Thirteen child care sites on Vancouver Island are being welcomed into the $10 a day childcare program, including sites in Campbell River and Courtenay.
The spaces are a part of the province’s plan to convert 3,750 licenced child care spaces into low-cost spaces for families. Families will not have to spend more than $200 per month on child care, per child at these sites.
Sixty new spaces will be added to Campbell River at the Forest Circle Society for Families. They include 20 infant-toddler spaces at Cari’s Infant and Toddler Centre. Forty more spaces are also added, with 16 for infant-toddler and 24 for three years old to kindergarten.
The spaces add to the 187 spaces at Christian Life Children’s Centre Society, announced in February.
In the Comox Valley, Today ‘N’ Tomorrow Learning Society will have 19 spaces for three years old to kindergarten age, and 24 infant-toddler spaces.
Today ‘N’ Tomorrow Learning Society executive director Natalie Robinson said they are excited to help more children and families in the area.
“We were thrilled to be able to share the news of enormous savings with our families,” she said. “As an organization that offers spaces from birth to five years old and operates a young parent program, we feel very fortunate to have been chosen because this will greatly affect many of our parents all the way up until their children attend kindergarten.”
NDP MLA Michele Babchuk said the extra spaces are an exciting announcement for Campbell River.
“Childcare is good for families, businesses, communities, and especially kids,” said Babchuk. “I’m excited that we’re able to announce even more $10 a day spaces, helping families afford a good start for their children while giving parents the opportunity to rejoin the workforce and support our community and economy.”
Along with spaces added on the South Island, it brings the number of childcare spaces to more than 6,500 in the province.
The government says they’re planning to have 12,500 by December 2022.