Early Learning and Child Care Centres

This Alberta-wide pilot program provides child care for children aged 0 to kindergarten with maximum fees of $25 per day.

Overview

This Alberta-wide pilot program provides quality child care for children 0 to kindergarten 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.

Expanding ELCC Centres

We’re expanding the pilot program to create up to 78 additional Early Learning and Child Care Centres thanks to an agreement with the Government of Canada.

Non-profit organizations or those interested in becoming non-profit child care providers have until Jan 31, 2018 to apply for a 3-year operating grant to become an ELCC Centre.

How to apply

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To apply, please fill out the expression of interest (EOI) to become an ELCC Centre. This application outlines all the steps and criteria necessary to be considered.

Interested organizations are encouraged to participate in proposal writing workshops or to contact the child care manager in their region for additional information and assistance.

More information is available in the Expanding Alberta's ELCC Centres fact sheet (PDF, 120 KB).

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.

Parent fees are capped at $25 per day. There are no changes to subsidy eligibility within the centres.

Program details and benefits

This program is a pilot. A rigorous evaluation process has already begun for Phase 1 ELCC Centres. The results from the evaluation will allow government to determine continued funding and/or possible expansion of the program.

Early Learning and Child Care Centres focus on:

  • space creation
  • affordability of $25/day
  • quality
  • improvements to address gaps in the current system
  • program evaluation

All ELCC Centres are required to 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.

Contact

If you have additional questions about Alberta’s new Early Learning and Child Care Centres, please contact ELCC@gov.ab.ca.

Current locations

Agency name Community Proposed licensed spaces Description

Willow Lake Tiny
Tots - Caring for Kids

Anzac 30
  • New program
  • $25 per day fees
  • new community partnerships
  • support for 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

PUZZLES

Banff 40
  • New program
  • $25 per day fees
  • flexible child care
  • access to parenting resources and supports for families
  • support for vulnerable families
  • support for child care in rural communities
Bonnyville and
District Day Care Centre
Bonnyville 68
  • Existing program
  • $25 per day fees
  • flexible child care
  • New community partnerships
  • support for 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

CFS Parent Child Learning Centre
(Louise Dean)

Calgary 60
  • Existing program
  • $25 per day fees
  • New community partnerships
  • support for inclusion and diversity for Indigenous, immigrant and refugee children
  • access to parenting resources and supports for families
  • support for vulnerable families

Imagine Early Learning and Child
Care Centre

Calgary 30
  • New program
  • $25 per day fees
  • support for inclusion and diversity for Indigenous, immigrant and refugee children
  • access to parenting resources and supports for families
  • support for vulnerable families

Hillhurst-Sunnyside
Day Care Centre

Calgary 82
  • Existing program
  • $25 per day fees
  • new community partnerships
  • support for inclusion
  • and diversity for Indigenous, immigrant and refugee children
  • support for vulnerable families

Rainbow Lodge Centre (Métis
Calgary Family Services
)

Calgary 60
  • New program
  • $25 per day fees
  • new community partnerships
  • support for inclusion and diversity for Indigenous, immigrant and refugee children
  • access to parenting resources and supports for families
  • support for vulnerable families

Thornhill Child Care
Society

Calgary 88
  • New program
  • $25 per day fees
  • new community partnerships
  • support for inclusion
  • and diversity for Indigenous, immigrant and refugee children
  • access to parenting resources and supports for families
  • support for vulnerable families

Kids Campus Daycare Society

Camrose 75
  • Existing program
  • $25 per day fees
  • flexible child care
  • new community partnerships
  • support for inclusion and diversity for Indigenous, immigrant and refugee children
  • access to parenting resources and supports for families
  • support for vulnerable families

ABC Head Start
(Daycare program name to be determined)

Edmonton 36
  • New program
  • $25 per day fees
  • new community partnerships
  • support for inclusion and diversity for Indigenous, immigrant and refugee children
  • access to parenting resources and supports for families
  • support for vulnerable families

Rotary Early Learning Program
Childcare

Edmonton 40
  • New program
  • $25 per day fees
  • flexible child care
  • new community partnerships
  • support for inclusion and diversity for Indigenous, immigrant and refugee children
  • access to parenting resources and supports for families
  • support for vulnerable families

Bissell Centre Child
Care Centre

Edmonton 71
  • Existing program
  • $25 per day fees
  • flexible child care
  • new community partnerships
  • support for inclusion and diversity for Indigenous, immigrant and refugee children
  • access to parenting resources and supports for families
  • support for vulnerable families

Intercultural Child and Family Centre

Edmonton 63
  • Existing program
  • $25 per day fees
  • flexible child care
  • new community partnerships
  • support for inclusion and diversity for Indigenous, immigrant and refugee children
  • access to parenting resources and supports for families
  • support for vulnerable families

Oliver Centre –
Learning Programs for Children &
Family Society

Edmonton 40
  • New program
  • $25 per day fees
  • new community partnerships
  • support for inclusion and diversity for Indigenous, immigrant and refugee children
  • access to parenting resources and supports for families
  • support for vulnerable families

Child’s World Day Care Centre

Fairview 61
  • Existing program
  • $25 per day fees
  • flexible child care
  • new community partnerships
  • support for 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

Children's Centre Demonstration
Daycare

Grande Prairie 28
  • New program
  • $25 per day fees
  • flexible child care
  • new community partnerships
  • support for 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
Wildflowers Child Care Program Jasper 83
  • Existing program
  • $25 per day fees
  • flexible child care
  • new community partnerships
  • support for 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

Lac La Biche Little
Sprouts Child Care Society

Lac La Biche 81
  • Existing program
  • $25 per day fees
  • flexible child care
  • New community partnerships
  • support for 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
Opokaa’sin Child
Care Program
Lethbridge 53
  • Existing program
  • $25 per day fees
  • flexible child care
  • new community partnerships
  • support for inclusion and diversity for Indigenous, immigrant and refugee children
  • access to parenting resources and supports for families
  • support for vulnerable families

Sugar Plum Tree Daycare

Peace River 96
  • Existing program
  • $25 per day fees
  • support for inclusion and diversity for Indigenous, immigrant and refugee children
  • access to parenting resources and supports for families
  • support for vulnerable
Provost Daycare
Society
Provost 34
  • Existing program
  • $25 per day fees
  • flexible child care
  • new community partnerships
  • support for 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

Westlock
Community Day Care

Westlock 77
  • Existing program
  • $25 per day fees
  • flexible child care
  • new community partnerships
  • support for
  • 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