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November 1, 2022 at 9:39 am  Politics, Provincial

RICHMOND – New Democrat MLA Kelly Greene says families in Richmond will save money on child care as local child care sites become $10 a Day ChildCareBC sites where fees are capped at a maximum of $200 a month per child.

“For too long, families have had to make sacrifices in order to ensure their children have adequate care,” says Kelly Greene, MLA for Richmond-Steveston. “By making childcare more accessible and affordable, more parents will be able to pursue their education and their careers knowing their child is thriving.”

The following child care sites in Richmond are becoming $10 a Day ChildCareBC sites, which means a total of 89 child care spaces will have fees dramatically reduced for parents:

  • Little Friends Childcare Centre
  • Little Wings Daycare

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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