New child care spaces in Vancouver, New Westminster, Richmond

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More parents in Vancouver, New Westminster and Richmond can pursue work or education opportunities, with 107 new child care spaces and 41 additional new spaces expected to open by the end of the year.

“Parents and children in Vancouver, New Westminster, Richmond and communities across the province benefit every day from our historic investments in child care,” said Aman Singh, MPP for Richmond-Queensborough. “Having more child care spaces open means more parents can return to work or school to pursue their goals because they know their children are being cared for and educated. “

The new spaces were funded by the Provincial Child Care Rapid Renovation Fund, which provided approximately $ 11 million to nonprofit groups, schools and other public sector organizations to quickly create new child care spaces. .

“The past 20 months have made it clear that child care is more important than ever,” said Katrina Chen, Minister of State for Child Care. “In addition to the uncertainty of the pandemic, parents have had to juggle the stress of working from home while looking after their children or needing to make new childcare arrangements. Our Early Childhood Renovation Fund is one way to quickly meet the need for more affordable, quality child care spaces, while funding long-term child care projects that will benefit families and communities for generations to come. to come.

Families in Vancouver, New Westminster and Richmond will benefit from a total of 148 new licensed child care spaces by the end of the year:

  • East Village Kids Daycare in Vancouver will open 24 spaces by December 31, 2021.
  • The Alderwood House program at RJ Tait Elementary in Richmond opened 27 spaces in September 2021.
  • Vancouver’s Les Copains Colibris Daycare Society opened 80 spaces in October 2021.
  • New Westminster’s Dragons’ Grove School is expected to open 17 places in the coming weeks.

“We are extremely pleased to be able to offer our school community 80 new extracurricular spaces in renovated facilities,” said Fariba Daragahi, Assistant Superintendent, Conseil scolaire francophone de la Columbia (CSF). “By offering a daycare directly on site, the children of the Les Colibris school will no longer need to travel by bus to get to the daycare. Thanks to this support, students are now welcomed in a renovated, pleasant and safe environment that promotes their growth and development.

The Child Care Rapid Renovation Fund supported the creation of 912 new licensed child care spaces in 20 communities in British Columbia.

“Our government is committed to supporting lifelong learning and healthy families through child care programs and in schools in British Columbia,” said Jennifer Whiteside, Minister of Education. “The Child Care Rapid Renovation Fund provides parents with more child care options within their communities and builds on our ongoing work to ensure that new child care spaces are available, accessible and affordable for all families. of British Columbia.

The province is committed to providing affordable, quality and inclusive child care services to families across British Columbia. Since 2018, tens of thousands of families have benefited from improved access to more affordable child care services, with some parents saving up to $ 1,600 per month.

Fast facts:

  • Since 2018, more than 26,000 new licensed child care spaces have been funded for families in British Columbia
  • The Childcare BC plan has helped parents save up to $ 1,600 per month, per child, for a total of over $ 750 million through the Affordable Child Care Benefit and Child Care Fee Reduction Initiative.
  • As a result of these investments, parents in the Vancouver Coast region have saved nearly $ 325 million, and parents in the Fraser region have saved over $ 153 million.
  • To date, early childhood educators in the Vancouver Coast region have received over $ 27 million in salary increases, and early childhood educators in the Fraser region have received over $ 17 million in increases. salaries.

Learn more:

To learn more about Childcare BC, visit: www.gov.bc.ca/garderie

For more information on health and safety standards for child care during COVID-19, visit: www.gov.bc.ca/ChildCareCovid-19Response

Child Care Fact Sheet: https://news.gov.bc.ca/18430

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