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Children and Family Development

Houston parents to benefit from new child care spaces

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Children and Family Development

Houston parents to benefit from new child care spaces

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Ministry of Children and Family Development
Government Communications and Public Engagement
778 587-3237
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Media Contacts
Ministry of Children and Family Development
Government Communications and Public Engagement
778 587-3237

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Childcare BC improves access to quality, affordable child care
  • Since launching in February 2018, the Childcare BC plan has helped parents save up to $1,600 a month per child, for a total of nearly $510 million, through the Affordable Child Care Benefit and Child Care Fee Reduction Initiative. As a result of these investments:
    • over 32,000 children have received child care for no more than $10 a day, including more than 50 in Houston;
    • parents in Houston have saved $245,000.
  • In December 2018, the BeanStalk Child Care Centre in Houston was selected to deliver low-cost child care as a Childcare BC Universal Prototype Site. The centre provides 60 child care spaces: eight infant/toddler, 16 for children aged three to five years, 14 preschool spaces, and 22 spaces for children up to the age of 12: www.gov.bc.ca/childcareprototypesites
  • In January 2020, the Province launched a new professional development program, which is giving early childhood educators access to more than 30 teaching specialists at community hubs around B.C., helping them to stay up to date on the latest child care teaching trends and techniques.
  • The Province has made significant investments to improve supports to B.C.’s early care and learning professionals, including investing nearly $16 million to provide more than 6,000 bursaries for students pursuing a career in child care.
  • To date, the Province has invested more than $27 million to provide more than 12,000 early childhood educators with a $1-per-hour wage enhancement, which increased to $2 per hour in April 2020. This includes $5,000 for early childhood educators in Houston.

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