Jasper, AB – Wildflowers Childcare is one of 22 childcare centres in the province selected to participate in the Alberta Government’s Early Learning and Childcare Centre pilot project, which reduces childcare fees to $25-per-day, while also increasing the number of available childcare spaces in the centre.
“Wildflowers is thrilled to be a part of this pilot project and to continue offering Jasper families a high-quality early learning environment—now at a reduced cost,” stated Lisa Daniel, manager of childcare services.
Under the Alberta Government’s $10-million Early Learning and Childcare Centre pilot project, Wildflowers will receive a $500,000 operating grant for one year, with the possibility of two more years of funding. The funding will allow Wildflowers to create two new childcare staff positions and 12 new childcare spaces, while reducing fees to $25 per day—a savings of approximately $40 a day. The new fee structure, which will include Wildflowers’ new lunch service, will come into effect on May 1.
“Reducing the cost of services for Jasper residents is one of Council’s strategic priorities, so we are delighted to have been chosen to be a part of this pilot project” stated Jasper Mayor Richard Ireland. “We take great pride in Jasper’s unique human services delivery model, which has Wildflowers working closely with Community Outreach Services to offer quality, relevant programming to preschool children. This support from the Government of Alberta will allow us to make childcare more accessible to Jasper families—a win-win scenario for all involved.”
“The Early Learning and Childcare Centre pilot program will demonstrate what affordable, quality childcare options that prepare children for bright futures could look like for all families. I’m proud that our government is keeping our promise to reduce the burden of childcare costs for parents, and excited to welcome a centre to our community,” said Eric Rosendahl, MLA for West Yellowhead.
Wildflowers was selected to be a part of the pilot project following an expression of interest process that included an in-depth proposal highlighting the centre’s current programming and how the funding will benefit the community. It is one of four centres in the region selected to be a part of the project.
“Our staff has worked hard to create a welcoming and inclusive centre for Jasper’s youngest residents and their families,” stated Daniel. “It’s an honour for Wildflowers to be recognized for its hard work and dedication by being selected as one of the province’s Early Learning and Childcare Centres.”
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For media inquiries, contact:
Lisa Daniel, Childcare Services Manager