Safe Restart Agreement Child Care

With agreements reached through the multilateral early learning and child care framework, Canada`s Safe Restart plan includes an investment of nearly $1.2 billion in 2020-2021 to support child care. “We are pleased that the contributions of Albertans are returning to our province through this agreement with the federal government. This funding will ensure that safe and reliable child care remains available as a critical part of Alberta`s economic recovery. We offer this support to child care and early learning programs throughout the fall, so they can keep their centres safe for children in their care. The Honourable Rebecca Schulz, Alberta Minister of Children`s Services The Canadian government will provide $700 million to support the capacity of health systems to respond to a possible future wave of COVID-19. These investments will help protect public health and safety, prepare for potential future waves of the virus, and continue to support the safe reopening of economies across Canada. This investment under the Safe Restart Agreement will help address key priorities agreed to by Canada`s Prime Ministers for a safe restart of the Canadian economy over the next six to eight months. “Most daycares across the province and kindergartens have opened, but many are still struggling to get through these uncertain times as enrollment remains low across the province,” she said. “We need childcare to support our economic recovery, so that more parents can return to work, knowing that their children are in a safe and healthy environment,” Schulz said. Day care, extracurricular care, family rest centres, group childcare, innovative childcare services and preschool programmes are eligible for funding.

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