Awards & Recognition

YYC Play – Signing the PLAY Charter

YYC Plays is a group of organizations working together to show the impact play has on our city. We work together to set Calgary up as a leader in how people play. Our goal is to show the value and importance of play, as well as increase play participation. TOPP KIDS Joined in 2018, signing the PLAY Charter at the Calgary Central Library. This commitment to PLAY and delivery of Play to the city sets us apart as we were the only Afterschool program in Calgary to sign!





Best Child Care Programs – Calgary

TOPP KIDS out of School Clubs / ELCC & Community Development are excited to announce our recent award from the TOP CHOICE Awards for the Best Child Care Programs- Calgary!



Canadian Choice Awards


CCA celebrates the heart and soul of Canada’s business community. Every year, we shine a spotlight on the small and mid-sized businesses that drive our nation’s economy, foster innovation, and enrich our communities.
Our mission is to recognize and uplift these businesses, ensuring they receive the acknowledgment they deserve. We invite you to join us in celebrating the entrepreneurial spirit of Canada.



CV Canadian Business Awards

Best Children’s / Youth Life Enrichment Organization

TOPP KIDS Out Of School Clubs / ELCC & Community Development is excited to announce our recent award from the CV Canadian Business Awards for the Best Children’s / Youth Life Enrichment Organization!




Global Excellence Awards

Most Outstanding Out of School Clubs Operator – Canada

The Global Excellence Awards are an annual program in which recipients are determined via a thorough process of research, analysis, shortlisting, and selection. This system is carried out in full by our own dedicated in-house team; we do not seek votes or input from either the nominated companies or third parties, instead opting to select awardees based on their hard work and notable achievements throughout the year.




Corporate LiveWire Innovation & Excellence Award 

TOPP KIDS Out of School Clubs / ELCC & Community Development is excited to announce our recent award- the Corporate LiveWire Innovation & Excellence Award 2020 for the Youth Life Enrichment Organization of the Year.




The KMH Global 100 Awards

Best Children’s &  Youth Life Enrichment Organization

TOPP KIDS Out of School Clubs / ELCC & Community Development is excited to announce our recent award- the KMH Global 100 Awards for Best Children’s &  Youth Life Enrichment Organization for both 2020 and 2021.



The M&A Today Global Awards

Best Children’s / Youth Life Enrichment Organization

The M&A Today Awards strive to be the World’s most coveted and complete awards programs, taking votes from over 163 countries globally.

The awards are recognized as the only awards dedicated to excellence on a truly global basis.

By broadening the focus beyond advertising alone, the purpose of the Annual Awards is to lift the perception of creativity above clever headlines and provide the readership with a comprehensive understanding of those firms that are truly leaders within their chosen areas of specialization. The intellectual and emotional achievement of communication transcends the barriers of distance, language, and culture.

The Annual Awards programs extend over regional, national, and international boundaries, and reach out to the readers in an Empirical, impartial and comprehensive way.




BBB Spark Award

The BBB Spark Award, a business Integrity award for entrepreneurship, recognizes business owners 35 and under or business owners of any age operating for less than three years who demonstrate a higher level of character, generating a culture that is authentic about its mission and connects with the community. Cody Topp and TOPP KIDS were nominated in both 2022 and 2023, Winning the Award in 2023!




CBRB- Canadian Business Review Board

CBRB is presented only to businesses that have maintained a 4+ star Google review rating or equivalent proof of customer satisfaction.

Representing the Best Businesses in Canada, the CBRB Canadian Business Review Board Inc. has found TOPP KIDS to meet strong consumer satisfaction standards and we look forward to recommending your services in the following areas.

– Strong Vision
– Customer-centric Approach
– Customer Satisfaction
– Business Leadership




Minister’s Awards of Excellence in Child Development

The Minister’s Awards of Excellence in Child Development celebrate child development professionals and their exceptional contributions to making life better for children and families in Alberta. This resource explains how Albertans can nominate individuals, teams or programs that demonstrate professional excellence in at least one of the following areas: innovative programming, inclusive practices, collaborative partnerships, leadership, promising practices, family/parent support, community building, and continuous improvement.

