Published: Mon, November 12, 2018
Markets | By Otis Pena

Child care at this Prince George centre costs only $200/month

Child care at this Prince George centre costs only $200/month

"It's very exciting", says Helen Blair, director of education at Kamloops Child Development Centre.

This funding will allow the Kamloops Child Development Centre to offer 117 low-priced, licensed child care spaces to parents in Kamloops. "The demand for this program was so strong that we expanded it to cover more children and more sites in every region of the province in the prototype stage", said Katrine Conroy, federal Minister of Children and Family Development.

According to a release, the prototype sites are the "next major step in government's 10-year ChildCare BC plan and will model what high-quality, affordable, universal child care may look like for B.C. families".

The B.C. NDP government is taking steps to make good on its election promise of affordable, universal child care.

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.

"For too long, families in Comox have been struggling to make ends meet because they can not keep up with the rising costs of child care", said Leonard.

All 53 sites, which are spread out across the province, are expected to open by December 1, 2018.

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As part of the Province's prototype project, families at the facility will now be paying no more than $200 a month for each child.

Parents at the prototype daycares will pay no more than $200-a-month per child. The sites will also share feedback with the provincial government to help inform future implementation of universal childcare. The Province also promoted the Child Care Fee Reduction, which has reduced the cost of almost 52,000 childcare spaces across BC. "We want to make life more affordable for families, and this investment will demonstrate the low-priced, high-quality care B.C. parents can look forward to as we fully implement ChildCare BC".

The Province said, as well, each site will receive a one-time quality improvement grant in 2019 to help enhance the quality of the programs it delivers.

The prototype sites will operate until March 31, 2020.

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.

"For the families, it is like winning the lottery", says Lexie's Little Bears Child Care owner Lexie Biegun.

There's also a fee-reduction initiative for licensed child-care providers, which can apply for as much as $350 a month per child-care space to reduce fees.

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