Eligible stay-at-home parents may qualify for a new subsidy of up to $100 per month, for each preschool age child who is participating in an approved early childhood development program. This means that most of your monthly fees could be reimbursed on a monthly basis if you qualify for this subsidy!
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.
A Parent Information Line has been established to provide Albertans with toll-free access to early childhood development and child care information and resources. Toll-free: 1-866-714-KIDS (5437) | Edmonton and area: 644-1366
NOTE: The allowable combined family income for this subsidy is different depending on number of children in the household & other factors, don’t automatically assume you can’t qualify. Our best advice is to apply – the worst that can happen is that your application is turned down. (see the Estimator Tool ) (you will be taken off our site – hit the Back button to return here)
- Programs that promote parent and child literacy (e.g., Books for Babies)
- Play-based early childhood programs (e.g., licensed nursery schools and moms and tots programs)
- Educational programs that help parents meet their child’s learning and developmental needs (e.g., Positive Parenting, Nobody’s Perfect)
- Community-based recreational programs (e.g., Swim and Learn, Baby Steps)
- Drop-in centres
- Day care centres
- Child care where parents remain on site (e.g., bingo halls, exercise facilities, etc)
- Services that currently provide cost-free programs (e.g., Parent Link Centres)
- at least one parent stays at home to care for preschool age children and does not work or go to school for more than 20 hours per week;
- the family’s combined gross monthly income and family structure qualify (see the Estimator Tool ) (you will be taken off our site – hit the Back button to return here)
- children are of preschool age (six years and under) and not yet attending Grade 1;
- the preschool children are registered in an approved early childhood development program; and
- funding is not being provided through the child care subsidy or kin child care funding programs.
WEPS Payment Process:
- A parent must apply and qualify for the Stay-at-Home Subsidy Program. Subsidy application forms are available online or by calling the Child and Family Services Authority Child Care Subsidy Office.
- Parents provides all payments to WEPS as per the typical process.
- Once WEPS recieves the subsidy reimbursement from the Government, you are issued a check reimbursing you for the subsidy amount.
Tax Benefit- Child Care Expense Deduction
You can claim payments for child care expenses made to:
- caregivers providing child care services;
- day nursery schools and daycare centres;
- educational institutions, for the part of the fees that relate to child care services;
- day camps and day sports schools where the primary goal of the camp is to care for children (an institution offering a sports study program is not a sports school); or
- boarding schools, overnight sports schools, or camps where lodging is involved.
Talk to a tax professional or visit the CRA website for further details!