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About Alberta's Dayhome Support Network

Welcome to Alberta’s Dayhome Support Network (ADSN), a dynamic community and resource hub dedicated to dayhome providers in Alberta. Our mission is to empower and support dayhome providers, address burnout and isolation, and foster a community of collaboration.

At ADSN, we understand the unique challenges dayhome providers face (because we’ve been dayhome providers ourselves). And this personal experience allows us to empathize with the demands and joys of running a dayhome, driving our commitment to offer comprehensive resources, unwavering support, and a thriving community that truly understands your journey.

We believe that supporting dayhome providers is not just a job; it’s a passion and a calling. Our team is dedicated to curating a wide range of resources encompassing all aspects of running a successful dayhome business. 

But ADSN is more than just a collection of resources. It’s also a vibrant community of caring and supportive individuals on the same mission as you. Because we know that running a dayhome can sometimes feel isolating (we’ve been there). That’s why we’ve created a platform for dayhome providers to connect with like-minded peers, share experiences, exchange ideas, and seek advice. Our forums, discussion groups, and networking events foster a spirit of collaboration and camaraderie, where we can all learn and grow together.

We also recognize the importance of professionalism and delivering high-quality child care. Our goal is to uplift the entire dayhome sector by supporting you in providing exceptional services to the children in your care. We celebrate your dedication and passion for early childhood education and are committed to helping you excel in your role.

WHO WE ARE

Alberta’s Dayhome Support Network got its start back in 2018 as Embolden Professional Dayhome Community. For years, Embolden PDC has worked in partnership with a variety of local organizations to connect providers and parents with quality resources and supports to help embolden them on their dayhome journey. Now operating as Alberta’s Dayhome Support Network, ADSN is run by two experienced dayhome professionals with over 10 years of combined experience within the dayhome sector in Alberta. This experience as both dayhome operators and parents who have utilized child care in Alberta gives ADSN the ability to anticipate both provider and parent needs and ensures a deep understanding of the supports and resources that both providers and parents need to thrive.

WHAT WE BELIEVE

ADSN believes that all dayhome professionals deserve to be supported for the work they do in caring for our most vulnerable citizens. However, in Alberta, accessing critical resources and tailored supports for in-home child care can be challenging. We believe that breaking down these barriers is essential to building provider capacity within the sector, benefiting both dayhome professionals and the children they care for. We recognize the vital role dayhome professionals play in shaping the lives of children, and we are dedicated to providing the necessary support to foster their success. We firmly believe that when dayhome professionals are supported, our children thrive. That’s why ADSN is committed to equipping dayhome professionals in Alberta with everything they need to establish stability and longevity in their dayhome programs.

WHAT WE DO

ADSN offers a comprehensive wrap-around support network specifically designed for dayhome professionals. Our goal is to provide dayhome professionals with the tools, resources, and connections they need to excel in their dayhome business and provide exceptional care to our most vulnerable citizens. With our extensive library of dayhome-specific resources, dayhome professionals have access to hundreds of digital and printable materials. From curriculum ideas and activity printables to safety guidelines and business templates, we’ve got it covered. Stay up-to-date with the latest industry trends and best practices through regular professional development opportunities and networking events. Connect with like-minded professionals, share insights, and foster a sense of community.

HOW WE CAN SUPPORT AGENCIES

ADSN values the role that dayhome agencies play in ensuring the safety, quality, and regulation of dayhome services in Alberta. ADSN is not in competition with agencies; instead, we complement their efforts by providing a centralized hub of resources and support. Our aim is to alleviate the administrative burden on agencies, empowering them to focus on their core responsibilities while leveraging the expertise and resources we offer. By partnering with ADSN, agencies can enhance their services, streamline their operations, and ultimately provide even stronger support to dayhome providers. Together, we can create a collaborative ecosystem that benefits agencies, dayhome professionals, and, most importantly, the children in their care.

WHAT OUR MEMBERS ARE SAYING

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"This has been a huge resource for me to start my own dayhome up. Even switching to licensed, I still love the help that I have received through the website that I do not get from the agency."
VIP MemberPrivate Dayhome
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“Discovering ADSN on the Alberta.ca website just over a year ago has had a powerful positive influence on my private dayhome. They have introduced me and the families of my dayhome to a massive source of support and knowledge. I wish I knew about them years ago!"
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“I joined ADSN back before I even started my dayhome. I am very grateful for the support I’ve received and resources Danielle has put together have been invaluable every step of the way as I started, grew and maintained my business. I am licensed now, and that switch was very smooth in large part to ADSN. I keep up my membership even though I am licensed to an agency, and no longer private, because the support and resources they provide are unlike anything else."
VIP MemberPrivate Dayhome
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“I can’t express enough gratitude for ADSN and the women behind this organization. I have been running a Dayhome for 22 years. I was with an accredited agency for 9 years, and the remaining was privately operated. ADSN has endless support for both new and seasoned providers. There are always webinars or other learning opportunities on a continual and regular basis, every resource you would ever need is available, they keep us up to date on everything dayhome".
VIP MemberApproved Family Dayhome
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“I have been a VIP member of ADSN for over a year. When I opened my private dayhome in 2021 ADSN was a huge help in providing resources and tools for having a smooth professional opening. The professional development, monthly zoom meetings, children’s play supports, and program templates have been a huge asset to my program, mental health, and successful business. I have since become a licensed dayhome. Embolden is still a resource I turn to monthly for community support, professional development, and connection with others in the early learning field. They fill in the gap that is missing from my dayhome agency."
VIP MemberPrivate Dayhome
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"The part I take away most from ADSN is the connections. Danielle works very hard to organize zoom chats, dayhome gatherings and provider get-togethers. Working in an isolating job, I look forward to all of these."
VIP MemberPrivate Dayhome
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"ADSN has opened up a huge support and educational system for me. More than I ever expected."
VIP MemberPrivate Dayhome
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"I love the interaction with ADSN. Seeing the members active on facebook, sharing experiences, asking for help...has created an amazing sense of community. ADSN has given me a renewed desire to learn and engage more. To better myself thus creating a better future for the children in my care. Thank you!"
VIP MemberApproved Family Dayhome
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"This has been a huge resource for me to start my own dayhome up. Even switching to licensed, I still love the help that I have received through the website that I do not get from the agency."
VIP MemberPrivate Dayhome
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"ADSN has been great. I so appreciate knowing there’s an understanding listening ear and whenever I have questions, they are always ready with an informed and educated response."
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