Investments through ChildCareBC’s New Spaces Fund are helping to create more than 290 new childcare spaces for school-age children and enabling more Surrey families to access licensed childcare spaces on school grounds, with upcoming more.
“I’m delighted that hundreds of Surrey children will have childcare on school grounds, which will make life easier for busy parents and give them the peace of mind of knowing their children are in one place for the day, with one drop-off and pick-up location Grace Lohr, Minister of State for Children’s Care, said. “By working with school districts, we are building a future where affordable, quality and inclusive child care is a core service that families can rely on through ChildCareBC.”
The new nursery rooms for school-aged children are located in nine primary schools in Surrey. There are still places available. The Surrey School District received approximately $186,000 through the ChildCareBC New Spaces Fund to support the creation of child care on school grounds.
“Schools are the heart of their communities and investments like childcare on school grounds help support families,” said Rachna Singh, Minister for Education and Childcare. “We have made historic investments in Surrey and are committed to continuing to work with the area to create schools that serve the unique needs of their communities.”
Since 2018, the province has provided funding to create 2,842 new licensed childcare facilities in Surrey. In 2022-23, a new provincial ChildCareBC New Spaces Fund funding stream was introduced to support the creation of new, licensed school-age childcare on school grounds.
These funds are available to school districts, First Nations schools, First Nations independent schools and not-for-profit independent schools to ensure child care spaces are built where they are most needed. Parents with children in licensed school-age facilities will save up to $145 a month on child care fees from the Child Care Fee Reduction Initiative in September 2023, when the fee reductions are extended.
“As a working parent, having access to before and after school care at my child’s school is invaluable. My child is having a great time in the program and is in an environment she trusts and feels safe,” said Supneet Kaur Chawla, parent. “We need more investments like this in our community and I’d like to thank the provincial government for investing in our school and ensuring that families in our community have access to child care.”
Together, the province and the Government of Canada are investing nearly $300 million to fund the creation of new licensed child care spaces in high-need areas across the province. Applications for the New Spaces Fund are being accepted and applicants may continue to apply for this open intake based on available budget. Since 2018, the province has invested $2.7 billion in ChildCareBC’s 10-year plan to build affordable, inclusive and quality child care, with more than 30,500 new child care spaces funded to create.
Ginny Sims, MLA for Surrey-Panorama –
“For too long, investment in childcare has simply not been a priority. We make different choices. These new spaces in nine different Surrey schools are a great example of our childcare investment in action – helping to create quality school-age childcare spaces for Surrey families that are accessible and conveniently located.”
Laurie Larsen, Chair of the Surrey Board of Education –
“Access to high-quality, affordable child care is critical for many families in our area. These investments will support families with childcare needs, build community connectivity and improve the overall health and well-being of our community. On behalf of our board, I would like to thank the province and our child care operators for supporting our area in providing this important service to families in our area.”
Kathy Poole, Vice President, Child and Youth Services, YMCA BC (formerly YMCA of Greater Vancouver) –
“The YMCA applauds the Province of British Columbia’s continued commitment to providing quality child care to deserving families. This is no more evident than the ChildCareBC New Spaces Fund, which has enabled the YMCA to grow our childcare services across British Columbia. Through our continued partnership with the Province of British Columbia and the Surrey School District, the YMCA and our team of professional educators are excited to bring a new childcare center to Surrey and provide even more children with healthy and happy experiences.”
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Parents/guardians interested in registering their child can go online at: https://onehsn.com/ymcagv/ux_2_0
For more information on the ChildCareBC New Spaces Fund school-age childcare guidelines:
For more information about ChildCareBC, visit: www.gov.bc.ca/childcare
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