The Association of Early Childhood Educators of Alberta (AECEA) is asking the Province of Alberta to work with and consult the Early Learning and Child Care (ELCC) sector to address the complex quality, safety and sustainability challenges facing child care programs as they begin to re-open services and reconstruct the province from the COVID-19 lockdown.
In a survey, 70% of child care directors reported that they would not survive the lockdown period and would face permanent closure in one to three months without significant public investment. And a third of all programs said that problems other than fixed costs might also prevent them from continuing to operate even after the COVID-19 crisis ends. With programs now able to reopen with limited children, these programs will continue to be challenged to remain viable without ongoing supply side funding to support this critical sector. A one-time grant of approximately $3,000 per program is insufficient to keep these programs going.