More Alberta families, including those in and around Whitecourt, can now better afford to send their children to daycare, thanks to a provincial and federal collaboration to expand Alberta’s subsidized childcare program.
At the end of last year, the Alberta government announced it was expanding its $25-a-day Affordable Childcare Pilot Program by adding 100 more daycare facilities around the province.
One of the daycares selected for the $25-a-day program was Whitecourt’s Early Learning and Childcare Centre in the Carlan Centre, helping local families make ends meet.
Daycare Director, Crystal McGeough on the benefits it’s brought to local families.
Whitecourt – Ste. Anne MLA, Oneil Carlier says the program has been a priority for the provincial government for years and they are happy to have it in place to help more families. Carlier paid a visit to Whitecourt’s Early Learning and Childcare Centre on Wednesday to speak with daycare staff and parents.
Crystal McGeough says the aged one to five daycare is the only facility of its kind in Whitecourt besides a few preschools, and the only one with the subsidized daily rate. She says numbers have grown this year with more parents now affording childcare.
The daycare is currently at capacity with 53 children attending and another 51 on the waitlist. McGeough says depending on circumstances, parents can wait an average of six months to a year to get their child into the facility.