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Ministry of Children and Family Development

Government Communications and Public Engagement
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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 $600 million through the Affordable Child Care Benefit and Child Care Fee Reduction Initiative. As a result of these investments:
    • more than 35,000 children have received child care for no more than $10 a day;
    • parents in Vernon and Coldstream have saved more than $5.6 million.
  • In November 2018, Maven Lane in Coldstream and Snc’c’amala?tn Early Childhood Education Centre in Vernon were selected to deliver low-cost child care as Childcare BC Universal Prototype Sites.
    • Maven Lane provides 60 infant/toddler child care spaces, 82 spaces for children aged three to five years, 20 preschool spaces and 103 spaces for school-age children.
    • Snc’c’amala?tn Early Childhood Education Centre offers 20 spaces for children aged three to kindergarten, 20 pre-school spaces and 40 spaces for school-age children:
  • The Province has made investments to improve supports to B.C.’s early care and learning professionals, including approximately $16 million to provide nearly 8,000 bursaries for students pursuing a career in child care.
  • To date, the Province has invested more than $39 million to provide more than 13,000 early childhood educators with a $1-per-hour wage enhancement, which increased to $2 per hour in April 2020. This includes more than $207,000 for early childhood educators in Vernon and Coldstream.