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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.

Services and information

Find child care centres offering daycare for children 0 to kindergarten with maximum fees of $25 per day.

COVID-19 update

Licensed daycare, out-of-school and preschool programs can operate as long as providers follow all public health orders and guidance for child care programs.

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 support children and families by focusing on improvements to address gaps in the current system. Some centres may offer flexible child care for parents who work part-time or shifts that are outside typical daycare hours (7 am to 6 pm) or offering care in accessible settings such as co-locating with other public buildings.

All ELCC Centres provide supports for children with diverse needs and implement an early learning child care curriculum.

Funding for the 22 provincially funded pilot centres will conclude on July 31, 2020, which provided a 4-month extension for programs to have sufficient time to transition. Funding for the 100 federally funded pilot centres launched in 2018 (under a bilateral agreement signed in 2017) will conclude on March 31, 2021.

The Government of Alberta has renegotiated the terms of the bilateral agreement to change how these investments are distributed so that more families can benefit. To learn more, visit Changes to Alberta's child care system.

Enrolling a child

Space in ELCC Centres is limited. To inquire about enrolling your child in an ELCC Centre, contact the child care program directly.

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

Current locations

A map, full list and regional breakdown showing all the ELCC Centre locations are available which includes program names, addresses, contact information and regional licensing contacts.

Child care programs from across Alberta were invited to apply to become an ELCC Centre through an Expression of Interest process. 160 applications were received and reviewed by regional selection committees. The applications were evaluated and assessed based on their proposal for access, affordability, quality and improvements.

Not-for-profit organizations, those interested in becoming not-for-profit, or those in the process of becoming licensed were able to apply.

Child care subsidy

Eligibility for child care subsidy at an ELCC Centre is the same as it is at any licensed or approved child care program. The subsidy program remains in place for eligible parents whose children are not enrolled in an ELCC Centre.

Some families may also qualify for the Alberta Child and Family Benefit.

Funding for ELCC Centres

In December 2017, the Alberta government signed a bilateral agreement with the federal government that will provide just over $136 million over 3 years to support the expansion of the ELCC Centre pilot. The Government of Alberta has renegotiated the terms of the bilateral agreement to change how these investments are distributed so that more families can benefit. To learn more, visit Changes to Alberta's child care system.

Evaluation

A report and summary of the results of the evaluation are now available.

Contact

If you have additional questions about ELCC Centres, contact:
Email: [email protected]