Learn about universal child care

The new Early Learning and Child Care Unit promotes the development of accessible, affordable, quality early learning and child care. Staff deliver programs and provide services that help families and licensed early learning and child care operators. These services include the Yukon early learning and child care funding programs as well as child care subsidies

Yukon Early Learning and Child Care Funding Program 

Universal child care model

The Government of Yukon has developed a new universal child care model. 

The Yukon universal child care model is based on 3 key principles: 

  • affordability;
  • quality; and 
  • accessibility.

We believe all families should have access to high-quality, affordable child care.

The universal child care model is possible due to collaboration between the Government of Yukon, Yukon First Nations, child care operators and partners across the Yukon. The Government of Yukon created the Early Learning and Child Care Funding Program to support the implementation of a universal child care model.

Who is eligible?

Universal child care is available to all Yukon families using participating licensed child care spaces. Parents whose children are registered in licensed child care will see their monthly payment go down. You do not need to take any action to make these savings. 

Why choose universal child care?

Universal early childhood education programs are recommended in the Putting People First report. Affordable options are shown to improve children’s learning outcomes, success and capacity for life;ong learning.

There will be no changes to other funding programs

Universal child care is not a 1-size-fits-all model. We are not considering reductions to any other funding programs, including:

Eligible low incomes families can still apply for the Yukon child care subsidy. The subsidy will be applied on top of the universal portion of their child care program fees.

Universal child care - Families

What this means for families?

Families who use participating licensed child care programs will save up to $700 per child per month. This can be for a full-time or part-time placement. 

What are the benefits of a universal child care system?

  • provides children an opportunity for learning and development in the early years. It also provides a continuum in a child’s education;
  • puts more disposable income in the hands of families;
  • provides parents and guardians with more choices if they want to work outside of the home; and
  • ensures that families can access high-quality, affordable child-care options for their children.

Need more information:

Universal child care – operators

Yukon Early Learning and Child Care funding Program

Family day home programs

Child care centres

Who can apply to Early Learning and Child Care Funding Program?

Licensed child care programs in Yukon are eligible to apply to the Early Learning and Child Care Funding Program.

How do I pro-rate the YELCC funding on parent/caregiver fee payments?

Pro-rate parent fees

How do I calculate the wage enhancement for Early Childhood Educators?

Whitehorse wage enhancements

Early Childhood Educator level

Current wage enhancement

2021 increase

New wage enhancement

Minimum wage plus enhancement

New mandatory wage

Level 0

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

 

 

Level 1

$2.12

$2.00

$4.12

13.85 + 4.12

$17.97

Level 1A

$4.01

$2.00

$6.01

13.85 + 6.01

$19.86

Level 2

$5.44

$2.00

$7.44

13.85 + 7.44

$21.29

Level 2A

$7.96

$2.00

$9.96

13.85 + 9.96

$23.81

Level 3 equivalent

$10.31

$2.00

$12.31

13.85 + 12.31

$26.16

Level 3

$10.31

$5.00

$15.31

13.85 + 15.31

$29.16

Rural Wage Enhancements

Early Childhood Educator level

Current wage enhancement

2021

increase

New wage

enhancement

Minimum

wage plus enhancement

New

mandatory wage

Level 0

$1.85

Not Applicable

$1.85

13.85 + 1.85

$15.70

Level 1

$2.49

$2.00

$4.49

13.85 + 4.49

$18.34

Level 1A

$4.71

$2.00

$6.71

13.85 + 6.71

$20.56

Level 2

$6.39

$2.00

$8.39

13.85 + 8.39

$22.24

Level 2A

$9.35

$2.00

$11.35

13.85 + 11.35

$25.20

Level 3 equivalent

$12.11

$2.00

$14.11

13.85 + 14.11

$27.96

Level 3

$12.11

$5.00

$17.11

13.85 + 17.11

$30.96

Reporting

Child care centres

You must complete a monthly attendance record form.

Family day homes

You must complete a:

How to submit your form(s)

You can choose the following options to submit reports:

Email: earlylearning@yukon.ca

Fax: 867-393-6250

Drop box: Department of Education front door situated at 1000 Lewes Blvd

Mail:

Government of Yukon

Early Learning and Child Care Unit (E-23)

Box 2703

Whitehorse, YT, Y1A 2C6

Need more information:

What this means for families?

Families who use participating licensed child care programs will save up to $700 per child per month. This can be for a full-time or part-time placement. 

What are the benefits of a universal child care system?

  • provides children an opportunity for learning and development in the early years. It also provides a continuum in a child’s education;
  • puts more disposable income in the hands of families;
  • provides parents and guardians with more choices if they want to work outside of the home; and
  • ensures that families can access high-quality, affordable child-care options for their children.

Need more information:

Yukon Early Learning and Child Care funding Program

Family day home programs

Child care centres

Who can apply to Early Learning and Child Care Funding Program?

Licensed child care programs in Yukon are eligible to apply to the Early Learning and Child Care Funding Program.

How do I pro-rate the YELCC funding on parent/caregiver fee payments?

Pro-rate parent fees

How do I calculate the wage enhancement for Early Childhood Educators?

Whitehorse wage enhancements

Early Childhood Educator level

Current wage enhancement

2021 increase

New wage enhancement

Minimum wage plus enhancement

New mandatory wage

Level 0

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

 

 

Level 1

$2.12

$2.00

$4.12

13.85 + 4.12

$17.97

Level 1A

$4.01

$2.00

$6.01

13.85 + 6.01

$19.86

Level 2

$5.44

$2.00

$7.44

13.85 + 7.44

$21.29

Level 2A

$7.96

$2.00

$9.96

13.85 + 9.96

$23.81

Level 3 equivalent

$10.31

$2.00

$12.31

13.85 + 12.31

$26.16

Level 3

$10.31

$5.00

$15.31

13.85 + 15.31

$29.16

Rural Wage Enhancements

Early Childhood Educator level

Current wage enhancement

2021

increase

New wage

enhancement

Minimum

wage plus enhancement

New

mandatory wage

Level 0

$1.85

Not Applicable

$1.85

13.85 + 1.85

$15.70

Level 1

$2.49

$2.00

$4.49

13.85 + 4.49

$18.34

Level 1A

$4.71

$2.00

$6.71

13.85 + 6.71

$20.56

Level 2

$6.39

$2.00

$8.39

13.85 + 8.39

$22.24

Level 2A

$9.35

$2.00

$11.35

13.85 + 11.35

$25.20

Level 3 equivalent

$12.11

$2.00

$14.11

13.85 + 14.11

$27.96

Level 3

$12.11

$5.00

$17.11

13.85 + 17.11

$30.96

Reporting

Child care centres

You must complete a monthly attendance record form.

Family day homes

You must complete a:

How to submit your form(s)

You can choose the following options to submit reports:

Email: earlylearning@yukon.ca

Fax: 867-393-6250

Drop box: Department of Education front door situated at 1000 Lewes Blvd

Mail:

Government of Yukon

Early Learning and Child Care Unit (E-23)

Box 2703

Whitehorse, YT, Y1A 2C6

Need more information:

Contact: 

For questions about applying for the Early Learning and Child Care Funding Program email earlylearning@yukon.ca. In Whitehorse, call 867-667-3492 and in the communities call toll-free, 1-800-661-0408, extension 3492.