The governments of Canada and Saskatchewan have announced that $10-a-day child care will be available in the province starting April 1.
“The Government of Saskatchewan is committed to investing in affordable, inclusive, high-quality child care that gives children a healthy start in life while giving parents the flexibility and choice to build both a family and a career,” said Education Minister Dustin Duncan. .
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The province says parents who have children under the age of six attending full-time regulated child care will pay $217.50 per month.
He added that families will save an average of $395 to $573 per month compared to current fees.
“Today is a major achievement for families in Saskatchewan,” said Karina Gould, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development.
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“By working together, Canada and Saskatchewan achieved their shared goal of affordable child care three years ahead of schedule. We continue to focus on achieving other important goals through the pan-Canadian system, such as creating spaces and supporting early childhood educators, to ensure that every family has access to services high quality, affordable, flexible and inclusive child care.
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This agreement comes with nearly $1.1 billion in federal funding over five years for regulated early learning and child care programs and services.
At the end of 2022, there were a total of 19,790 regulated child care spaces in 144 communities across Saskatchewan.
The province will also provide funding for free training and education to attract more early childhood educators, up to $5 per hour wage increases and grants for regulated facilities.
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