As part of Child Care Month in B.C., the Contact Women’s Group Society will be benefiting from $787,191 in funding under the BC Early Years Strategy to create 55 new licensed child-care spaces for families in Williams Lake, announced MLA Donna Barnett.

“Many parents rely on child-care and children of all ages are entitled to a safe and nurturing environment”, said Cariboo-Chilcotin MLA Donna Barnett. “This funding will help strengthen the care provided and services offered at Kidcare Daycare while helping meeting the ongoing demand for child-care spaces in Williams Lake and throughout the province.”

“Our government is committed to creating opportunities where young children can smoothly transition from child care to school and foster learning to help them reach their full potential,” said Cariboo North MLA Coralee Oakes. “The funding provided plays an important role in continuing to support healthy child development in our community and beyond.”

Kidcare Daycare, is an Infant Toddler Young Parent focused daycare in Williams Lake that provides care for children. The centre, located at 1045 Western Avenue aims to uniquely meet the needs of the community by responding to the evolving needs of parents outside of traditional business hours.

With 55 new targeted for school grounds – 16 (group 3-5), 15 (group school age), and 24 (group multi-age), the current project is being built on School District 27 property, and is adjacent to both Nesika Elementary and Lake City Secondary School.

As part of its commitment under the B.C. Early Years Strategy, the B.C. government is supporting the creation of more than 2,000 new licensed child care spaces throughout the province by March 2016, with a goal – over the next eight years – of creating 13,000 new licensed child-care spaces.

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 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 second phase of child-care major capital funding rolling out, 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 to support new child-care spaces in an existing facility.

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 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