Alberta invests $242 million in child care

Additional funding recognizes unique circumstances in Fort McMurray
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|hrreporter.com|Last Updated: 06/03/2008

Alberta's new child-care plan will increase the availability of child care, help child-care operators recruit and retain staff and help low- and middle-income parents with the cost of child care. The provincial plan also targets additional resources for child care in Fort McMurray.

The government will invest $242 million over three years to support the creation of 14,000 new child care spaces in a variety of settings and fund a new subsidy for low- and middle-income families with children in Grades 1 to 6, effective Sept. 1.

“Parents are an essential part of our workforce, and they need more child care choices to help ensure their children get a good start in life,” said Minister of Children and Youth Services Janis Tarchuk. “We are providing our partners, including employers, municipalities, school jurisdictions and the child-care sector, with a range of tools to help address their communities’ child care needs.”