Preschool Availability for 2023-24
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Child Care Subsidy and Affordability Grants
Child Care Subsidy
What is the Preschool Subsidy?
Families with an annual income of less than $180,000 with children enrolled in a licensed preschool program can apply for a subsidy of up to $125 per month. Families can only receive one subsidy type. Families who have children enrolled in any other licensed program will receive the subsidy type with the highest subsidy rate. Families must meet the child care subsidy eligibility requirements to qualify.
How to apply
Review your eligibility and apply online for the fastest processing times using a computer, tablet, or mobile phone through the Child Care Subsidy Application. During your application, you will need to submit the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) Consent Applicant Declaration and Acknowledgement form. If you have completed this form in the past, it is not necessary to fill it out again.
Each subsidy starts at the beginning of the month your completed application is received.
Connect with the Alberta Supports Contact Centre for general inquiries about child care subsidies:
Hours: 7:30 am to 8 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
Phone: 780-644-9992 (in Edmonton)
Toll free: 1-877-644-9992
Send your completed forms, supporting documents and any inquiries to the provincial subsidy office:
Child Care Subsidy
PO Box 1641, Station M
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 2N9
What is the Affordability Grant?
The Affordability Grant is an agreement with the federal government that will support the expansion of accessible, affordable and high-quality child care that gives families the choice they need.
Do families need to apply for the Affordability Grant?
Affordability grants are provided directly to child care operators so they can lower parent fees for all families in their program. Funding is provided for each child based on age range and type of care. Preschool programs have a set rate of $75 per month per child. Parents do not need to apply to benefit from this fee reduction. All families are eligible.
What do families need to pay for Preschool fees?
Preschool fees will vary from site to site because of hours of operation and enrolment numbers. For example, if the monthly fee is $100 per month, the Affordability Grant would be subtracted ($75) and parents would be responsible for the $25 per month fee.
For more information, contact Child Care Connect at 1‑844‑644-5165 (toll free) or reach out to your local Children's Services office.