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New child-care funding will help recovery, says Children's Services minister

Provincial-federal agreement funding announced to help create more than 40,000 spaces in non-profit child care programs by 2026.
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$50 million is being provided through the Alberta Canada Early Learning and Child Care agreement announced Alberta Minister of Children's Services, Matt Jones.

New provincial-federal funding being made available for non-profit groups interested in creating new child-care spaces will help boost the province’s economic recovery, says Matt Jones, Alberta Minister of Children’s Services.

The $50 million is being provided through the Alberta Canada Early Learning and Child Care agreement.

“This funding will help parents go back to school or work with the knowledge that their kids are safe, happy and learning,” Jones said in a press release issued Thursday.

“We’re working with provincial partners, communities  and child-care operators to create new child-care spaces across the province, especially in rural and remote areas.”

Signed in November 2021, the agreement’s targets include the creation of 42,500 additional spaces in non-profit child-care programs by early 2026.

Alberta has committed to create 10,000 new spaces this year, he said.

Karina Gould is the federal minister of Families, Children and Social Development.

“Every child deserves the best start in life,” said Gould. “Additional licensed child-care spaces will allow more Alberta families and children across the province to access high-quality, affordable, flexible and includes early learning and child care.”

Applications can be made through the province’s Alberta Purchasing Connection website at purchasingconnection.ca.