Pre-school daycare centres and family day-homes are licensed and administered by the provincial government. The average cost of daycare services in Calgary varies according to the age of the child, whether the centre is privately or publicly operated, who supplies the food and/or diapers, and whether or not subsidies are available to the parents.
The amount of subsidy available varies according to the family income and the number of preschool aged children involved. You can apply for a subsidy if:
- You or your spouse partner, or the child receiving care are Canadian citizens or permanent residents of
- Canada and live in Alberta;
- You or your spouse/partner are an Alberta resident;
- Your children are twelve years of age or younger and are not yet attending grade seven;
- You and your spouse/partner are currently working, attending school, looking for work, or have special needs;
- You or your spouse/partner stay at home and have your child(ren) enrolled in a licensed pre-school or approved early childhood development program.
Further information can be obtained from the district office of Alberta Child and Family Services or by calling: 1-877-644-9992 or 780-644-9992 from Edmonton.
For children aged six to twelve years, out-of-school care programs are available. These programs, which must meet both provincial and municipal standards, are monitored by the Social Services Department of the municipality concerned. To locate an approved out-of-school program, contact your city or municipal Social Services Department.
Child care expenses are also deductible for income tax purposes up to a maximum allowable deduction, in whole or in part, depending upon the income of the supporting parent.