New three-year funding announced for child care investments

By Lethbridge News Now
April 13, 2018 - 7:38am

EDMONTON — The federal and provincial government have announced a three-year bilateral agreement for early learning and child care investments.

The agreement allocates $136 million for Alberta over the next three years, which will focus on increasing access to quality, affordable, flexible and inclusive child care.

“The development of early learning and child care systems is one of the best investments our government is making to strengthen Canadian families, society and the economy,” said Jean-Yves Duclos, Federal Minister of Families, Children and Social Development in a news release. “Through the agreement signed with the Government of Alberta, we will be able to better support parents, families and communities in their efforts to build high-quality, inclusive and affordable early learning and child care.”

Last year, Alberta launched 22 pilot early learning and childcare centres which had a maximum fee of $25 per day.

With the new funding, up to 78 additional centres will be launched across the province, though information about location was not immediately known.

“Kids in Alberta deserve the best possible start to life, and our government is committed to making early learning and child care, and other life-changing opportunities, more affordable for families,” said Danielle Larivee, Minister of Children’s Services for Alberta. “We are proud to have the support of the Government of Canada to make $25-a-day child care available to even more families in our province, and we look forward to announcing the locations of additional Early Learning and Child Care pilot centres in the very near future.”

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