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B.C.’s Universal Child Care Prototype sites rebrand, expand

The Universal Child Care Prototype Site program began in 2018 when the Province approved more than 50 Universal Child Care Prototype Sites through its Canada-British Columbia Early Learning and Child Care Agreement with the Government of Canada.

Funding through this partnership allowed the Province to convert approximately 2,500 licensed child care spaces, with a priority on infant and toddler care, into low-cost spaces at existing child care facilities.

The initial spaces converted to $10 a Day were called prototypes because their goal was to help the Province understand the best way to provide funding to child care operators in the long term, reduce fees for parents and ensure that child care professionals are well compensated.

Now referred to as $10 a Day ChildCareBC sites for the expansion, through provincial funding, 84 child care sites in B.C. have signed agreements with the Province to become $10 a Day ChildCareBC sites.

All licensed child care providers were eligible and invited to apply for this latest $10 a Day ChildCareBC expansion in summer and fall of 2021. Priority was given to:

  • non-profit/public organizations;
  • Indigenous-led providers;
  • child care based in municipal/community centres;
  • child care on school grounds;
  • home-based child care; and
  • child care in locations where $10 a Day providers are not already available.