On November 15, 2021, Alberta signed the Federal-Provincial Child Care Agreement. It was truly an historic day for Early Learning and Child Care in Alberta.
Made-in-Alberta child care deal
-Child care fees have decreased starting in January, 2022 with a combination of operating allowances and increased child care subsidy supports to families. The plan is to get the cost of child care to an average of $10/day by 2025-2026.
-Licensed family dayhomes will get a new affordability grant. With this funding in place, all parents of children zero to Kindergarten age can expect to save between $300 and $350 off the regular, pre-subsidy fee per child per month. The grant will come straight to the dayhome agency, so families do not need to apply to benefit from reduced fees.
-Part time licensed child care (50-100 hours per month) can expect to save between $150 and $317.50 per month (off the regular, pre-subsidy fee), depending on your child's age. Parents needing overnight care can expect to save between $450 and $953 off the regular, pre-subsidy fee per child per month.
-See the Affordability Rate Chart
Frequently asked questions
1) Is my child care included in this plan? How do I know?
All licensed child care centers such as Child Development Dayhomes are included in this plan. Unlicensed spaces are not included.
2) Do parents need to apply to receive these savings?
No, operating grants are going directly to the program to lower your fees. Parents do not need to apply. However, if your child is not yet in Kindergarten and your family income is under $180,000 a year, you can apply for subsidy to lower your fees even more, starting in mid January, 2022. You can do this from any device, online at https://www.alberta.ca/child-care-subsidy.aspx. If you are a parent that is already on subsidy, you don't need to re-apply.
3) Are subsidies going down?
Parents will not see less support than they do right now. Every parent will pay less than they do currently. On average, parents will pay between $10-$25 a day in the first two years of this plan. Before, subsidy was the main way to lower fees, now the government is giving grants to educators that will lower fees across the board. Families who earn less than $180,000 a year will be eligible for an additional subsidy to further reduce their child care costs.
More information can be found here: https://www.alberta.ca/federal-provincial-child-care-agreement.aspx