However, the $25 pilot child care programs, supported by a previous federal-federal funding agreement, will come to an end. Programs for approximately 1,300 children will be completed next week and funding for an additional 6,000 children will end on March 31, 2021. From 1 April 2020, all day care, after-school care, group family childcare and recognised family home agencies will be able to apply for funding to support the recruitment, commitment and professional development of their staff. After applying for a grant, programs receive a written notification confirming their eligibility. Once a program has been confirmed as eligible, a grant agreement is made available to the authorized program representative for review and signature. Funding is considered approved for a program only when the grant agreement has been signed by both parties. Currently, a single parent of a 19-month-old child in Class 1 would receive a maximum monthly grant of US$546 for a licensed child care space. Under the new program, parents earning $50,000 or less will receive a grant of $644 per month. Subsidies for young and school-aged children are also increasing. „If I work, I`ll pay more,“ MacFarlane said.
„I`m going to buy gas. I`ll pay taxes. If I am at home, I will collect VOOs or other grants that I receive to feed my children, and I will not return them in that regard. I think the $25 day daycare helps the economy as a whole. According to Staci Wilson, president of the School Age Care Directors Association of Alberta, it would also be helpful to remove the requirement for children to attend a minimum number of hours in order to qualify for the full grant. Anita Turna, president of the Alberta Association of Child Care Operators, said the grant is not as high as she would like, but it is a step in the right direction. After the grant agreement is signed by both parties, programs must apply online after each month in order to obtain salary enhancement funds and all payments for professional development. For more information about the online claims system, please visit the Online Child Care Request System page. To obtain professional development support, you must submit a promotion form for professional development (PDF, 119 KB). Each year, the Alberta government reviews a sample of child care programs that have received funding.
The most important points identified by the audit team for the 2018/2019 financial year are: on 1 August a new system will begin in which parents and legal guardians of 28,000 children will be entitled to higher subsidies, Schulz said. That`s about a quarter of children enrolled in pre-pandemic programs. Association with Alberta`s Child Care Funding Program: Schulz said the funding will help improve the accessibility and accessibility of child care at a time when Alberta`s unemployment rate reached 15.5 per cent in June. Schulz`s chief of staff, Brock Harrison, said in an email that no currently eligible family will lose them. Families of 100 children earning more than the new threshold will be included in the new program.