The B.C. government announced in November 2018 a new program for $200-a-month childcare at 53 sites across the province. Eight of the sites, accommodating around 300 children, will be in Vancouver.
The initiative to finance low-cost childcare facilities is a step toward universal day-care system. The sites are expected to offer a glimpse of how universal child care could operate..
Evaluation of the program will look at what constitutes quality care, a sustainable workforce, viable funding and effective organizational structure.
The fee will be no more than $200 a month per child for full time enrolment during regular business hours, regardless of the care type. Subsidies will be available to eliminate the fee completely for some low-income families.
The program will also include childcare centres for children requiring extra support in order to assess the benefits and challenges of supporting inclusive child care.
The program will provide 2,500 licensed childcare spaces for no more than $200-a-month. Infants and toddlers will have priority.
The childcare spaces were previously available at licenced facilities.
The project, costing $60-million, is funded jointly by the federal and provincial government. The funds go toward administrative and operational costs, enabling childcare operators to lower their fee. The funding will be available from November 1, 2018 to March 31, 2020.
The following sites are in Vancouver:
- Frog Hollow Neighbourhood House’s Satellite Daycare (Non-Profit) – 12 spaces for under 36 months; 25 spaces for ages 3-5 years
- Collingwood Neighbourhood House (Non-Profit) – 24 spaces for under 36 Months; 25 spaces for age 3-5 years
- Hastings Park Child Care Centre (Non-Profit) – 12 spaces for under 36 months; 16 spaces for ages 3-5 years; 16 spaces for multi-age.
- Langara Child Development Centre (Public Institution) – 12 spaces for under 36 months; 50 spaces for age 3-5 years.
- Bob and Kay Ackles YMCA Nanook House (Non-Profit) -12 spaces for under 36 months; 25 spaces for age 3-5 years
- Woodwards YMCA Child Care (Non-Profit) -12 spaces for under 36 months; 25 spaces for age 3-5 years
- Hummingbird Under Three (Public Institution) – 24 spaces for under 36 months.
- Emma’s Early Learning and Care Centre (Non-Profit)- 24 spaces for under 36 months.
- B.C. government. Childcare BC. Universal Child Care Prototype Sites. November 9, 2018.
- Jessica Kerr. Vancouver Courier. Eight Vancouver daycares part of B.C.’s low-cost childcare program. November 9, 2018.