TOPP KIDS was nominated in the following categories in 2018

  • Cody Topp for Leadership and Continuous Growth
  • Chelsey MacLellan for Leadership and Building Community
  • Karen Swanson for Leadership and Continuous Growth
  • TOPP KIDS Evergreen




Canadas Best Employers For Recent Graduates

Recently TOPP KIDS has been confirmed to be one of Canada’s Best Employers for Recent Graduates and added to The Career Directory- Canada’s longest-running career guide for new graduates. The directory highlights new graduates at D2L including various training opportunities, tuition subsidies (related to the job), a wide variety of new grad positions, and various work benefits.




Miscellaneous Award Nominations

As we focus on constantly improving and building innovative programs, it’s nice to know that we have been nominated for the following awards categories in 2022 /2023:

  • Canada’s Top 100 Employers
  • Alberta’s Top 75 Employers
  • Canada’s Top Small & Medium Employers
  • Canada’s Top Employers for Young People
  • Calgary Chamber Small Business Calgary Award: ATB Small Business of the Year Award
  • Calgary Chamber Small Business Calgary Award: Servus Credit Union Innovation Award
  • Calgary Chamber Small Business Calgary Award: Company Culture Award
  • Top 40 Under 40 Award- Cody Topp- Owner/CEO




Internal TOPP KIDS Staff Awards

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Community of Care Award

The team that receives this award consistently goes above and beyond to not only create a sense of community within their team, families, and school, but continues to nurture and grow these connections to expand their community feel further. Their children and families are involved in all that they do and are invested and excited about the activities and events that are offered to them. This team is also dedicated to expanding its community and global outreach initiatives. This program embodies what we believe in and practice at TOPP KIDS.

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Leadership Award

The Leadership Awards are designed to honor individuals who show an exemplary level of mentorship within the company. They are exceptional when it comes to communication with staff and families and are always available to assist staff members with any concerns of growth pieces they bring forward. These individuals live and breathe best practices and are committed to leading others to learn and embody these values in all that they do. These individuals are seen within the company as leaders and others look up to them and value their knowledge and presence within TOPP KIDS.

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Emerging Leaders Award

The recipient of this award is a company member who, in their specific role, has demonstrated significant growth as a leader and role model for others. They are beginning to establish their leadership style, and others are receptive of this and look to this individual for guidance and support. TOPP KIDS is dedicated to the growth and development of staff and this award is designed to recognize the efforts and obvious growth of an individual as they continue learning and gaining leadership skills in their daily interactions.

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Innovative Programming Award

The recipient of this award is a team who has demonstrated exceptional quality programming that incorporates all elements of the TOPP KIDS name and has done so in a manner that engages and inspires children and families alike. From introducing new and innovative activities from each portfolio to expanding the possibilities of initiatives such as Kids Clubs, Junior Leadership and Mentors, this team has shown their dedication and passion for innovation in their program.

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Excellence Awards:

 Physical Literacy, S.T.R.E.A.M., Creative Expression, & Kindi Club Portfolios

This award will be presented to an individual who presents an exemplary level of quality in the planning and execution of the portfolio they run. The tone of each day is set by how they approach and carry out their planned activities. They constantly demonstrate passion, interest, and excitement in all they do. They continue to present planning that is innovative, fresh, and in keeping with the child’s interests. These leaders consistently have an overflow of child interest in their activities on any given day, and they keep the engagement and attention of a group no matter how large for the duration of their activity. These individuals are widely adored in their respective programs, and we can’t wait to celebrate all that they bring to TOPP KIDS.

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Kids Choice Award:

This award is presented to the individual who has the most votes for the Kids Choice -favorite TK leader between September 1st and April 30th. This individual continues to go above and beyond, focusing on building meaningful relationships and creates a lasting impact with each child. A true Leader, Mentor, and educator.

