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Improving access to quality, affordable child care

In the first step toward $25-per-day child care in Alberta, the government is inviting non-profit organizations to apply to develop 18 new Early Learning and Child Care Centres across the province. 

Premier Notley, Minister Irfan Sabir and Minister Stephanie McLean at the Future Ready announcement regarding access to child care.

This $10-million investment will create an estimated 1,000 new child-care spaces and up to 230 new child-care jobs.

With a focus on capping fees at $25 a day, this initiative will address gaps in the existing child-care system, including:

  • flexible child-care options for parents doing shift work
  • accessible locations, such as hospitals and other public buildings
  • supports for children with diverse needs.

Each new child-care centre will receive up to $500,000 in operating funding in the first year, with the opportunity to receive two more years of funding. The locations of new child-care centres, targeted to where demand is greatest, will be announced early in 2017.

“Our government is keeping its promise to make child care more accessible for Alberta families. Investing in quality child care will make life more affordable for parents and prepare our children for success.”

Rachel Notley, Premier

“We know the cost of quality child care is a challenge for many families. As a government, it is up to us to support parents and make sure children have opportunities for bright futures. I am proud that our government is creating new child-care spaces across the province.”

Irfan Sabir, Minister of Human Services

“Improving access to child care will support more women to remain in or enter the workforce. Today’s investment will improve the lives of women and move us one step closer to equality in Alberta.”

Stephanie McLean, Minister of Status of Women

“We are excited to see our government invest in high-quality and inclusive child care. A focus on quality values the profession of early learning and care and the need to respond to the diversity of Alberta's children. It is an investment in a strong start for children and families.”

Barb Reid, co-chair of the Alberta Leaders Caucus on Early Learning and Child Care and Executive Director of GRIT Program (Getting Ready for Inclusion Today)

The deadline to apply to become an Early Learning and Child Care Centre is Jan. 20, 2017.


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