Child care is getting less expensive and easier to find in Richmond with the Province funding more than 130 new, affordable child care spaces to give more parents the option to return to work, go back to school or pursue other opportunities.
“Families are struggling to find child care across the province, but it is particularly difficult in urban centres such as Richmond, where parents have to turn to neighbours or unlicensed child care to meet their needs,” said Katrina Chen, Minister of State for Child Care. “These new projects bring a variety of supports and services to the area, helping to strengthen the community and ensure that parents no longer need to travel far from home to find care for their kids.”
More than 280 new, affordable licensed child care spaces in Richmond have been funded by the Province since the Childcare BC New Spaces Fund launched in July 2018. They are part of the fastest creation of child care spaces in B.C.’s history, with more than 10,400 funded in the past 15 months.
With the addition of 900 spaces funded through partnerships with the Union of British Columbia Municipalities and Aboriginal Head Start using federal funding, and 4,100 spaces created through the 2017 Budget Update, more than 15,400 spaces have been funded in B.C. This brings the total spaces funded in Richmond in the past two years to almost 350.
Since launching in February 2018, the Childcare BC plan has helped parents in the city to save more than $22 million through the Affordable Child Care Benefit and Child Care Fee Reduction Initiative. As a result of these investments, the living wage for parents in Metro Vancouver has dropped to $19.50 per hour this year – the first major reduction in more than 10 years.
Investing in child care and early childhood education is a shared priority between government and the BC Green Party caucus and is part of the Confidence and Supply Agreement.
- In November 2018, Alderwood House School was selected to deliver low-cost child care as a Childcare BC Universal Prototype Site, offering 35 spaces at no more than $200 a month per child – 12 infant/toddler spaces and 23 spaces for children aged three to five.
- The Province has made significant investments to improve supports for B.C.’s early care and learning professionals.
- To date, the Province has invested more than $13 million to provide more than 10,000 early childhood educators with a $1-per-hour wage enhancement, with another $1-per-hour lift to come in April 2020. This includes more than $1 million for early childhood educators in Richmond.
For more about Childcare BC, visit: www.gov.bc.ca/childcare
To learn more about the Childcare BC New Spaces Fund and to apply, visit: www.gov.bc.ca/childcare/newspacesfund
To find child care in a community, view the online child care map: http://maps.gov.bc.ca/ess/hm/ccf/
Child care factsheet: https://news.gov.bc.ca/18430
For more information on child care in Richmond, visit the Richmond Child Care Resource and Referral centre: www.rcrg.org/WhatWeDo/RCRGPrograms/child-care-resource-referral-centre
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