Grande Prairie, Fairview and Peace River will see some of the $10,000,000 from the provincial government’s universal child care pilot project.
22 other centers across Alberta will get to try out $25 a day child care.
MLA Marg McCuaig-Boyd says there’s three years worth of grants to support the pilot and she is looking forward to seeing how it pans out.
“I’m really pleased because it is an opportunity as a pilot to find out what could work in a rural situation. In our small town, we do have a college here, a college campus… so it’s going to be good to see how we can make day care way more affordable for students, as well as young parents.”
She says, it could help keep young parents in the community.
“The other thing I like about these pilots is, young people move to rural areas for different reasons…good schools, but I think affordable day care is going to be another reason and we certainly need to keep our young people in the region.”
The Child’s World Day care Centre in Fairview is funded for 61 spaces, while the Sugar Plum Tree Day care in Peace River is being funded for 96 spots. The GPRC’s Children’s Centre Demonstration Preschool in Grande Prairie will be funded to offer 25 dollars a day child care.