SURREY – As part of Child-Care Month in British Columbia, the provincial government is investing more than $1.22 million under the B.C. Early Years Strategy to create 280 new licensed child-care spaces at six facilities for families in Surrey.
“There are more than 300 babies born in Surrey every month. That coupled with approximately 800 people moving into our community every 30 days makes Surrey the fastest growing city in B.C.”, said Surrey Cloverdale MLA Stephanie Cadieux. “Combine those stats with a booming local economy and you see why we have to build the social infrastructure families need in order work, live and thrive in our neighbourhoods. “Access to quality licensed child care is fundamental to what helps make Surrey a desired community to call home for many.”
Twenty-four spaces are being created at Kids Zone Child Care Centre; 44 at Smilestones Junior Kindergarten North Surrey; 28 at Smilestones Junior Kindergarten South Surrey; 12 at Kinvig Out of School Care; 75 at Progressive Intercultural Services (PICS) Child Care Centre; and 97 at StrongStart Children’s Learning Centre.
“PICS is delighted to soon be able to offer local parents 75 additional multi-age child-care spaces for their children. This half-a-million dollars in funding to our organization will help us build on the quality services we provide to our diverse Surrey client base,” said Devinder Chattha, Director of Progressive Intercultural Services. “Parents always want to see additional resources being directed towards child-care and we welcome this support from the provincial government.”
In November 2015, the provincial government encouraged child-care providers to apply for the third phase of major capital funding to create new licensed child-care spaces throughout B.C. These new spaces are part of government’s commitment to support the creation of 13,000 new spaces by 2020.
“You know when you‘ve struck gold with your child care as a parent when it’s tougher for you to leave your little one behind than it is for them,” said Surrey Panorama MLA Marvin Hunt. “Creating licensed child care that is staffed by well -trained providers is part of making sure those drop-offs in the mornings and pick-ups at night are easy and become good family memories.”
Non-profit child-care providers applied for up to $500,000, while private child-care providers could apply for up to $250,000. Priority was given to applications to create child-care spaces in underserved areas of B.C. and on school grounds, where children can smoothly transition from early years programs, to the classroom, to after-school care.
This investment marks the third phase of child-care major capital funding, and will allow child-care providers to:
- Build a new child care facility, including the cost of buying land or a building.
- Purchase and assemble a modular building and develop a site.
- Renovate an existing building.
- Buy eligible equipment (including playground equipment) and furnishings as part of the above activities to support new child-care spaces in an existing facility.
The provincial government is now in the process of working with child-care providers to sign project agreements that include the specific requirements that providers have identified for each site, such as the need to lease or buy property, obtain local zoning permits and hire contractors to renovate the sites.
The BC Early Years Strategy is an eight-year government commitment to improve the accessibility, affordability and quality of early-years programs and services for families with young children.
For more information about child care in B.C. please visit www.mcf.gov.bc.ca/childcare.
BC Government Caucus
Backgrounder – 280 new licensed child-care spaces announced for Surrey
Surrey Child Care Funding by Facility
|Facility Name||Provincial Funding||Number of Spaces||Type
– Under 36 months
|Type -Group Care for ages 3-5||Type – Pre-school ages 3-5||Type – Outside school hours or non-school days||Type – Multi-age|
|StrongStart Children’s Learning Centre||$250,000.00||97||8||25||25||39|
|Smilestones Junior Kindergarten South Surrey||$170,595.50||28||12||16|
|Smilestones Junior Kindergarten North Surrey||$73,640.81||44||12||32|
|PICS Child Care Centre||$500,000.00||75||75|
|Kids Zone Child Care Centre #2||$68,172.46||24||24|