New Child Care Information Bank Created for Parents

May 14, 2014

Parents looking for quality child care in Strathcona County will soon be able to access Strathcona County’s new Child Care Information Bank.

Administered by Strathcona County Family and Community Services, the Child Care Information Bank will go live in mid-June to provide parents with information on how to choose safe, quality child care placement for their child, as well as a listing of local child care providers. This is the first Child Care Information Bank in the province to include both licensed and unlicensed care.

Beginning now, child care providers located in Strathcona County can voluntarily sign-up to be listed in the Child Care Information Bank by completing a police record/vulnerability sector check. Child care providers will also be encouraged to complete first aid training.

There are several types of child care options available, with varying degrees of requirements, for example: licensed daycare, approved family day home, out of school care and unlicensed care.

“Parents know that quality child care is more than just babysitting,” says Mayor Roxanne Carr. “As a County, we want to ensure that parents are properly equipped to know what questions to ask when looking for quality child care. Once live, the Child Care Information Bank will prove to be a helpful resource for families.”

As part of the overall Choosing Child Care education and awareness campaign, parents can now access the Guide to Choosing Quality Child Care, which is available online or by calling Family and Community Services. This guide provides parents with information on how to choose a safe, quality child care placement for their child.

For more information about child care, families of preschool children between the ages of 0 – 5 years old are invited to attend a family festival celebrating the important First 2000 Days of every child’s life on May 31 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. The free festival, held in the Community Centre’s Agora, features information about choosing quality child care as well as informative displays, games, mascots and more.

Further information about the Child Care Information Bank, the Guide to Choosing Quality Child Care or the First 2000 Days family festival is available online or by calling 780-464-4044.

Set in the centre of Alberta’s energy and agricultural heartland, Strathcona County is a thriving, successful and vibrant community of more than 92,000 residents. Strathcona County is made up of the urban area of Sherwood Park and a large adjacent rural area of farms, acreages and smaller hamlets. It is home to 75 per cent of refining in Western Canada. With a focus on economic, governance, social, cultural and environmental sustainability, Strathcona County is committed to balancing the unique needs of its diverse community.

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Mayor Roxanne Carr, 780-464-8000
Lori Prediger, Family and Community Services, 780-464-8454