Wednesday, June 22, 2022

More Alberta families will get access to child care subsidies this fall

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CALGARY, AB – Child care subsidies are being made available to even more Alberta families.

The UCP government outlined details Monday on the allocation of child care funding under an updated provincial-federal agreement.

Alberta Children’s Minister, Rebecca Schultz says the province is directing $45 million in order to help even more families.

“We’re increasing subsidy availability to families with household incomes of up to $90,000. This is up from $75,000 right now so that more parents are supported as they get back to work or school and ultimately drive our economic recovery,” said Schultz.

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Parent choice will also be key. Schultz says some of this federal funding, $4.25 million is being put toward supporting families with kids going to licenced pre-schools as well. On top of that, the Alberta government is directing $4 million to top up the wages for early childhood educators in pre-school.

Schultz says these investments are targeted, based on what the government has heard from Albertans.

Child Care Funding Allocation:

  • Starting Sept. 1, families earning a household income of up to $90,000 will be eligible to receive child care subsidy. Prior to this change, the eligibility threshold was up to $75,000.
    • Parents eligible for subsidy under the new changes can check if they’re eligible and apply for subsidy online starting Aug. 16.
  • Families who are seeking subsidy for licensed preschool programs must meet the same child care eligibility criteria as daycare and out-of-school care, and can apply through the current system.
    • The subsidy will be $125 per month for all eligible families with children enrolled in a licensed preschool program.
    • The average preschool fee in Alberta was $190 per month in March 2020.
  • Preschool wage top-ups will support up to 1,300 certified early childhood educators working in licensed preschools. More information will be provided to preschool program operators in the coming days.
  • This announcement builds on the increased support for parents that use out-of-school care. Effective July 1, subsidy rates have increased for eligible school-aged children enrolled in out-of-school care programs, for the months of July and August.
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