Federal-provincial child care agreement

On November 15, 2021, the Alberta and federal governments announced an agreement to reduce child care fees by an average of 50% in early 2022 and to provide $10 per day fees, on average, by 2026. Learn more about this historic agreement.

COVID-19 update

Child care operators should continue following applicable COVID guidelines and public health orders issued by the Chief Medical Officer of Health. Updated guidance for fall 2021 is now available for Licensed Child Care Centres and Family Day Homes.

Licensed facility-based child care

Home-based child care

Licensed home-based child care

  • Family day home educators operating under licensed agencies can offer child care for up to 6 children not including their own.

Unlicensed child care

  • Unlicensed child care programs can provide child care for up to 6 children, not including their own, at any given time. We do not monitor unlicensed or private child care arrangements but can issue closures if they are over this limit.

Enhanced sanitization

  • Enhanced sanitation practices should be used by all home-based child care providers, whether they are licensed or unlicensed:
    • routinely clean and disinfect any surface that people regularly touch
    • handwashing facilities or hand sanitizer must be available to children
    • visitors and children should not enter if they are feeling unwell
    • visitors should wash their hands frequently
  • Guidance for family day homes under licensed agencies and group family child care programs

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