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New child care spaces for families in Coastal Vancouver, West Vancouver, Sea to Sky

This backgrounder contains additional information on the 10 child care sites that will create 317 new licensed child care spaces in Vancouver, West Vancouver and Sea to Sky.

District of North Vancouver –

Corporation of the District of North Vancouver
Eldon Park Child Care; 37 spaces (12 infant-toddler, 25 three years old to kindergarten)

Pemberton –

The Village of Pemberton
Pemberton Children’s Centre; 50 2.5 years old to-kindergarten spaces, incorporates Ucwalmícwts language and culture

Skatin –

Skatin Nation
Síitot Child Care; 26 spaces (10 infant-toddler, 16 2.5 years old to kindergarten), Indigenous led

Squamish –

District of Squamish
Valleycliffe Child Care Centre; 36 spaces (12 infant-toddler, 24 2.5 years old to kindergarten)

Vancouver –

ABC Montessori Children’s Centre Society
ABC Montessori Children’s Centre; 25 2.5 years old to kindergarten-age spaces, non-profit

Arubutus Children and Young Parents Society
Brickhouse Academy; 16 infant-toddler spaces, non-profit

Blueberry Muffins Child Care (Vancouver) Society
Blueberry Muffins Child Care Society; 16 infant-toddler spaces, non-profit

The First Baptist Church of Vancouver
Facility name TBD; 37 spaces (12 infant-toddler, 25 2.5 years old to kindergarten), non-profit

Our Lady of Sorrows Parish
Our Lady of Sorrows Childcare; 37 spaces (12 infant-toddler, 25 2.5 years old to kindergarten), non-profit

West Vancouver –

The YMCA of Greater Vancouver
Child care facility; 37 spaces (12 infant-toddler, 25 2.5 years old to kindergarten), non-profit

New Spaces Fund evaluation criteria

The intake for the 2021-22 ChildCareBC New Spaces Fund opened on Sept. 13, 2021, and closed on Nov. 16, 2021. Applications were evaluated against criteria set out in the ChildCareBC New Spaces Fund guidelines to align with provincial priorities and with federal direction outlined in the Canada-Wide Early Learning and Child Care agreement to focus on spaces for children that are run by public and non-profit institutions.

Priority areas for this intake included child care providers that will deliver on the creation of:

  • infant-toddler child care spaces
  • spaces serving priority populations including:
    • low-income families
    • children with support needs
    • Indigenous children and families
    • families new to Canada
    • young parents (25 years and younger)
    • Black and other children and families of colour
    • francophone children
  • spaces co-located with other community or family services, such as on school grounds (including K-12 and public post-secondary)
  • fully inclusive and accessible child care spaces that allow children of all abilities to participate meaningfully (i.e., accessible physical design and application of program inclusion policy)
  • projects with a provincial cost per space of $40,000 or less

The 2022-23 intake of the New Spaces Fund applications will open in spring/summer 2022.