Benefits of Investing in Childcare 

Childcare isn’t just about providing a safe space for the little ones; it’s also a secret weapon for businesses to attract and retain top talent while driving economic development in their community. 

Tackling Labour Challenges 

The struggle of finding and keeping skilled employees is widespread. Labour shortages have become a significant hurdle for businesses across industries. But here’s the good news: offering and/or partnering on quality childcare can help you overcome this challenge.  

Having reliable and affordable childcare options in your community, makes it easier for parents to join or remain in the workforce, expanding your pool of potential job candidates. There are also additional benefits, such as: 

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  • Improving Work-Life Balance and Retention: Parents juggling work and childcare responsibilities often feel stressed and stretched thin. By providing on-site childcare facilities or partnering with reputable daycare centers, you empower your employees to achieve a better balance between their professional and personal lives. This, in turn, leads to higher job satisfaction, increased productivity, and reduced turnover rates. Employees are less likely to leave a job with childcare facilities if their child(ren) are settled and enjoying quality care. 
  • Attracting Top Talent: In a competitive job market, childcare support can make all the difference when it comes to attracting top talent. Showcasing childcare supports can set you apart as an employer of choice, making your job offers more enticing to skilled professionals, especially working parents. When candidates see that you prioritize their family needs, they’re more likely to choose your company over others, giving you a distinct advantage in talent acquisition. 
  • Fostering Economic Growth: Investing in childcare isn’t just about benefiting your business; it’s also a catalyst for economic growth in our community. When parents have access to reliable childcare, they can participate fully in the workforce, contributing to increased productivity and economic prosperity.  

By prioritizing childcare options for your employees, you can overcome labor challenges, boost retention, attract top talent, and drive economic development—all while fostering a happier, more engaged workforce. 

Childcare Resources 

Featured Sturgeon County Childcare Provider – Namao Mighty Learners: 

Namao Mighty Learners offers high-quality an early learning and child care programs. Their curriculum is creative, responsive and reflective. They offer a thoughtfully designed space that promotes exploration, relationships and collaboration through play. 

Interested in learning more about Namao Mighty Learners? Don’t hesitate to reach out!

They are located in Namao School and offer kinder-care and school age before and after school care. They offer reasonable fees and welcome families on subsidies. 

Funding Opportunities + Resources
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Federal-Provincial Child Care Agreement:

The Government of Alberta has negotiated an agreement with the federal government to increase accessible, affordable and high-quality child care.

Applications are available for the following programs:

  • Childcare Space Creation Grant: Applications for grant funding for non-profit and private (for-profit) groups interested in creating new child care spaces or starting new child care programs are now open.
  • Child Care Subsidy: Applications for subsidy for families of children up to kindergarten-age earning up to $180,000 are now open. Parents already receiving subsidy do not need to reapply.

Child Care Connect:

Choosing quality child care for your family is an important decision. You want to find a safe, healthy environment that supports the social, physical, intellectual, creative and emotional development of your children. Tools are available to help parents pick the best child care option for their family:

📞Child Care Connect: 1-844-644-5165.

🔗Child Care Lookup:

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