New child care spaces coming to Prince George, Valemount (flickr.com)

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Ministry of Children and Family Development

Government Communications and Public Engagement
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Backgrounders

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 more than $520 million through the Affordable Child Care Benefit and Child Care Fee Reduction Initiative. As a result of these investments:
    • more than 32,700 children have received child care for no more than $10 a day; and
    • parents in Prince George and Valemount have saved more than $10.6 million.
  • In November 2018, YMCA Highland Development Centre in Prince George was selected to deliver low-cost child care as a Childcare BC Universal Prototype Site. The centre provides 84 child care spaces: 12 infant/toddler spaces, 25 spaces for children aged three to five years and 47 spaces for school-age children. 
  • The City of Prince George received a $25,000 grant and the Village of Valemount received a $5,060 grant from the Community Child Care Planning program, administered by the Union of B.C. Municipalities, to identify their specific child care space needs: http://www.ubcm.ca/EN/main/funding/lgps/child-care.html
  • The Province has made significant investments to improve supports to B.C.’s early care and learning professionals, including approximately $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 $30 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 more than $321,000 for early childhood educators in Prince George and Valemount.