Fraser Valley parents to benefit from new child care spaces

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Fraser Valley parents to benefit from new child care spaces

by ahnationtalk on March 3, 2021128 Views

March 3, 2021

CHILLIWACK – Families in the Fraser Valley will have access to almost 400 new licensed child care spaces as part of the Province’s ongoing commitment to increasing access to child care through the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.

“These new child-care spaces will be a wonderful resource for families as the Fraser Valley’s population continues to grow,” said Dan Coulter, MLA for Chilliwack. “We know that having accessible and available child care is a top priority for British Columbians, and that’s why it’s important that we’re seeing new spaces open up in communities across the province.”

The Childcare BC New Spaces Fund is supporting six projects that will create a total of 380 new licensed child care spaces in Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Mission and Maple Ridge. These spaces are part of the fastest creation of child care spaces in B.C.’s history and were part of the September 2020 milestone that marked more than 20,000 new spaces funded throughout the province in just over two years.

“These new child care spaces for families in the Fraser Valley are bringing us one step closer to delivering the quality, affordable and inclusive child care that all B.C. families deserve,” said Katrina Chen, Minister of State for Child Care. “Child care for families is key to B.C.’s economic recovery, and these new spaces will make it easier for parents, especially mothers who have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic, to return to work or school.”

Families will be able to access new child care spaces in the following communities:

  • Abbotsford – 143 spaces
  • Chilliwack – 138 spaces
  • Mission – 42 spaces
  • Maple Ridge – 57 spaces

“The district is very pleased to collaborate with the Province and Mission Association for Community Living in providing much needed preschool and after-school child care spaces in our community,” said Danny Plecas, acting mayor, District of Mission. “Time and time again, we hear the lack of spaces is a limiting factor in allowing parents to return to meaningful employment. This funding will be of great benefit to many families in Mission.”

An additional 4,110 spaces, funded through the 2017 Budget Update and the Early Learning and Child Care agreement with the Government of Canada, takes the total number of new, licensed spaces funded in B.C. to more than 24,500 since July 2017.

Quick Facts:

  • Since July 2018, more than 20,000 new licensed child care spaces have been funded in British Columbia, including 666 in Abbotsford, 422 in Chilliwack, 215 in Maple Ridge and 71 in Mission.
  • Throughout the province, the Childcare BC plan has helped parents save up to $1,600 a month per child through the Affordable Child Care Benefit and Child Care Fee Reduction Initiative.
  • As a result of these investments, parents in Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Maple Ridge and Mission have saved nearly $60 million on child care.
  • Early childhood educators in these communities have received over $3.2 million in wage enhancements.
  • Through B.C.’s combined affordability initiatives, more than 36,000 children have received child care for $10/day or less since the beginning of the Childcare BC plan.

Learn More:

For information on health and safety standards for child care during COVID-19, visit: www.gov.bc.ca/ChildCareCovid-19Response

Child care factsheet: https://news.gov.bc.ca/18430

To learn more about the Childcare BC New Spaces Fund, visit: www.gov.bc.ca/childcare/newspacesfund

For more about Childcare BC, visit: www.gov.bc.ca/childcare

For French, Chinese and Punjabi translations, visit: http://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2021CFD0021-000347#translations

A backgrounder follows.

Contact:

Ministry of Children and Family Development
Government Communications and Public Engagement
778 587-3237


BACKGROUNDER

Childcare BC New Spaces Fund creates more options for families

Learn more about the new child care spaces that are coming for families in Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Mission and Maple Ridge.

CEFA Early Learning Abbotsford – Highstreet (Abbotsford)
CEFA Early Learning Abbotsford – Highstreet is building a new, wheelchair-accessible child care facility that is scheduled to open in summer 2021. CEFA Early Learning is an educational method designed to provide an academic, social, emotional and physical education for every child. The centre will create a total of 143 new licensed child care spaces, including 48 spaces for infants and toddlers and 96 spaces for children aged three years to kindergarten. Child care staff will be able to offer support for children and parents in Cantonese, Mandarin, Hindi, Punjabi, French, Korean, Vietnamese and Portuguese.

Skowkale First Nation Child Care Facility (Chilliwack)
The Skowkale First Nation is building a new child care facility and outdoor playground that are expected to open in spring 2022. The centre will create a total of 44 new licensed child care spaces, including nine spaces for infants and toddlers, 16 spaces for children aged three years to kindergarten and 19 school-age spaces. Programming will focus on community, culture, language and nature, with all children receiving a breakfast and lunch focused on traditional foods.

Fraser River CEC-Centre of Early Childhood Development & Family Services (Chilliwack)
Operated by the Fraser River CEC-Centre of Early Childhood Development & Family Services, the new child care centre will offer a total of 82 licensed child care spaces that are scheduled to open in September 2021. The new centre includes 28 spaces for infants and toddlers, 24 spaces for children aged three years to kindergarten and 30 school-age spaces. The centre has established a Family Resource Hub for families that includes programs for Indigenous families, young parents, children with support needs, new immigrant and refugee families, and low-income families.

Tadpole Academy Childcare Centre (Chilliwack)
Tadpole Academy is constructing a new modular that will add 12 new licensed child care spaces for infants and toddlers, bringing the total number of spaces to 36. The modular is expected to be completed by September 2021. All staff have completed cultural competency training and can speak with families in English, Urdu, Punjabi, Hindi and Filipino.

Little Willows Silver Valley (Maple Ridge)
In spring 2021, Little Willows Silver Valley will open a new child care centre that will offer 57 new licensed spaces for local families. The centre will have 12 spaces for infants and toddlers, 25 spaces for children aged three years to kindergarten and 20 preschool and school-age spaces. Activities include visiting local community gardens, volunteering at the Fraser Valley Feline Adoption Centre and joining in community clean-up initiatives.

Early Years Childcare (Mission)
The District of Mission is building a new child care centre that is set to open in July 2022. The Mission Association for Community Living will operate the facility, which will give local parents access to 42 new licensed child care spaces, including 12 spaces for children aged three years to kindergarten and 30 school-age spaces. The centre will also help children access nutritious food, safe shelter, health care and will support any children experiencing hardships or homelessness. Plans include working with Future 4 Nations Aboriginal Head Start, the Mission Friendship Centre and Siwal Si’wes Advisory Committee to develop pathways to support children and their families.

Contact:

Ministry of Children and Family Development
Government Communications and Public Engagement
778 587-3237
Connect with the Province of B.C. at: news.gov.bc.ca/connect

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