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    Child Care by the Numbers: Alberta

    The federal government intends to implement a national universal child-care program that will require the provinces to exchange autonomy for funding directed toward a one-size-fits-all system. A national universal child-care program is structurally opposed to equity for all families, because it limits funding based on the type of care families use. There are better options.

    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.

    January 28, 2021
    Topics: Family, Daycare, Children

    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

    Alberta should take a neutral, evidence-based approach and respect the diversity of care that parents use.