NDP MLAs say more $10 a Day child care spaces coming to Richmond

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New Democrat MLAs Kelly Greene, Aman Singh, and Henry Yao say families in Richmond will save money on child care as local child care sites become $10 a Day ChildCareBC sites where fees are capped at a maximum of $200 a month per child.

“By creating $10 a Day childcare spaces, not only will children receive quality childcare, but parents will have more money in their family budget each month,” says Kelly Greene, MLA for Richmond-Steveston. “When we reduce barriers to accessing childcare, we’re strengthening communities like Richmond.”

The following child care sites in Richmond are becoming $10 a Day ChildCareBC sites, which means a total of 179 child care spaces will have fees dramatically reduced for parents:

  • Baby Steps Infant & Toddler Care – 10 spaces
  • Terra Nova Children’s Centre – 25 spaces
  • Cranberry Children’s Society – 34 spaces
  • Gardens Children’s Centre – 37 spaces
  • Bowling Green Road Children’s Centre – 49 spaces
  • Riverside Child Development Centre – 24 spaces

“With $10 a Day childcare spaces, families will have more affordable options for childcare, and I know the difference this makes for our entire community,” Aman Singh, MLA for Richmond-Queensborough. “This is another step in our Government’s work to deliver on affordable, quality childcare, and we look forward to delivering more results.”

Spaces in the $10 a Day ChildCareBC program reduce the average cost of child care from $1,000 a month at participating facilities (for full-time, centre-based infant care) to $200 a month, saving families approximately $800 a month per child on average. The newly approved $10-a-day spaces are being offered at 61 child care centres throughout B.C., bringing the total number of $10 a Day spaces in B.C. to nearly 11,000.

“As a parent, I understand the challenges people face when accessing childcare while balancing a career and other life demands,” says Henry Yao, MLA for Richmond South Centre. “By expanding $10 a Day childcare, we’re reducing costs while providing the same high quality care, so that parents can pursue other opportunities with peace of mind.”

In addition to these spaces, the Province, with federal funding support, is helping approximately 69,000 families with the cost of child care at centres that are not part of the $10-a-day program through child care fee reductions of up to $550 more per month per child. These savings, which kicked in on Dec. 1, 2022, are in addition to the $350 per month per child that families have been saving through the Child Care Fee Reduction Initiative since 2018.

For more information on the $10 a Day ChildCareBC sites and spaces: www.gov.bc.ca/childcare10aDaysites