Child Care/Preschools


Choosing child care is an important decision. Our schools are safe, healthy environment that supports your child’s needs. In Alberta, the government’s Children and Youth Services department sets the standards for child care. It defines the different options available as follows:

  • Day care programs serve infants, toddlers and pre-school aged children (two and a half to six years of age).
  • Family day homes offer care in a private residence. There are typically six or less children with one caregiver.
  • Group family child care programs offer care in a private residence. There are typically between seven and 10 children with two caregivers.
  • Out-of-school care programs operate before and after school, during lunch hours and sometimes when schools are closed.
  • Pre-schools offer child care for four or less hours a day.


Children and Youth Services also offers subsidies to help lower income parents cover the costs of child care. The subsidies are available for eligible low- and middle-income parents who wish to use a licensed pre-school or child care facility.

To find Calgary day cares, pre-schools, family day homes, out of school care or group family child care, the government has a great child care search tool.

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