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Audit reveals private early childhood school used government funding for personal vacations

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CALGARY (660 NEWS) — Alberta Education has axed funding for a private early childhood education school in Calgary after an external review revealed it was misusing government funds.

Personal vacations and electronics were among the items inappropriately purchased with the money. An audit conducted by KPMG also found Big Plans for Little Kids Ltd. to be lacking financial accountability and oversight.

The non-profit which was fully funded by Alberta Education is no longer allowed to operate nor will it be eligible for funding in the future.

Letters were sent to the parents of approximately 400 students who are affected. In a statement, the provincial minister of education Adriana LaGrange, said all of the children will continue to receive funding when they switch to a different early childhood education program.

“Alberta Education will work with parents of every child affected to ensure a smooth transition to other ECS operators for the 2019-20 school year, with as little impact as possible on the children,” she said. “My priority has been and will remain supporting the children and their families.”

The province launched the inquiry into the private school back in 2018, and the inquiry showed that the center was in breach of parts of the Education Grants regulations.

At the time of publication, Big Plans for Little Kids had not responded to a request for comment.

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