The Province of Alberta is expanding eligibility for selected licensed child care centres to offer child care for all essential service workers. Along with previously eligible front-line health-care workers, critical infrastructure workers and first responders, child care is now available to anyone who works in the critical areas outlined as essential by government. The centres will be limited to 30 people, including staff, and will have to adhere to strict sanitization practices based on specific instructions. Parents who qualify for subsidy will receive it and centres will charge their typical rate, within reason. Parents who are eligible should only access this child care if it is the only way they will be able to go to their work in a core service sector. As this process involves uncertainty for child care programs, child care centres will be financially compensated for reopened spaces that are not filled.They will also receive up to $500 for the purchase of cleaning supplies. All other licensed child care centres are to remain closed. Approved family day homes may remain open but limited to six children, not including the operators’ own children.
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