By: Kelvin Heppner


July 17, 2006

Parents with young children will soon be receiving their first cheques through the Federal Government's Universal Childcare plan.

As promised in the 2006 budget, the conservatives are offering parents $100 a month for every child under the age of 6.

Tina Giesbrecht of Winkler has two young boys.

She says she's excited about the new plan.

She explains it will help make it possible for her to stay at home to take care of her children.

Sheila Hildebrandt of Gretna also has two kids under 6.

She likes the idea of having more money available to spend on activities for her children.

Parents need not apply for the funding as long as they are already receiving the Canada Child Tax Benefit.

The payments will be sent around the 20th of every month.