First ever licensed on-reserve daycare opens in Alberta




Alberta Children's Service's Minister Danielle Larivee at at Kapawe’no First Nation childcare centre on Sept. 15, 2017. It is the province's first licensed childcare centre located on a reserve.

The first provincially licensed on-reserve child care centre in Alberta opened in Kapawe’no First Nation northeast of High Prairie last week,what is called an “exciting step forward” in government efforts to make child care more affordable and accessible.

The licensing process took about a year and enables families to have access to subsidies which helps lessen the financial burden of accessing childcare.

Child care centres on-reserve are not licensed. However, under an agreement between Alberta and the federal government, on-reserve child care centres are eligible for federal government funding equivalent to parent subsidies if provincial licensing standards are met.