Stay at Home Parents Subsidy Program

This program helps eligible families offset the cost of their preschool child attending nursery school or an approved early childhood development program.

Eligible stay at home parents may qualify for a new subsidy of up to $1200 per year, for each preschool age child who is participating in an approved early childhood development program.

Approved early childhood development programs refer to community-based services, including licensed nursery schools that provide opportunities for pre-school children - either on their own, or with a parent - to participate in activities that promote healthy child development.

Approved programs
  • Programs that promote parent and child literacy (eg. Books for Babies) Play-based early childhood programs (eg. licensed nursery schools, moms and tots programs)
  • Educational programs that help parents meet their child's learning and development needs (eg. Positive Parenting, Nobody's Perfect)
  • Community-based recreational programs (eg. Swim and Learn, Baby Steps)
  • Drop-in centres
List of Approved ECD Programs

Ineligible programs
  • Day Care Centres
  • Child care where parents remain on site (eg bingo halls, exercise facilities, etc)
  • Services that currently provide cost-free programs (eg. Parent Link Centres)
  • You and your spouse or live-in partner are Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents of Canada.
  • You live in Alberta.
  • One parent must be staying at home and not working or attending school for more than 20 hours per week.
  • Your children attending the program are ages 0-7 & not yet attending Grade 1.
  • If you plan to have your child attend a licensed preschool program or an approved early childhood development program, you must secure a placement before your application can be processed.
  • Family's combined gross monthly income and family structure qualify (see the Estimator tool).
  • The preschool children are registered in an approved early childhood development program.
How to Apply

Apply on-line OR print application form, complete and submit to:

Calgary and Area Child and Family Services Authority
Stay at Home Parents Subsidy Program
#300 - 1240 Kensington Road NW CALGARY AB T2N 3P7
(403) 297-6100