Child Care Services

The Ministry of Human Services is committed to accessible, affordable, quality child care programs for parents.

Choosing child care for your family is a very important decision.  A child requires a safe and healthy environment to support social, physical, intellectual, creative and emotional development.

Calgary and Area Child and Family Services provides parents with information about options for licensed and approved child care programs.  Licensed and approved child care programs are monitored according to government standards and regulations.

Click here for complete child care program information.

Programs for Parents

Licensed Child Care and Approved Family Day Home Programs

The Child Care Look-Up Tool assists parents to find information about licensed child care programs and approved family day home agencies.  Parents are provided with information about program location, ages of children served, maximum number of children served, accreditation status and inspection results.

Licensed child care programs in Alberta are required to post inspection reports in a prominent and visible place on the program premises.  Approved family day home agencies are required to provide parents with the compliance history of licensed program providers.  Parents are also encouraged to speak directly to individual programs for compliance history or inspection results.

The approved family day home program offers child care in a family setting with government standards in place for caregiver - to - child ratio, health, safety and child development.

Supported Child Care Program

The Supported Child Care program provides children with special needs the opportunity to be with their peers in a child care setting by providing additional support to child care facilities.

Licensed or approved child care programs that include a child with special needs can request Supported Child Care program information from Calgary and Area Child and Family Services at (403) 297-8033.

Programs for Child Care Providers

Child care providers can access important information and programs about staff certification and accreditation funding for staff. 

Follow links for more information:

  • Family Day Homes Standards Manual
  • Child Care Licensing Act
  • Child Care Licensing Regulation 
  • Publications
  • Child Care Links