RICHMOND – New Democrat MLAs Kelly Greene, Henry Yao and Aman Singh 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.
“I know that having access to affordable child care makes a real difference for families,” says Kelly Greene, MLA for Richmond-Steveston. “By creating $10 a Day child care spaces like the ones at Seasong Childcare Centre in my riding, we are continuing our commitment to supporting families, which strengthens our communities.”
The following child care sites in Richmond are becoming $10 a Day ChildCareBC sites, which means a total of 124 child care spaces will have fees dramatically reduced for parents:
Seasong Child Care Centre
Cook Road Children’s Centre
West Cambie Children’s Centre
“Part of building a stronger B.C. is setting families up for success,” says Henry Yao, MLA for Richmond South Centre. “Our government is investing in $10 a Day childcare, which gives parents, mostly women, the option to return to work and pursue their passions while helping our community economically recover from the pandemic.”
This increases the number of $10 a Day ChildCareBC spaces available for families across the province, from 2,500 when the program began in 2018, to more than 6,500. Through a partnership with the Government of Canada, the number of $10 a Day ChildCareBC spaces in the province will more than double again to 12,500 by December 2022.
“As a parent, I’ve learned first-hand the challenges of accessing childcare while balancing a career,” says Aman Singh, MLA for Richmond-Queensborough. “$10 a Day childcare spaces give more families the opportunity to pursue their careers and education while their kids are learning and playing in a nurturing environment.”
In addition to $10 a Day child care spaces, the BC New Democrat government is helping tens of thousands of families save as much as $1,600 a month on child care through the Child Care Fee Reduction Initiative and the Affordable Child Care Benefit.
By the end of this year, the average rate of child care will be reduced by 50% from 2019 levels for children five and younger.
For more information on the $10 a Day ChildCareBC sites and spaces: www.gov.bc.ca/childcare10aDaysites