What is CPE

A childcare center (CPE) is a private, self-governing enterprise that is administered by a board of directors composed mostly of parents and a member of the community.

Mainly governed by the Educational Childcare Act (RSQ S-4.1.1), the Regulation respecting the reduced contribution (RSQ S-4.1.1, r.1) and the Regulation respecting childcare services For children (LRQ S-4.1.1, r.2), the CPE offers families daycare services for their children from 1 to 59 months.

Strongly rooted in their community and engaged in various partnerships with other social actors, CPEs offer quality educational child care that is adapted to the needs and realities of children and parents. 

  • Institutional and residential care 
  • Unusual and on-the-job care 
  • Parental support 
  • Early detection 
  • Integration of children with special needs 
  • Poverty and social exclusion

CPEs also contribute to the creation of paid jobs at fair value, and to the economic, social and community vitality of the sectors in which they are located. Normal since the CPEs are funded by nearly 80% by all taxpayers – citizens and corporations – to collectively support parents in Quebec and allow families to access quality educational services reduced contribution.