Child care is an emerging area for local governments. In 2021, with funding from the provincial government, UBCM hired project consultants to develop a guide for local governments: Stepping Stones: Child Care Planning Guides for BC’s Local Governments.
In 2018, UBCM and the Coalition of Child Care Advocates of BC worked together to better understand the child care needs in small, rural and remote communities in BC. The final report: Child Care Needs in Small, Rural and Remote Communities in British Columbia was delivered to the provincial government in an effort to influence policy and program development for child care in small, rural and remote communities.
From 2018-2021, UBCM offered two child care funding programs to better understand local child care needs and to develop new child care spaces in their communities. The Community Child Care Planning program provided funding for local governments to develop a community child care space creation action plan. The Community Child Care Space Creation Program awarded up to $1 million to successful local governments to create new licensed child care spaces within their own facilities. The program is now closed.