North Shore parents get child care relief


The project is being funded by an investment of $60 million through the Early Learning and Child Care agreement with the federal government. Families at the centre will pay no more than $200 a month per child.

Two daycare centres on the Sunshine Coast - Tiny Tots Daycare in West Sechelt and Espirit Daycare in Gibsons - are among 53 facilities across the province that will offer $10-a-day child care under a B.C. government pilot project.

In all, parents of about 2,500 children, more than 300 in Vancouver, will be eligible for the reduced rates.

This Prince George location is one of more than 50 sites across BC to offer families low-priced child care.

"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. "Through this kind of action, where we significantly reduce the cost of childcare, we can make like more affordable for so many B.C. families".

Families at the YMCA Highland Development Centre are now paying $200 a month per child as part of the government's universal child-care prototype project, the B.C. government announced Friday (Nov. 9).

"I've talked to countless parents in Victoria who are struggling to afford child care".

The facilities will receive government funding to cover costs.

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The sites were selected after a call for applications in June. The Alberni Valley Childcare Society and other prototype sites will share their feedback with the B.C. government as it develops its plan for universal daycare across the province.

The YMCA Highland Development Centre has been chosen to offer low-priced childcare for parents.

Families using licensed child care may also see savings through the Child Care Fee Reduction, which has so far helped to reduce the cost of nearly 52,000 child care spaces around the province.

The prototype sites will operate until March 31, 2020.

The government said each site will also receive a one-time quality improvement grant next year to help "enhance the quality of the programs it delivers".

The centre's programming is derived from the Reggio Emilia approach, which encourages children to learn through exploration and discovery.

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.