New Child Care Funding Announced

Today, the Honourable Katrine Conroy, Minister of Children and Family Development, announced two new funding programs to support local governments to better understand local child care needs and to develop new child care spaces in their communities.

The announcement highlighted the importance of partnerships in delivering child care in communities across BC, as well as the value of working with UBCM to administer funding directly to local governments.

The Community Child Care Planning program will provide funding for local governments to engage in child care planning activities in order to develop a community child care space creation action plan.  

Through partnerships and engagement, funded projects will collect information regarding the child care needs of the community; create an inventory of existing child care spaces; identify space creation targets over the next 10 years; and identify actions that can be taken to meet those space creation targets.   This funding is provided through the BC Ministry of Children and Family Development.

The Community Child Care Space Creation Program will award up to $1 million to successful local governments to create new licensed child care spaces within their own facilities for children aged 0-5, with a focus on spaces for infants and toddlers.  An estimated 1,370 spaces are to be created under the program.

This funding is provided through the Ministry of Children and Family Development under the Canada-British Columbia Early Learning and Child Care Agreement, which will provide a total of $153 million over three years to improve the delivery of child care services in BC.

The Program & Application Guide and Application Form are available on UBCM’s website.  For more information, contact Local Government Program Services at UBCM at 250-952-9177 or lgps@ubcm.ca

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