More support to help relaunch child care sector
Tuesday, September 22nd, 2020
GPRC's daycare will benefit from newly announced funding.
Licensed child care programs will receive $87 million in new funding as part of Alberta’s Recovery Plan and the federal Safe Restart agreement. Child care centres, preschools and approved family day homes play an important role in Alberta’a economic relaunch and will use this funding to continue to keep children and staff safe.
These grants will help operators purchase additional cleaning supplies, safety equipment, and any other upgrades necessary to comply with health guidelines without increasing parent fees. Centres will have to be open after receiving the October payment to receive November’s grant payment. Of the $87 million in total funding, $72 million will come from the federal government’s Safe Restart Funding agreement, $8.2 million from the bilateral agreement and the remaining $6.9 million from Phase 3 of the Child Care Relief program. In May, the province announced the Child Care Relief program, providing $17.8 million to ensure child care centres are ready to safely restart and support families through Alberta’s economic recovery.
Alberta’s Recovery Plan is a bold, ambitious long-term strategy to build, diversify, and create tens of thousands of jobs now. By building schools, roads and other core infrastructure we are benefiting our communities. By diversifying our economy and attracting investment with Canada’s most competitive tax environment, we are putting Alberta on a path for a generation of growth. Alberta came together to save lives by flattening the curve and now we must do the same to save livelihoods, grow and thrive.
Read the full release from the Government of Alberta