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Parents Choice Award:

This award is presented to the Program with the most parent nominees and testimonials submitted via this nomination form for the 2023-2024 school year. This team has gone above and beyond to make an impact in the lives of their families and children, truly embodying the TOPP KIDS “Family Feel ” spirit, and is dedicated to continually developing strong connections with their families. Please help us determine this year’s winner by providing your testimonial below. We would also appreciate your consent to share your kind words on our website and social platforms.  Thank you in advance for celebrating our educators. 

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PLAY Award

The PLAY Award celebrates a program’s dedication and passion for creating environments of exploration and curiosity through play.  This award honors a program that seeks to engage children by tapping into their interests and passions. This program is curious in culture, and responds by asking children open-ended questions, getting to know children and their interests, and exploring ways to enhance play experiences.

The program recipient of the PLAY Award stands out for their ability to understand the impact of play on a child’s development.  No idea is too big!  Whether its planning activities based on interests, organizing innovative experiences, or developing meaningful connections. They are strongly committed to ensuring each child under their care is safe and supported, stimulated and inspired.

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GROW Award

The GROW Award celebrates a Program’s commitment to continuous learning and skill development.  This award honors a program that doesn’t shy away from challenges and instead embraces them and takes them on with a smile.  Using each challenge as an opportunity for growth.

The program recipient of the GROW award stands out for striving to expand their skill set by seeking out learning opportunities, asking questions, and trying new things.   This program not only invests in their programs development but also motivates and uplifts others in their development.  They share their knowledge, skills, and passion with others and cultivate a culture of growth within the company.

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The LAUGH Award celebrates a program whose positive attitude, commitment to fun, and emphasis on teamwork creates a place where everyone is happy and comfortable to be themselves.  This award honors a program who finds joy in the small things and who doesn’t take themselves too seriously.  They have a contagious culture of positivity and kindness.

The program recipient of the LAUGH Award stands out for fostering a warm and nurturing environment for everyone who enters their program.  This program ensures fun is infused into each day and understands the power laughter can have on a team and strengthening connections.


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The LEARN Award celebrates a program who actively engages in the development of themselves and others by creating a stimulating environment of learning, where children and peers are encouraged to ask questions, discover, and explore.

The program recipient of the LEARN Award stands out for having a culture of enthusiasm and passion for continuous learning.  They constantly seek innovative ways to enhance and improve their programs.  Their learning never stops as they inspire others to also explore learning opportunities that will further develop their knowledge and expertise in the ECE field.

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Legacy Award

The Legacy Award is given to an individual that has left a profound impact on the company. They are dedicated to creating a positive and compassionate culture in all that they do, and they show a next-level sense of care and investment when it comes to committing to the mission statement of TOPP KIDS, as well as embodying their own. The recipient of the Legacy Award creates lasting meaningful relationships with the children, families, and staff they encounter, and acts as a mentor and role model for many. The individual takes the notion of a family-run company to the next level and shows nothing less than love and openness as an influential and irreplaceable member of the TOPP KIDS team.


The Karen Swanson- Leading With Heart Award

This award is presented, in honor of Karen Swanson, a founding member of TOPP KIDS, whose unwavering dedication to improving the lives of everyone around her and leading with love, understanding, and integrity created a lasting legacy we continue to celebrate year after year.



Better Business Bureau


An ethical marketplace where buyers and sellers trust each other.


BBB’s mission is to be the leader in advancing marketplace trust. We do this by:

  • Setting standards for marketplace trustClick for the BBB Business Review of this Child Care Centers in Calgary AB
  • Encouraging and supporting best practices by engaging with and educating consumers and businesses
  • Celebrating marketplace role models
  • Calling out and addressing substandard marketplace behavior
  • Creating a community of trustworthy businesses and charities

BBB sees trust as a function of two primary factors – integrity and performance. Integrity includes respect, ethics, and intent. Performance speaks to a business’s track record of delivering results in accordance with BBB standards and/or addressing customer concerns in a timely, satisfactory manner.

TOPP KIDS has been accredited since 2018.