Supporting Developmental Outcomes for Children

Engaging with ASQ use in Alberta

Development in early childhood lays the foundation for health and success across the life course.

– Alberta Government, 2013
The Alberta Resource Centre for Quality Enhancement (ARCQE) has been working to increase awareness and use of the Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ: 3) and Social-Emotional (ASQ: SE2) screening tools across Alberta.  ARCQE’s engagement with the sector relative to development screening now spans support to the following three areas 1. GRASP: Family Child Care agencies (FCC) 2. Parent Link Centres, (PLC) 3. Home Visitation programs (HV).

ARCQE has been working in partnership with Children’s Services facilitating a pilot project known as GRASP, since 2016.

Currently ARCQE works in partnership with Children’s Services to assist PLC’s and HV’s with developmental screening.

Creating places of vitality in early childhood communities

The overarching aim of the GRASP project is to:

  • Guide enhancement of environments as a means of optimizing children’s developmental potential.
  • Support day home provider strategies focused on best practice relative to developmental outcomes.
  • Provide access to formal coaching and on-site support and resources specific to use of ASQ tools.

For more information on Agency Consultants or Provider project learnings please see the following links:
Agency Consultants:

Child’s World Fairview Child Care

10620 110 St,
Fairview, AB T0H 1L0
(780) 835-2102

Peace River Family Dayhomes

7501 99 St
Peace River, AB T8S 1C9
(780) 624-8972

Barrhead Family Dayhomes

4808 52 Ave, Barrhead, AB T7N 1B8
(780) 674-2006

Vegreville Dayhomes

5106 48 Ave, Box 640
Vegreville, AB T9C 1R7
(780) 632-2912

Flagstaff Family Day Homes

4809 49 Ave
Killam, AB T0B 2L0
(780) 385-2488

Strathcona County

2001 Sherwood Drive
Sherwood Park, AB T8A 3W7
(780) 464-8442

North Edmonton Family Dayhomes

12704 101 St NW
Edmonton AB T5E 4E5
(780) 478-3376

Parkland Family Day Home Agency

221 First A Ave
Spruce Grove, AB T7X 3X2
(780) 962-5919

Child Development Dayhomes of Alberta – Calgary

Suite 202, 222 16 Ave NE
Calgary, AB T2E 1J8
(403) 230-2233

Churchill Park

202 3016 19 St NE
Calgary AB T2E 6Y9

Apple Blossom Day Homes

526 20 St NE
Medicine Hat AB T1C 1H2
(403) 526-8194

Monkey Business Day Home

PO Box 12
Medicine Hat, AB T1A 7E5
(403) 594-3699

The Children’s House Child Care Society

1215 4th Avenue South
Lethbridge, AB T1J 0P9

Hemel House

1309 9 Ave N
Lethbridge ,AB T1H 1H3

Westlock Family Day Home Agency

10804 101 St
Westlock, AB T7P 1H5

Stepping Stones

9614 100 Ave
Grande Prairie, AB T8V 0T2
(780) 532-9684

Innisfail Family Day Home Society

5713 51 Ave
Innisfail, AB T4G 1R4
(403) 227-2767

Sonshine Family Day Homes

Calgary, AB T3C 3W2
(403) 243-2002

Time for Tots

307 16 St NW
Drumheller, AB T0J 0Y1
(403) 823-8687

Southgate Medallion

11 Fairway Dr NW
Edmonton, AB T6J 2W4
(780) 438-4012


8155 79 Ave NW
Edmonton, AB T6C 0P9
(780) 448-1301

Wee Care Family Day Home

9904 103 St
Fort Saskatchewan, AB T8L 2C9
(780) 998-0888


When educators engage in a practice of relationships, they create places of vitality in early childhood communities.

– Makovichuk, Hewes, Lirette, Thomas, 2014
Currently ARCQE works in partnership with Children’s Services to assist PLC’s and HV’s with developmental screening as follows:

  • Coordinate training & refresher sessions on developmental screening tools
  • Provide support & consultation and/or training to orient programs to use of ASQ on-line database
  • Facilitate communities of practice and information sharing relative to developmental screening, supporting referrals and access to resource materials for both trainers & families.

For more information on Home Visitation or Parent Link Programs please see the following links:
Home Visitation:


Creating Awareness

Creating awareness of the ASQ screening tools in licensed and contracted agencies serving children ensures that these tools are utilized and supported to guide meaningful dialogue about child development with families.

Educator Confidence

Improved understanding about ASQ not only increases the use of these screening tools, it empowers educators/practitioners with further knowledge and understanding of children’s individual needs,  supporting practice strategies and further enhances meaningful opportunities to debrief developmental findings with families.

Building Relationships

With province-wide support and focus on developmental screening, educators and practitioners are now engaged in critical reflection to support building relationship and strengthening communication strategies to inform and guide responsive follow up that may be beneficial to optimizing developmental outcomes.

As a means of supporting and informing evidence-based practice, use of ASQ in the PLC/HV and GRASP agencies looks to research that may be helpful in guiding communication about child development to share with families. Following is a series of helpful links as well as a broad array of resources that offer foundational knowledge about child development that may be helpful in supporting further dialogue between parents and educators. In turn, educators/practitioners and parents will then have increased awareness of children’s early developmental needs and effective strategies for effectively meeting them.

Resources for Educators

Helpful links and ASQ Information Webinars on the following topics can be accessed at
  • What’s New for ASQ:SE-2
  • Promoting Parent Engagement with ASQ:SE-2
  • Using ASQ-3 and ASQ:SE-2 Together
  • Using the ASQ with Diverse Families
Articles & supporting resources:

“I truly believe there is value in this program and the benefit for day homes is substantial.”

– Grasp Coach, March 2017

“ The most powerful thing anyone can be is in the moment with children.”

– Lee, 2016

“Children know in a 1,000 ways how we are with them by what we say and do. If we remember that, then we can make a difference.”

– Lee, 2016


For more information on ASQ support for GRASP, PLC and HV or to learn more about the Alberta Resource Centre for Quality Enhancement (ARCQE), send us a message. You can also visit our website at

Address Suite 54, 9912 106 St. Edmonton, AB, T5K 1C5
Toll Free 1 (866) 429-4930
Local (780) 421-4930
Fax (780) 421-1730