New child studies center doubles child care spaces

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The province is making education accessible by working with Capilano University (CapU) on a new Center for Childhood Studies that will more than double available child care spaces on campus.

Scheduled to open in late 2024, the center will add 74 new affordable child care spaces for a total of 143 on-campus spaces for infants, toddlers and preschoolers. Students, employees and members of the community can all apply for a place for their children at the new center.

“I am proud that we are investing in people’s future by providing child care spaces so that parents can benefit from educational opportunities,” said Anne Kang, Minister of Higher Education and Vocational Training. “The new Child Studies Center will provide a positive learning environment for children and support their parents as they pursue their own education. By doubling the number of child care spaces available on campus, we’re reducing the cost of living and removing barriers to education for BC’s next generation of workers, innovators and leaders. .

To enhance the student learning experience, the center will also provide 2,135 square meters (23,000 square feet) of new studios, study and research labs, classrooms and faculty offices. The two-story, sustainable facility will increase on-campus internship opportunities for students at Capilano University’s School of Education and Childhood Studies.

“Early Childhood Educators are skilled professionals who are the workforce behind the workforce and it is essential that we support those who take up this in-demand career,” said Katrina Chen, Minister of ‘State at Child Care. “This new center brings us one step closer to making affordable, quality and inclusive childcare a staple service families can rely on, by providing more hands-on training for future childcare workers. and more convenient on-campus child care spaces for parents, students, and teachers while studying or working.

The $18.6 million Child Studies Center project is receiving $9.46 million from the province, including $6.5 million from the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training and 2 $.96 million from the Ministry of Education and Child Care. Capilano University is contributing $9.14 million to the project.

“Today we celebrate the grand opening of this fully integrated center for research, learning and childcare, which exemplifies how CapU is building a distinctive university experience that inspires imagination and supports well-being. our campus community,” said Paul Dangerfield, President. , Capilano University. “Quality child care is closely linked to social and economic development and is of vital importance to many families. The new Child Studies Center will build on the great work already underway at CapU to continue to meet the growing needs of early childhood educators and families in the community.

The expansion is part of the province’s 10-year ChildCareBC plan, which has funded 30,500 new licensed child care spaces across the province since 2018.

To support early childhood providers and educators, the BC government increased their wages at licensed facilities by $4 an hour, expanded early childhood education spaces in public post-secondary institutions and offered scholarships and better access to training and professional development. The government is also prioritizing immigration pathways by adding early childhood educators to the BC Provincial Nominee Program to help bring in more trained early childhood educators faster. in child care and to meet the cost of living.

Supports, such as affordable housing, child care and transportation, are key to removing barriers to training and labor market participation. The government is opening doors to job opportunities by expanding affordable child care for families, raising the minimum wage and providing better workplace protections.

Funding for the new daycare is part of StrongerBC’s Future Ready plan. Future Ready makes education and training more accessible, affordable and relevant to help businesses grow and prepare British Columbians for the jobs of tomorrow.

Learn more:

Learn more about what British Columbia is doing to bring quality, affordable child care to more families:
https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/family-social-supports/caring-for-youngchildren/child-care-strategy

Learn more about supports, training and professional development opportunities for child care and early learning professionals: www.gov.bc.ca/childcare/ecestrategy

Two information documents follow.

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