard Childcare First Aid and CPR/AED for the participant.  

 Food Handler Certification (12 hours)
Food handling certification is a legal requirement for businesses handling or serving food and many child care facilities require this certification prior to employment. The online course is comprised of four modules that focus on understanding food safety, preventing food-borne illness, working with food safely and managing your food safety plan. Successful completion of this online course provides participants with the required certification for working in Alberta.

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