NDP MLA Mercier says more $10-a-Day child care spaces coming to Langley
LANGLEY – New Democrat MLA Andrew Mercier says families in Langley will save money on child care as a local child care site becomes $10-a-Day ChildCareBC site where fees are capped at a maximum of $200 a month per child.
“One of the best ways we can support young families is by providing accessible and affordable child care so that parents can pursue opportunities while knowing their children are being well cared-for. As Langley continues to grow, it’s great to see these 50 $10-a-day spaces at Sonshine Street Preschool and Child Care Centre,” said Andrew Mercier, MLA for Langley.
Sonshine Street Preschool and Child Care Centre in Langley is becoming a $10-a-Day ChildCareBC ChildCareBC site, which means 50 child care spaces will have fees dramatically reduced for parents.
Spaces in the $10-a-Day ChildCareBC 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 ChildCareBCChildCareBC sites and spaces: www.gov.bc.ca/childcare10aDaysites