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Children and Family Development

Thousands more child care spaces coming for B.C. families

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Children and Family Development

Thousands more child care spaces coming for B.C. families

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

Backgrounders

Facts about child care in B.C.
  • As the Province moves toward its “new normal” under COVID-19, child care capital builds may have unexpected delays.
  • Once operational, child care providers will be required to follow guidelines provided by the Ministry of Health and the BC Centre for Disease Control to keep staff and the families they serve safe and to limit the risk of transmission.
  • Recent changes made by the government to the School Act will make it even easier for school boards to create and operate before- and after-school care. The changes require school boards to prioritize space that is not being used for K-12 students for child care and encourage school boards to adopt an inclusive child care policy.
  • Since launching in February 2018, the Childcare BC plan has helped parents save up to $1,600 a month, per child, with more than $520 million going to families through the Affordable Child Care Benefit and Child Care Fee Reduction Initiative. Through these initiatives, and the Universal Child Care Prototype sites, over 32,700 children have received child care for no more than $10 a day.
  • In January 2020, the Province launched the BC Early Years Professional Development Hub to give early care and learning professionals online access to courses and a chance to come together virtually to discuss the latest trends and techniques in child care.
  • The Province has made significant investments to improve supports to B.C.’s early care and learning professionals, including investing approximately $16 million to provide roughly 8,000 bursaries and workforce-development supports for students pursuing a career in child care.
  • Eligible Early Childhood Educators (ECEs) are receiving a $2-an-hour wage enhancement. To date, the ministry has delivered over $33 million to child care providers to enhance wages for more than 12,000 ECEs throughout B.C.

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