On January 16th, 2019, Public Interest Alberta held a press conference at Jasper Place Child Care & Family Resource Centre to release the summary of their 2018 Child Care Survey.
In addition to overall conditions in the child care sector, the survey sought to gain insights into the impact of of the Government of Alberta’s Early Learning and Child Care (ELCC) Centres pilot program, also known as the $25-a-day program. The results are clear: the pilot program is a success. While the child care sector continues to face challenges such as long wait lists, the ELCC program significantly reduces those barriers to high-quality child care. Through public funding, the ELCC centres are better equipped to support children with complex needs, and are able to hire and retain better-trained staff.
The continuation and expansion of the ELCC program should be a cornerstone of government priorities for strong public services.
Public Interest Alberta in the News
by Carly Robinson, CityNews
by Regan Hasegawa, CTV News Edmonton
by Dylan Short, Calgary Sun
Public Interest Alberta is pleased to release Priorities for Advancing the Public Interest.Read more
The Alberta government has released its 2018 budget, which includes effective cuts to most areas of public services, as spending fails to keep pace with inflation and population growth.
“The piecemeal cuts to public services in the budget take Alberta in the wrong direction, but the striking thing is what is not in the budget,” said Joel French, Executive Director of Public Interest Alberta. “Absent are many things Albertans need, like improved classroom conditions in schools and addressing the shortage of long-term care beds for seniors.”
EDMONTON - Public Interest Alberta is attending a Government of Alberta consultation regarding the 2018 provincial budget in order to encourage major changes in the province’s approach to revenue and spending.Read more
EDMONTON— Today the Government of Alberta announced the locations of 22 pilot Early Learning and Child Care Centres across the province, creating nearly 1,300 new spaces with a focus on affordability and quality.Read more
EDMONTON—Today Public Interest Alberta, in partnership with the Terra Centre for Teen Parents and Early Childhood Development Support Services, released the results of a province-wide survey of child care operators. The responses highlighted concerns related to accessibility, affordability, and quality of early learning and child care in Alberta.Read more
EDMONTON—Today the Government of Alberta announced funding for up to 18 Early Learning and Child Care Centres, focusing on creating new spaces that are both affordable and high quality.Read more
"Private schools do not need public funding. That could easily have been the title of the Fraser Institute’s recent report on private schools across Canada."Read more
Keep Investing in Alberta's Children - New Report Highlights the Path Forward to Ending Child Poverty
EDMONTON—The Edmonton Social Planning Council, the Alberta College of Social Workers, and Public Interest Alberta released a new report, “The Path Forward: Opportunities to End Child Poverty in Alberta” on the eve of the Alberta government’s 2016 budget.Read more
"The Alberta government’s recent Speech from the Throne began with a focus on women. Delivering the speech on International Women’s Day, the government said it would 'recommit to carrying on this work' for gender equality, while also noting that a new mother now heads the Ministry for the Status of Women. But noticeably absent in the speech was any mention of the government’s promise to increase child care funding."Read more