Open Data

Child Care Information


This data set contains information on child care programs in Alberta. Data available includes the following: - Type of Program: child care programs in Alberta are either licensed under the Child Care Licensing Act (and include day care programs, preschool programs, group family child care programs, and out-of-school care programs) or approved by the Child and Family Services Region (approved family day home). - Program Name/Address/Postal Code: The name, address and postal code of the child care program recorded in the Ministry’s Child Care Information System. - Capacity: indicates the maximum number of licensed/approved spaces a program is approved. - Accreditation Status: Indicates whether the child care program is Accredited (Y) or not Accredited (N). - Inspection Date: Indicates the date, within the last 18 months, that an inspection was completed by a Child and Family Services licensing officer or contract manager. - Inspection Reason: indicates the type of inspection visit. Licensing Officers visit child care programs for a number of reasons including scheduled inspections and complaint investigations. - Non-Compliance: identifies the non-compliance to the Child Care Licensing Regulation that was issued to a licensed child care program during an inspection. Non-compliances issued to a family day home agency reflect Agency non-compliances as well as family day home provider non-compliances, identified during the Region’s review of 10% of the agency’s providers. - Regulation – Schedule – Type: specifies the section of the Child Care Licensing Regulation or Family Day Home Standards that was not in compliance. - Enforcement Action: identifies the type of enforcement action issued. - Remedy Date: identifies when the non-compliance was remedied by the child care program/agency.

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Update Frequency

Quarterly (every 3 months)

Publisher / Creator Information


Children's Services

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Usage / Licence

Usage Considerations

• Inspections occur in licensed child care programs at a minimum of twice a year. • Licensing Officers inspect the program to the Child Care Regulations; if non-compliance to the Regulation is found, the Licensing Officer will give the program either a verbal warning or an enforcement action. • Depending on the context of the situation, the Licensing Officer and the child care program will ensure that non-compliances are remedied, often through the development and implementation of an Action Plan. • Child care programs have the ability to appeal any issued non-compliances that they feel are not warranted within 30 days. • Accreditation is available to all licensed day care centres and out-of-school care programs as well as approved family day home agencies in Alberta. Participation in accreditation is voluntary. • Accredited programs have completed a rigorous self-evaluation and quality enhancement process, and have been recognized by the Association for Accreditation of Early Learning and Care Services (AELCS) as meeting the accreditation standards of excellence.


Contact Name

Early Childhood Development Branch