B.C. plans to add 13,000 new daycare spaces over 8 years

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The provincial government has announced that 32 child-care providers across B.C. will receive $7-million in funding to open new daycare spaces in their communities.

This past spring, child-care providers were invited to apply for funding to open new licensed child-care spaces. The conditions of the funding stipulate that it can only go towards the renovation or construction of daycare buildings as well as equipment and furniture.

Phase one will create 1,006 new spaces, with 447 spaces on school grounds and an additional 559 spaces at other locations.

“This government understands the importance, and challenges, of finding high-quality, affordable child care in B.C.,” said Stephanie Cadieux, Minister of Children and Family Development, in a statement. “Under the B.C. Early Years Strategy, we committed to supporting the creation of 1,000 new child-care spaces by March 2015, and these spaces deliver on that commitment. This is a first step toward the 13,000 new licensed spaces the strategy will support over the next eight years.”

The provincial government currently supports 107,000 child-care spaces. Applications for the second phase of child-care capital funding will begin in early 2015.

 

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