Alberta has until the end of September to respond to a judge’s recommendations to overhaul the province’s child care system.

The death of 22-month-old Mackenzy Woolfsmith in a private dayhome prompted a public fatality inquiry in 2018 and in January, the judge called for 10 recommendations.

They include a comprehensive review of the child care legislation, upgrading the out-dated I.T. system to track and share information about serious incidents involving private babysitters and more support for them, to name a few.

The government had until the end of May, but a spring election campaign pushed the deadline to the end of September.

Throughout the election, and since winning, nobody from the United Conservative Party would agree to an interview with CTV on the issue. It’s not clear what direction the government plans to take.

But families are trying to remain hopeful for meaningful change.

“It can happen,” said Dan Woolfsmith, Mackenzy’s father.

“Somebody just needs to understand that we can do it and actually decide what those changes are and implement them. It’s monumental tasks but it’s doable,” he said.

It’s been seven years since Jen and Dan Woolfsmith’s daughter died in a private day home. Having the courage and strength to overcome such immense tragedy has been extremely difficult, but the family has made an extraordinary effort to find the light in their days.

“We’re the luckiest people to have her. I wouldn’t trade the 22 months for anything in the world,” said Jen.