This Alberta-wide pilot program provides child care for children aged 0 to kindergarten with maximum fees of $25 per day.
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.
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:
affordability of $25/day
improvements to address gaps in the current system
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.
If you have additional questions about Alberta’s new Early Learning and Child Care Centres, please contact ELCC@gov.ab.ca.