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November 1, 2022 at 3:23 pm  Politics, Provincial

Surrey – New Democrat MLA Jinny Sims says families in Surrey will save money on child care as a local child care site becomes a $10 a Day ChildCareBC site where fees are capped at a maximum of $200 a month per child.

“Accessible child care is an essential resource for people in a growing city such as Surrey,” said Jinny Sims, MLA for Surrey-Panorama. “The previous government treated child care as a luxury for far too long, and our government is supporting families by continuing to create new spaces in our communities“.

Young Climbers Childcare in Surrey is becoming a $10 a Day ChildCareBC site, which means 108 child care spaces will have fees dramatically reduced for parents.

Spaces in the $10 a Day ChildCareBC program reduce the average cost of child care from $1,000 a month at participating facilities (for full-time, centre-based infant care) to $200 a month, saving families approximately $800 a month per child on average. The newly approved $10-a-day spaces are being offered at 18 child care centres throughout British Columbia and include 304 spaces for infants and toddlers, 552 spaces for children two and a half years old to kindergarten age, 385 spaces for school-age children and 132 preschool spaces. These additional spaces bring the total number of $10 a Day spaces in B.C. to 8,190.

In addition to these spaces, the Province, with federal funding support, is helping parents with the cost of child care at centres that are not part of the $10-a-day program through child care fee reductions of up to $550 more per month per child. These savings, which kick in on December 1st, are in addition to the $350 per month per child that families have been saving through the Child Care Fee Reduction Initiative since 2018, and approximately 69,000 families will benefit.

For more information on the $10 a Day ChildCareBC sites and spaces: www.gov.bc.ca/childcare10aDaysites

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