RICHMOND – As part of Child Care Month in B.C., the Province is investing $113,593.47 under the B.C. Early Years Strategy to create 12 new licensed child-care spaces in Colourful World Montessori Daycare Centre for families in Richmond, announced Richmond-East MLA Linda Reid.

The 12 newly funded spaces are center-based group child care spaces for children from birth to 36 months (infants and toddlers). Each space is at an average provincial cost/space of $9466.

“We are very excited to offer more child care options within our community. The capital funding provided to child care centers will help narrow the gap for families waiting to get their children into a licensed child care facility,” says Jennifer Ang, Director of Colourful World Montessori Ltd. “With these additional licensed child care spaces, parents can keep their infants and toddlers together within the same center and make things easier for families in BC.”

In November 2015, the Province encouraged child-care providers to apply for the third phase 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 13,000 new spaces by 2020.

Non-profit child-care providers applied for up to $500,000, while private child-care providers could apply for up to $250,000. Priority was given to applications to create 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 third phase of child-care major capital funding, and will allow child-care providers to:

  • Build a new child care facility, including the cost of buying land or a building.
  • Purchase and assemble a modular building and develop a site.
  • Renovate an existing building.
  • Buy eligible equipment (including playground equipment) and furnishings as part of the above activities to support new child-care spaces in an existing facility.

The Province 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 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 about child care in B.C. please visit www.mcf.gov.bc.ca/childcare