Two day care centers on the Sunshine Coast – Tiny Tots Daycare in West Sechelt and Espirit Daycare in Gibsons – are among 53 facilities throughout the province that will offer 10 day childcare during a B.C. state pilot project.
Thirty-five families with children enrolled in the two Coast Daycares will benefit from the program with fees limited to $ 200 per month or completely eliminated, said a release from MLA Nicholas Simons Friday.
The pilot project will run until March 2020, when the government examines the feasibility of one of its key areas – universally affordable childcare.
"Our government is following our promise to deliver affordable childcare and these two pilot sites help make life cheaper for dozens of families on the coast," said Simons. "For a long time, families on the lower Sunshine Coast have fought with unreasonable childcare costs. Today's message marks our next step to making universal childcare a reality for B.C. families."
The provincial and federal governments will spend $ 60 million to subsidize parent care for some 2500 children, announcing Premier John Horgan on Friday at one of the prototype daycare centers in Vancouver.
Horgan said he has heard from many parents who say that their childcare costs are more than their rent or mortgage, which he said not sustainable for working British colombians.
The 53 prototypes were selected from a pool of 300 that last summer, said Katrine Conroy, child and family developer.
Priority was given to places with infants and toddlers, but the subsidy was also given to nonprofit organizations, private day care centers, domestic daydresses and family-owned premises.
The prototype daycares will receive government funds to cover their operating and administrative costs. They then send the savings to the parents and lower their fees to a maximum of $ 200 per month for full-time reporting during regular hours.
B.C. NDP made childcare of 10 dollars a day an important pillar in its election campaign in 2017.
The government has introduced a new health benefit for which families can receive up to $ 1,250 per child.
There is also a fee-reduction initiative for licensed childcare providers, who can apply for as much as $ 350 per month per care room to reduce fees.
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