Early Learning and Child Care Centres

This Alberta-wide pilot program provides child care for children aged 0 to 6 years with maximum fees of $25 per day.

Overview

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.

Eligibility

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.

Cost

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.

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
Banff Child Care
Centre
Banff 40
  • New program
  • $25 per day fees
  • flexible child care
  • new community partnerships
  • 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

EvenStart Early Childhood
Development 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

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

Africa Centre
Childcare and Early Learning Program

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

Grande Prairie
 Children’s  Demonstration
Preschool

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

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:

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

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

Contact

If you have additional questions about Alberta’s new Early Learning and Child Care Centres, please contact:

ELCC@gov.ab.ca