Parenting and Children

Moving to another province or country is a big step. Moving with children adds a new set of challenges. Children are adaptable, resilient, and will adjust well to life in Alberta. There are some things you should know to help make your children's transition to Alberta as easy as possible.

Child care

There is no law in Alberta that specifies at what age children can be left alone. You should use good judgment and consider the age and maturity of your child if you are thinking about leaving them unsupervised. Most Albertans pay for child care for children under 12. Childcare options include:

  • A licensed daycare centre is responsible for the supervision of children under seven.
  • A family day home provides parents with licensed child care services in a home setting.
  • An out-of-school-care program provides care for school-aged children outside normal school hours.
  • A pre-school or nursery school program encourages children between two and five to learn, play and develop.

For more information, including help with finding child care that works for you, visit Alberta Human Services.

Children with special needs

If your child has a special need, such as ongoing medical care, a disability or a developmental delay, help is available through your local Child and Family Services.

The Family Support for Children with Disabilities Program (FSCD) can also provide support.

Childcare subsidy

If you cannot afford to pay for child care, you might qualify for government financial help. Learn more about financial support for low-income families.

Children’s health and safety

Your children have access to excellent health care services in Alberta. To learn more about finding a family doctor, visit our detailed section on health care services in Alberta.


To learn about education for your children, visit our guide to education in Alberta.

Community youth programs

There are lots of community youth programs in Alberta. They help older children make positive choices, stay in school, stay safe on the internet, become leaders in their communities and more.

Parenting in two cultures

Raising children within two cultures brings both opportunities and challenges. Community agencies offer classes, workshops and groups to help parents find the right balance. Check with your local immigrant-serving agency to find programs in your community.