Local MLA Nicholas Simons welcomes child care pilot project sites in Sechelt and Gibsons

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VICTORIA – New Democrat MLA Nicholas Simons is welcoming new child care investments for Tiny Tots Daycare in West Sechelt and Espirit Daycare in Gibsons. Thirty-five families will benefit from funded child care spaces with fees capped at $200 per month or eliminated altogether.

The initiative is part of a B.C. government pilot project that will deliver $10-a-day (or less) child care to parents. Child care providers participating in the pilot will receive government funding to cover their operational and administrative costs, and in return, fees will be eliminated or capped at a maximum of $200 per month.

“Our government is following through with our promise to deliver affordable, quality child care and these two pilot sites will help make life more affordable for dozens of families on the coast,” said Simons. “For too long families on the lower Sunshine Coast have been struggling with exorbitant child care costs. Today’s announcement marks our next step to make universal child care a reality for B.C. families.”

Tiny Tots Daycare and Espirit Daycare are just two of the 53 organizations across the province that will be participating in the pilot project to deliver universal, affordable child care. This funding is a part of the B.C. government’s $60 million Early Learning and Child Care (ELCC) agreement with the Government of Canada.

Minister of State for Child Care Katrina Chen will be visiting Tiny Tots Daycare in West Sechelt on Tuesday November 13, 2018 from 9:00-9:30am.

For more information: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2018CFD0092-002172