BC to test $10-a-day child care promise at 53 locations

Irving Hamilton
November 10, 2018

The initiative is part of a B.C. government pilot project that will deliver $10-a-day (or less) child care to parents.

"The prototypes are being funded through an investment of $60 million under the Early Learning and Child Care (ELCC) Agreement with the Government of Canada", read a statement from the government.

Also included is Comox Valley Children's Day Care Society in Comox, Parkside Academy Society in Duncan, Alberni Valley Childcare Society in Port Alberni and Rainbow Country Daycare Society in Port Hardy.

The daycare started offering the reduced fee as of November 1, and Dicks said parents were overjoyed.

The 53 prototype sites were selected out of a pool of 300 applicants that applied this summer, said Katrine Conroy, minister of children and family development.

"Prototype sites give us a glimpse of what the future of universal child care in B.C. can be and are critical as we design and refine our program moving forward", said Chen.

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All are expected to be in operation by December 1, and cost parents and guardians a maximum of $200 a month per child.

Dicks said the daycare centre did not have to change any of its day-to-day operations or make any concessions in order to receive the funds. This will be applicable for children enrolled full-time and during regular hours.

The B.C. NDP made $10-a-day childcare a key tenant of its election campaign.

Families who are unable to access the subsidized spaces could still be eligible to receive support through the Affordable Child Care Benefit.

She says B.C.'s child care plan already offers families with incomes of $111,000 or less benefits of up to $1,250 a month and other fee reductions for families using licensed child care.

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