In November, 2016 the NDP in Alberta announced a $10-million pilot program offering $25-per-day daycare. The pilot is scheduled for evaluation after 3 years, with the overall goal of expanding the pilot across the province.
Originally the pilot was to include 18 centres, but that was later expanded to 22 and has recently been expanded to 122 centres in total because of the high demand. Centres selected for the pilot project are spread across rural and urban areas and include locations such as hospitals and public buildings.
The additional expansion of the pilot program is being funded through an agreement with the Federal Government. The provincial government estimates this pilot program will create over 7,376 licensed child care spaces in total. This expansion will also create a number of jobs for early childhood educators as well as providing support for ongoing staff development in addition to providing a model curriculum for each centre to ensure high quality.
Further, this pilot is also addressing child care for parents who work shifts or part-time.