SURREY– The Province is investing nearly $1.5 million under the BC Early Years Strategy to create 694 new licensed child-care spaces for families in Surrey.
“The Child Care Major Capital Program focuses on projects that will create spaces in areas of greatest need,” said MLA for Surrey-Cloverdale and Minister for Children and Family Development, Stephanie Cadieux. “In Surrey, 87% of the new spaces will be for children under the age of five, which will help support parents as they re-enter the workforce.”
“Surrey is one of the fastest growing communities in Canada, welcoming about 1000 new residents each month,” said MLA for Surrey-Panorama, Marvin Hunt. “Child care is in high demand here, and these new spaces will be welcome additions for many local parents who need quality care for their children.”
“Our growing community has so many families looking for child care, and it has been difficult to turn them away when they ask for spaces at Elms School House,” said Nadin Elkhalil, Founder of the Elms Academy and School House. “We’re so thankful to be able to now take pivotal steps by offering an exceptional 40 new spaces that will benefit the unique needs of the children in the Fraser Valley community. We look forward to being able to open our doors to new families in early Fall 2016.”
The following organizations are receiving funding to create new licensed child-care spaces in Surrey:
- BrightStart Children’s Academy Ltd.: $250,000 to create 24 infant/toddler spaces, 32 spaces for children aged 3-5, 20 preschool spaces, and 24 school-aged spaces.
- CamRose Early Learning Inc.: $223,595 to create 24 infant/toddler spaces and 24 spaces for children aged 3-5.
- Central City Jr. Kindergarten Ltd.: $162,897 to create 12 infant/toddler spaces and 24 spaces for children aged 3-5.
- Elms Academy Ltd.: $92,787 to create 40 spaces for children aged 3-5 at Elms School House.
- GCA Education Services: $21,880 to create 12 infant/toddler spaces, 8 group preschool spaces and 8 school-aged spaces at Wise Owl Montessori Academy.
- JW Westcoast Properties: $211,500 to create 36 infant/toddler spaces and 50 spaces for children aged 3-5 at New Beginnings Early Learning Centre.
- Kids & Company Corporate Child Care Services: $500,000 for two projects:
- $250,000 to create 60 infant/toddler spaces and 41 spaces for children aged 3-5 at its Morgan Crossing location.
- $250,000 to create 36 infant/toddler spaces and 24 spaces for children aged 3-5 at its King George Surrey location.
- SLC Learning Centres Inc.: $250,000 to create 36 infant/toddler spaces and 48 spaces for children aged 3-5 at the Creative Kids Learning Center in Newton.
- Strong Foundations Early Learning: $169,768 to create 40 infant/toddler spaces, 25 spaces for children aged 3-5, 16 preschool spaces and 12 school-aged spaces in the Peninsula Village Mall complex.
- Wind and Tide Child Development Centre Ltd.: $83,147 to create 18 spaces for children aged 3-5 at its Wind and Tide – Relate location.
In January 2015, the Province encouraged child-care providers to apply for the second round 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 more than 1,000 new spaces by March 2016.Non-profit child-care providers could apply 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 second phase of child-care major capital funding rolling out, 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 to support new child-care spaces in an existing facility.
The Province 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 on the Child Care Major Capital Funding Program, visit:www.mcf.gov.bc.ca/childcare/major_capital.htm