Child care

Child Care Information

Choosing quality child care 

Quality child care promotes the unique physical, social, cognitive, creative and emotional needs of the children in care. In a quality child care program, each child feels safe, nurtured, and valued.  Children have opportunities to build friendships with peers, explore their ideas, and learn about their world in an environment that promotes their overall health and well-being.  

In a quality child care program, early childhood educators acknowledge that children are capable mighty learners. Educators and children can form positive respectful relationships that nurture each child’s sense of belonging and security. Quality child care programs ensure that each family’s culture, traditions, values and goals for their child are respected and supported through communication and collaboration.   

For more information read the Choosing Child Care in Alberta guide

Types of child care

Licensed child care programs are monitored and inspected to ensure that they follow government standards set out in the Early Learning and Child Care Act, Early Learning and Child Care Regulation, and Alberta Family Day Home Standards . Licensed child care is delivered in facility based child care programs including, preschools, day cares, and out of school care centres, as well as licensed family day home programs.

Unlicensed or private child care providers are not monitored by the Alberta government or licensed agencies.  Examples of unlicensed or private child care includes nannies, private day homes, and informal arrangements with friends, neighbours, or family.

Finding child care 

To search for licensed child care options in your area you can use the provincial Child Care Lookup. You can also call the provincial Child Care Connect line at 1-844-644-5165 for help finding child care.

Child care subsidy

Child care subsidy is available for eligible low and middle-income parents to assist with child care costs for children birth to grade six through the Alberta Government. More information on eligibility and subsidy amounts can be found through the following link. Alberta Child Care Subsidy 

If you have questions about accessing child care subsidy you can contact Strathcona County Family Day Homes at 780-464-8442.

Child care respite 

Child care respite is a community support service that provides temporary child care to families who are currently addressing significant challenges. Child care respite may be provided to families with children age birth to twelve years of age who could not otherwise access child care support through family, friends, or community. 

A referral for child care respite is used to determine suitability of the program based on each family's unique situation. For more information or to determine eligibility, you can contact Strathcona County Family Day Homes at 780-464-8442.

Child care concerns

If you have concerns about your care provider or one in your community, you can call Child Care Connect 1-844-644-5165. Early learning and Child Care staff will help you report concerns, complaints or incidents related to the health and safety or well-being of children in any child care setting.  

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: Tuesday, November 30, 2021
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