Monday, June 8, 2015
The Best Start
MLA Throness secures funding for new child care spaces
Released by the BC Gov't Caucus/Handout photo
s part of Child Care Month in B.C., the provincial government is investing $416,163 under the BC Early Years Strategy to create 28 new licensed child-care spaces for families in southwestern B.C.
Southern Stl’atl’imx Health Society will use the funding to
construct a new facility dedicated to children and family
development. The Xa’Xtsa Early Childhood Development and Family Hub
will be located in Tipella, and will provide 10 preschool spaces, 10
school-age spaces and eight multi-age spaces for the community.
“Enhancing early childhood development and family services in remote
communities is a priority for our government,” said West
Vancouver-Sea to Sky MLA Jordan Sturdy. “These programs teach
children to interact and socialize and forge a path to future
success. This project will help families in Tipella build healthy
relationships and support systems within the community, and I’m very
pleased we are able to provide this financial support.”
In January 2015, the provincial government encouraged child-care providers to apply for the second round of major capital funding to create new licensed child-care spaces throughout B.C. These new spaces are part of government’s commitment to support the creation of more than 2,000 new spaces by March 2016.
Non-profit child-care providers could apply for up to $500,000, while private child-care providers could apply for up to $250,000. Priority was given to applications for child-care spaces in underserved areas of B.C. and on school grounds, where children can smoothly transition from early years programs, to the classroom, to after-school care.
This investment marks the second phase of major capital funding for child-care providers, and will allow them to:
The provincial government is now in the process of working with child-care providers to sign project agreements that include the specific requirements that providers have identified for each site, such as the need to lease or buy property, obtain local zoning permits and hire contractors to renovate the sites. The Southern Stl’atl’imx Health Society hopes to have construction of the Xa’Xtsa Early Childhood Development and Family Hub underway before the end of the summer.
The BC Early Years Strategy is an eight-year government commitment to improve the accessibility, affordability and quality of early-years programs and services for families with young children. For more information on the Child Care Major Capital Funding Program visit: www.mcf.gov.bc.ca/childcare/major_capital.htm
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