Children and Family Development

New partnerships to create more than 150 child care spaces in Surrey

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Children and Family Development

New partnerships to create more than 150 child care spaces in Surrey

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Government Communications and Public Engagement
Ministry of Children and Family Development
250 356-2028
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Government Communications and Public Engagement
Ministry of Children and Family Development
250 356-2028

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Surrey spaces deliver a range of licence types for B.C. families

This backgrounder contains additional information on the seven projects that will create 156 new licensed child care spaces in Surrey.

Creative Moments Child Care is receiving $140,688 to create 16 spaces — eight spaces for infants and toddlers, and eight spaces for children aged 30 months to school age.

Hope Valley Childcare Centre is receiving $66,224 to create 49 spaces — 24 spaces for infants and toddlers, and 25 for children aged 30 months to school age.

Pebble Lane Early Learning is receiving $32,301 to expand an existing facility and create 12 new spaces for infants and toddlers.

Satnam Education Society of British Columbia is receiving funding to expand three existing child care facilities:

  • Khalsa School, 10677 124 St.: $143,777 to create 10 new infant and toddler spaces.
  • Khalsa School, 6962 124 St.: $120,500 to create 20 new spaces — 12 infant and toddler spaces, two preschool spaces, and six spaces for school-age children.
  • Khalsa School, 6999 124 St.: $500,000 to create 12 new infant and toddler spaces.

Simply Kids Childcare Centre is receiving $248,250 to create 37 spaces — 12 for infants and toddlers, and 25 for children aged 30 months to school age.

Total funding: $1,251,740 for 156 spaces

A breakdown of the number of spaces by age group is below. Note that preschool programs typically operate only during the school year (September to June). Most preschool programs run from one to four hours a day, though some programs can run longer.

Space type/Number of spaces: 
Infant/toddler (under 30 months) – 90
30 months to school age – 58
Preschool (30 months to school age) – 2
School age – 2
Total - 156

Childcare BC New Spaces Fund making child care more accessible

Under the Childcare BC New Spaces Fund, eligible organizations may apply for:

  • Up to $1 million per facility for public-sector organizations directly operating a child care facility or partnering with non-profit child care providers. Public sector partners can be public sector organizations, local/municipal governments, school boards, public and post-secondary institutions, band/tribal councils and/or First Nations governments.
  • Up to $500,000 per facility for Indigenous organizations, child development centres and non-profit child care providers.
  • Up to $250,000 per facility for private child care providers.

Priority was given to projects looking to create:

  • licensed infant/toddler (zero to 36 months) or licensed group (30 months to school age) child care spaces;
  • spaces by public sector organizations, local/municipal governments, band/tribal councils and/or First Nations governments in partnership with a non-profit child care provider;
  • spaces on school grounds (including K-12 and post-secondary);
  • spaces serving vulnerable populations (e.g. low-income families);
  • inclusive spaces serving children with extra-support needs;
  • spaces serving Indigenous communities;
  • spaces serving newly landed immigrants and/or refugees;
  • spaces serving young parents (25 years and under); and/or
  • flexible spaces that offer child care outside of core business hours (e.g. evenings, early mornings, weekends, etc.).

Not every application is for the maximum provincial investment available, as the project may be smaller or the costs may be lower (e.g. licensed family child-care providers). The actual cost per space varies due to a range of factors, including the type of space being built and the community profile.

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