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.

Under the Early Learning and Child Care Act, a licence is required to operate a child care program that provides care for 7 or more children. The Act and Regulation set out the minimum standards that must be met in a licensed child care program to ensure the safety, well-being and developmental needs of children are met.

This section provides the steps for starting and operating a licensed program and becoming a family day home educator. Programs and educators can also find information on grant funding, online claims, educator certification, and appealing decisions.

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