In the first step toward $25-per-day child care in Alberta, the government is inviting non-profit organizations to apply to develop 18 new Early Learning and Child Care Centres across the province.
With a focus on capping fees at $25 a day, this initiative will address gaps in the existing child-care system, including:
- flexible child-care options for parents doing shift work
- accessible locations, such as hospitals and other public buildings
- supports for children with diverse needs.
Each new child-care centre will receive up to $500,000 in operating funding in the first year, with the opportunity to receive two more years of funding. The locations of new child-care centres, targeted to where demand is greatest, will be announced early in 2017.
“Our government is keeping its promise to make child care more accessible for Alberta families. Investing in quality child care will make life more affordable for parents and prepare our children for success.”
“We know the cost of quality child care is a challenge for many families. As a government, it is up to us to support parents and make sure children have opportunities for bright futures. I am proud that our government is creating new child-care spaces across the province.”
“Improving access to child care will support more women to remain in or enter the workforce. Today’s investment will improve the lives of women and move us one step closer to equality in Alberta.”
“We are excited to see our government invest in high-quality and inclusive child care. A focus on quality values the profession of early learning and care and the need to respond to the diversity of Alberta’s children. It is an investment in a strong start for children and families.”
The deadline to apply to become an Early Learning and Child Care Centre is Jan. 20, 2017.