$10 a day Prototypes a Huge Success

1. Bowen's Kinderhaus selected for $10 a day daycare

Parents said it was like winning the lottery on Bowen. Click here for article...

2. Houston parents to pay $10 a day for daycare

Beanstalk coordinator says this will make a "huge difference" to local families. Click here for article...

3. Penticton childcare facility lands provincial funding; $10-a-day costs for parents

Parents of more than 100 children in Penticton will have their childcare costs drastically reduced. Click here for story...

4. FOULDS: Spend lots now, save much more later.

The announcement last week was life-changing for families of 117 kids in Kamloops... Click here for article...

5. Universal childcare in Kelowna off to a good start

Kelowna’s Little Scholars seeing positive results from B.C government’s $10-a-day project. Click here for article...

6. 'Like winning the lottery': $10-a-day child care to be tested at 8 Vancouver Island locations

Parents on Vancouver Island are ecstatic after the B.C. government announced it will begin testing out $10-a-day child care at more than 50 facilities around the province. Click here for the article...

7. West Shore parents relieved as Highlands daycare joins $10-a-day pilot

Lexie’s Little Bears’ Child Care Inc. is one of two Victoria daycares selected for this provincial pilot. Read more here...

8. B.C. announces new $10/day child care at 53 daycare facilities

The B.C. NDP government is taking steps to make good on its election promise of affordable, universal child care. Read more here...

9. Two North Okanagan daycares move to $10-a-day pilot

Roughly 2,500 parents who are existing clients will now pay a maximum of $200 per month. Read more here...

10. Revelstoke’s Stepping Stones child care selected to deliver universal, low-cost child care

Caregivers will pay no more than $200 a month per child. Read more here...

11. B.C. starts testing $10-a-day child-care program for 1,800 children across the province

The B.C. government is testing a program that will provide families across the province with $10 per day child care. Read more...

12. Families welcome $200 monthly child care fees in ‘life-changing’ pilot project

“I’ve had families, parents contact me who are in tears. They are so happy about the difference it’s going to make for their families,” Read more...

13. Updated: $10 a day for three Coquitlam child care centres

Parents to get subsidies to reduce the cost of care in provincial pilot. Read more here...

14. Low-cost child care pilot expanded in North Vancouver

Families of all 37 kids at Novaco daycare in Norgate will pay a maximum of $200 per month. Read more...

15. Comox child care centre among $10 a day prototypes

Government rolls out universal child care project, using 53 centres in pilot project. Read more...

16. Squamish's Discovery Kids Childcare selected for $10-a-day pilot project

B.C. launches $10-a-day daycare project at 53 sites across the province. Read more...

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Policy Brief: Child Care Access in BC — What’s Working (and What’s Worrying)

PART 2 OF 4 POLICY BRIEFING NOTES • FALL 2018

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$10aDay Child Care Recommendations for BC Budget 2019

Our submission to the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services

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The Lengths Some Parents Must Go To...

The lengths some Kamloops parents must go just to secure daycare

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Op/Ed Progress on Child Care in BC

In just 14 months BC’s still-new government has taken bold steps to address the child care chaos.

Finally, after 16 years of inaction on child care under previous governments, we’re now seeing substantial improvements. Based largely on the evidence-based $10aDay Child Care Plan, government is lowering parent fees, raising educator wages and education, and creating more licensed spaces.

Thanks to years of advocacy - from parents, grandparents, educators, and employers across the province – all of our elected officials now know how important quality, affordable child care is for BC children, families, communities and our economy.

Here are highlights of the BC government’s steps to date:

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Policy Brief: Child Care Affordability in BC — What’s Working (and What’s Worrying)

PART 1 OF 4 POLICY BRIEFING NOTES • FALL 2018

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Letter to Minister of State Katrina Chen

September 21, 2018

Honourable Katrina Chen
Minister of State for Child Care
PO Box 9057 STN PROV GOVT
Victoria, BC V8V 9E2

Dear Minister of State Chen:

Recently we have been contacted by parents and child care providers expressing concern about:

  1. Child care fees that, from their perspective, are increasing substantially – despite their program’s participation in the Child Care Fee Reduction Initiative (FRI)
  2. Licensed programs that may be closing, for various publicly-stated reasons.  

In the past, we alerted you to individual cases of unusual fee increases in Nanaimo that came to our attention. We are now hearing of large fee increases in other communities, typically in for-profit operations, which have resulted in no, or minimal, fee reductions for families.

Ministry staff have advised they are monitoring the situation closely, and find these are isolated situations. We hope that remains true for both unusual fee increases and program closures.

Certainly, we’ve been hearing lots of concerns about fee increases and program closures for many years. However, unlike the previous government, your government is making significant investments in lowering parent fees and increasing licensed spaces, so it’s essential to ensure that your child care priorities are not undermined.  In addition to the policies and accountability mechanisms already in place, we recommend that government take proactive steps to reduce the possibility of these situations arising, follow-up on individual concerns, and take action where appropriate and necessary.  

Click here to download a PDF version of the letter to Minister Chen

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CKNW Radio Interview

Listen to $10aDay researcher Lynell Anderson CGA CPA, along with Shannon Newman-Bennett being interviewed by Lynda Steele on CKNW radio. They're discussing recent changes to child care in BC...click here

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Child Care in the News

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Province Launches Affordable Child Care Benefit

BC Government takes one more step towards affordable child care in BC!

Parent fees eliminated for most families earning less than $45,000 annually with children under age 3 in licensed child care – as recommended in the $10aDay Child Care Plan.


Building on the BC government’s recent Child Care Fee Reduction Initiative - which is saving families of more than 50,000 young children up to $350 monthly for licensed child care - effective September 1, 2018 government’s new Affordable Child Care Benefit provides even more affordability relief for more families. Through a streamlined, on-line application process, families with annual incomes of $45,000 or less will receive the full benefit, up to the cost of care, and those who make up to $111,000 will receive a
portion, scaled according to income.


“Joyful and excited are some of the words I’d use to describe the responses we’ve heard from families already” reports Sharon Gregson, Spokesperson for the $10aDay Plan. “They’ve used government’s online calculator, and are now anticipating more fee relief. So it’s important to ensure that families are aware of this benefit.”

However, while increasing income-tested subsides can provide affordability relief in the short term, it is not the way to build or fund a child care system over time. It’s not the way we fund schools, libraries, hospitals or other BC early learning programs like Strong Start. It isn’t even the way we fund programs at community centres, where user fees are often reduced or waived for people with economic or other barriers while everyone else pays the same. Public funds cover the difference.

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