Child care is the care of a child, no matter who provides that care. Families have diverse care needs and rely on a variety of forms of care to meet those needs. Public policy best serves families when it offers flexibility and choice. Child-care policies should be equitable for all families, regardless of the type of care they choose. Universal child-care systems fail to recognize the diverse care needs of Alberta parents and their reasons for the type of care they choose.
- Of Alberta children under age six, about 46 percent are in parental care only.1
- The majority of Alberta children under age six will receive no benefit from funds designated for centre-based spaces.
- Of parents in Alberta who use non-parental child care, about 64 percent report that they have no problem finding the care.2
- Of all Alberta children under age six (those in non-parental child care and those who are not), about 27 percent are in centre-based care or preschool.3