Finding child care that meets your family’s needs is important. Quality child care programs are welcoming and safe spaces that support the development, health, and well-being of your child.  

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Finding child care 

Use the online Child Care Lookup Tool to find licensed child care options in your area.

Ask questions or report concerns

The Child Care Connect line is a toll-free phone service. Call 1-844-644-5165 to find child care, ask questions or report concerns. 

Help with cost

Parents and caregivers can apply for Child Care Subsidy  for children up to and including grade 6. Eligibility depends on the family’s income. Learn more about subsidy types and rates

Families can also benefit from Affordability grants . These grants are given directly to child care operators. Families do not need to apply. Learn more about  affordability grants under the "Parent information" section. 

Types of care

Learn about the different types of child care available. Understand the differences between licensed, unlicensed, facility based, and home-based options. Check out this guide for caregivers to help you know what to look for and ask, when choosing child care. 

Temporary care

Some families may be eligible for respite child care. Respite care is a temporary, short-term arrangement for families without access to other types of care or community support. 

For more information, call 780-464-4044 or email 

Contact us

Family and Community Services
Second floor, East Wing Community Centre
401 Festival Lane
Sherwood Park, AB T8A 5P7
Phone: 780-464-4044
Fax: 780-449-1220

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Last updated: Thursday, June 15, 2023
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