ECELC - Headed Up, But Still Behind: Child Care Coverage Rates in Alberta’s Top Ten Largest Cities, 2016 – 2021


Child care coverage rates are an important way to measure the availability of child care, with higher rates generally meaning child care is more available. Coverage rates have increased in every one of Alberta’s ten largest cities in recent years, but the increases have been uneven, and all cities remain well below international targets. In this brief, Rob Buschmann analyzes trends in coverage rates and suggests several actions that both municipalities and the Government of Alberta can take to increase the availability of child care in their jurisdictions. These actions are particularly important in light of the new Canada-Alberta Canada-Wide Early Learning and Child Care Agreement.

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