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Childcare for Low-Income Newcomer Parents

Feb 15th, 2018 | By | Category: City News

Low-income Newcomer Parents who want to attend Language Instruction for Newcomers (LINC) classes anywhere in Calgary are eligible for a FREE childcare for their children. Newcomers with children under 4 years old are referred to this program when they register for LINC classes at any LINC provider in Calgary and need childcare to complete their classes. Parents choose a childcare provider that works for them and children can remain in the daycare or day home during the time the parents are in LINC classes.


How does the program work?

When a newcomer registers for LINC through ILVARC it will be determined if their child requires a daycare for parents to attend day-time LINC classes. Following the referral from any LINC school, the Centre for Newcomers would assist parents with the application process for provincial and federal subsidies and place a child into a licensed daycare or a day home of a parent’s choice. The child would start attending a selected daycare based on the first day of their parents’ LINC classes.


Do you qualify?

Newcomer children are eligible for the program if:

  • Their parent(s) or legal guardian(s) have registered for LINC and have been admitted into LINC at any LINC school in Calgary under the level CLB 4.
  • Be a low income
  • The child is 4 years of age or younger.


Please note that the Centre for Newcomers is the only official provider of this cost-free subsidized program in Calgary.

For more information about this program, please contact:

Suzanne Risley, Coordinator, Community-Based Care for Newcomer Children

(403) 354-2356

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