By Kenyon Stronski
The Alberta Child Care Grant came into effect on Jan. 1 and pledged to cut child care expenses by 50 per cent upon its inaction with child care dropping to only $10 come 2025.
A grant like this was promised to be game-changing and has lived up to every ounce of its expectations.
Melissa Jenkins, program supervisor at the Taber Child Care Centre, confirmed the government had done just as promised. “Our fees at our centre are lower than bigger city centres. Our fees have been reduced by more than 50 per cent so we have lots of families that are paying close to nothing per month — $10 a day definitely seems feasible and we hope that the government can still keep up with it because it’s been a lifesaver for us. With COVID, we got hit hard with low enrolment and once this came into effect, we now have a waiting list again and we’re at full capacity. There are more parents that can afford to go back to work and afford child care.”
Jenkins said that with the low enrolment, they were almost to the point of having to close their doors, and other centres would have shared the same fate.
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