Four daycare centres in North part of low-cost pilot project

Some parents in Prince George, Quesnel, Burns Lake and Houston are taking advantage of the province’s $10/day child care plan.

Parents with children attending the YMCA Highland Development Centre in Prince George, Ruby’s Place Family Daycare in Quesnel, Little Angels Daycare in Burns Lake and the Beanstalk Childcare Centre in Houston can take advantage of the B.C. government’s universal child care prototype project.

“The YMCA Highland Development Centre is a community hub for many Prince George families, including francophones, providing inclusive child care and services to children with extra support needs,” said Katrina Chen, Minister of State for Child Care.

This funding will allow the YMCA Highland Development Centre to offer 84 low-cost licensed child care spaces to parents in Prince George. In all, parents of approximately 2,500 children will benefit from the pilot project.

The facility is strategically located in an area where children are recognized to be vulnerable and it was built with the intent of providing one stop for families, to allow children to see their siblings throughout the day and enable parents and children to build meaningful relationships with the staff.

Ruby’s Place Family Daycare incorporates language and music arts into its regular programming, including Indigenous cultural activities. Ruby’s Place strives to create strong, long-lasting family connections within the community.

Little Angels Daycare is run by Burns Lake Band and offers opportunities for children to take part in cultural activities, such as drumming, dancing and learning their traditional language. The centre also offers care to children with extra support needs by providing early intervention services with speech therapists, occupational therapists and physiotherapists to families who may need these supports.

The Beanstalk Childcare Centre incorporates Indigenous books, art and language into its daily programming to help children learn about local Indigenous culture. In addition, the centre offers fully inclusive child care, with services available to children who may have extra support needs. Beanstalk is the only licensed child care facility in the community.

Parents who are not accessing these low-cost spaces may still be eligible for support through the Affordable Child Care Benefit, which provides up to $1,250 per child a month for families with an annual income of $111,000 or less. Families using licensed child care may also see savings through the Child Care Fee Reduction, which has so far helped to reduce the cost of almost 52,000 child care spaces around the province.