Early Childhood Grants in Calgary

We’re here to help you access available grants.

Did you know there are subsidies available to help offset the costs of childcare, helping to make early childhood education affordable? Even if you haven’t qualified in the past, enough has changed that you may now.

You may be eligible if living in Alberta.
Apply for childcare subsidies if you have a child enrolled in:

  • licensed daycare centres
  • licensed group family childcare
  • approved family day homes
  • licensed out-of-school care centres

Subsidy rates vary by program type and the age of child attending childcare.

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In Alberta, two subsidies are available:

Childcare Subsidy

The Childcare Subsidy assists eligible families with children 0 to 12 years of age (and not yet in Grade 7) to pay childcare costs for children enrolled in:

• an approved family day home
• a licensed day care program
• licensed out-of-school care program
• licensed group family childcare program

Extended Hours Subsidy

The Extended Hours Subsidy assists families with a valid reason for childcare outside the regular hours of 6am to 6pm, or on weekends, to receive in addition to the Childcare Subsidy—an extra $100 per month per child.

The licensed or approved program must be approved to offer extended hours of care. The child must require 4 or more hours of extended hours of care in a month for the family to receive the additional $100.

Important Childcare Subsidy Changes

Subsidy rate increases – Effective August 1, 2020

Effective August 1, 2020, the maximum childcare subsidy rates have increased. Additionally, the model for calculating a child’s approved subsidy amount has simplified.

A child’s subsidy rate is now exclusively determined by total family income, the age of the child, the type of program that the child goes to, and the amount of hours the child attends in a month.

Review the eligibility section of this page for more information on how to qualify for subsidy and how to calculate your total family income. Additionally, find out if you are an individual who is temporarily not required to file a Canadian tax return to qualify, and what to do in the event of a recent reduction in income.

This table reflects the increased subsidy amounts based on income, child’s age, and program type. Rates reflect attendance of 100+ hours for infants/pre-schoolers and 50+ hours for school age children.

Infant (18 mos. and under)
Preschooler (19 mos. up to grade 1)
School Age (grade 1 to grade 6)
$0 to $49,999
$50,000 to $54,999
$55,000 to $59,999
$60,000 to $64,999
$65,000 to $69,999
$70,000 to $74,999

Do you and your child qualify for a scholarship and subsidized childcare?

You can apply for childcare subsidy if:

  • You and/or your spouse/partner, or the child receiving care are Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada
  • You or your spouse/partner are an Alberta resident
  • You and your spouse/partner are currently working, attending school, looking for work, have special needs or your child has a special need
  • Your children are 12 years of age or younger and are not yet attending Grade 7
  • Your children have a secured spot in a licensed daycare or out of school care facility, or an approved family day home or group family child care program
  • Your total family income is less than $75,000 per year
    • Income eligibility is determined by combining you and your spouse/partner’s income tax information from your most recent Notice of Assessment, issued by Canada Revenue Agency
    • Income is based on Line 15000 (gross income) subtracted by any amounts that are reported on Line 32000 (education related tax deductions), as well as Lines 33099 and 33199 (medical related tax deductions)
    • In the event of a recent loss of income, or if you and your spouse/partner were not required to file a Canadian tax return, you can request to be evaluated on current income/deduction estimates using by contacting 780-644-9992 (in Edmonton).

Our Core Education & Fine Arts Private Schools are a ‘Licensed Child Care Facility’.

Licensed childcare facilities are monitored and regularly inspected by regional health authorities. They must meet specific requirements for health and safety, staffing qualifications, record keeping, space and equipment, child-to-staff ratios, and programming.

At Core Education & Fine Arts, we help children gain the success and confidence they need to go into kindergarten. CEFA Early Learning Private School was established in 1998 and is Canada’s oldest and independent leading private school for children ages one to five.

Our proprietary, award winning curriculum is based on the latest research in child & brain development academically, socially and physically. When you get your provincial early childhood education subsidy, give your child the best gift and enroll with CEFA.

Estimate Your Subsidy

The amount of funding available to families is based on these factors.

You can use an online subsidy estimator (click button below) to find out the approximate amount of your subsidy. The estimator tool reflects the new subsidy rates that are effective August 1, 2020.

The estimator calculates potential subsidy for families who require full-time childcare (100+ hours per month). Note, the information you provide in the estimator is not shared or saved.

About the Application Approval Process

You can now apply online using a computer, tablet, or mobile phone through the Child Care Subsidy Application. The process can seem daunting, but we’re here to help guide you through it. We’ve summarized the process to help prepare you.

Note: All applicants need to have selected a childcare provider in the application process and will need to fill out a childcare arrangement form with this info. Register with CEFA at the same time when you’re applying for the subsidy.

If approved for a subsidy, you will receive a letter indicating the subsidy start and end date and the amount your childcare program will receive on your behalf.
If you did not submit all of your supporting documentation when you applied, you will be given a 2-month conditional approval period to submit them. Once all necessary documents are received and approved, the subsidy may be granted for a maximum period of 12 months. You will be responsible for returning any funds paid if all documentation is not submitted within the time period specified.
If your application is not approved, you will receive a letter stating the reasons why the subsidy application was not approved. You can request a review of a subsidy decision by submitting a review request form within 30 days from the date of the decision.
In order to continue to receive your subsidy, you must renew it before it expires. You can renew your subsidy as early as the first day of the month in which your subsidy ends. For example, if your subsidy expires August 31, you can renew your subsidy as early as August 1. A change in personal information may impact your subsidy. Make sure you communicate changes.

A change in personal information may impact your subsidy. Make sure you communicate changes. All applicants are encouraged to apply online as a paper application can take much longer to process. However, childcare subsidy applicants can still apply using the paper form.

We are here to help you.

Even during a pandemic, the BC and Alberta provincial governments have recognized the importance of early childhood education and are investing in the future of the children of both provinces. A child’s first years have a profound impact on the rest of their lives.

Early childhood education helps the development of a child’s social, emotional, cognitive and physical needs in order to build a solid and broad foundation for lifelong learning and wellbeing. Learn more about The Importance of Early Childhood Education here as well as our latest COVID safety protocols.

How To Apply:

Online: It takes approx. 10 business days to process electronic applications.

Mail or Fax: It takes approx. 3 weeks or longer if not all supporting documents are

Don’t miss out! Let us help. Contact CEFA today and one of our Early Childhood Learning Specialists will guide you through the process. It’s free to call or email.

Let us know if you have any questions or inquiries of provincial government subsidies.