This Alberta-wide pilot program provides child care for children aged 0 to 6 years with maximum fees of $25 per day.
Early Learning and Child Care (ELCC) Centres may offer flexible child care for parents who work part-time or shifts that are outside typical day care hours (7 a.m. to 6 p.m.) or offer care in accessible settings such as co-location with other public buildings.
The centres provide supports for children with diverse needs and implement an early learning child care curriculum.
ELCC Centres within existing child care programs were operational May 1, 2017. As new centres need time to get licensed and established, operation dates for new programs will vary by centre, throughout 2017.
All children aged 0 to 6 are eligible.
Enrolling a child
Space in Early Learning and Child Care Centres is limited. To inquire about enrolling your child in an ELCC Centre, please contact the child care program directly.
Alberta Early Learning and Child Care Centres will cap parent fees at $25 per day. There are no changes to subsidy eligibility within the centres.
inclusion and diversity for Indigenous, immigrant and refugee children
access to parenting resources and supports for families
support for vulnerable families
support for child care in rural communities
Program details and benefits
This program is a 3-year pilot. At the end of the pilot, there will be a rigorous evaluation process with results reported each year. The results from the evaluation will allow government to determine continued funding and/or possible expansion of the program.
There are 5 approaches the Early Learning and Child Care Centres will focus on:
affordability of $25/day
improvements to address gaps in the current system
The ELCC Centres will implement an early learning and child care curriculum framework. This framework was developed by early learning and child care educators, early childhood academics, government, and professionals working in related fields. It’s designed to foster improved early childhood development outcomes so children can get the best possible start to life.
More information is available in the fact sheet(0.1 MB).
How many new child care spaces will be created?
1,296 licensed child care spaces will be in the Early Learning and Child Care Centres, and 714 of these will be new.
636 new licensed child care spaces will be created in 9 new programs (462 spaces) and in 13 existing programs (174 spaces).
In addition to the 174 spaces created in existing programs, these programs will increase enrollment by 78 additional children by hiring more certified staff.
What are some of the improvements being made?
13 programs (774 spaces) will offer flexible child care to support parents who are working or attending school outside of typical child care operations and/or who work on a part-time basis
19 programs (1,142 spaces) will collaborate with other service organizations for co-location or new partnerships in delivering ELCC
21 programs (1,256 spaces) will collaborate with other service organizations that support knowledge about cultural diversity and learning as it relates to Indigenous, immigrant and refugee children
21 programs (1,214 spaces) will collaborate with other service organizations to support the provision of parenting resources and supports to families attending the child care program
All 22 programs (1,296 spaces) will collaborate to support vulnerable families (i.e. low socio-economic status, lone parent families, parenting teens, and women facing additional barriers)
10 programs (598 spaces) will support child care in rural communities
If you have additional questions about Alberta’s new Early Learning and Child Care Centres, please contact: