Young Parent Program
The Young Parent Program provides eligible parents with access to child care and supports while they finish high school. Under the program the cost of child care will be offset by up to $1,500 per month per child. Eligibility criteria for both parents and providers are described below.
"Young Parent Programs" are child care programs that are located at or near secondary schools and provides care for the children of parents who are completing their secondary education.
For parents to be eligible, they must:
- Be under the age of 24,
- Have had their child on or before their 20th birthday
- Be participating in an education program for the purpose of completing grade 12
- Have their child enrolled in an approved child care facility that is operating a Young Parent Program
- And meet eligibility requirements under the current Child Care Subsidy Program
For providers to be designated as a Young Parent Program, they must:
- Provide a copy of their licence, identifying that they provide child care for infants and toddlers (up to age three)
- Be located in close proximity to a secondary school facility
- And confirm that they provide a parent education program
In addition, they are required to provide a minimum of one of the following services to young parents and their children:
- Provision of meals/food
- Nutrition and health education/supports (E.g. on-site visits by registered nutritionists, public health nurses, dental practitioners, etc.)
- Housing supports
- Counselling, or access to counselling
- Assistance with referrals to other community agencies
- Any other supports that assist young parents and their families
The program is available across the province, most often through school districts.
For information, please contact the Child Care Subsidy Service Centre at 1 888 338-6622.