DAWSON CREEK – As part of Child Care Month in B.C., the B.C. government is investing $364,991.51 under the B.C. Early Years Strategy to create 20 new licensed childcare spaces at Campus Kids Daycare Society in Dawson Creek.

The spaces are for children up to 36 months old.

“With lots of families with young children in our region, it’s important that families have access to childcare,” Peace River South MLA Mike Bernier said. “This government is committed to creating opportunities where young children can smoothly transition from childcare to school.”

In November 2015, the B.C. government encouraged childcare providers to apply for the third phase of major capital funding to create new licensed childcare spaces throughout B.C. These new spaces are part of government’s commitment to support the creation of 13,000 new spaces by 2020.

This investment marks the third phase of childcare major capital funding, and will allow child-care providers to:

• Build a new childcare 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 B.C. government is now working with childcare 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 B.C. 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 childcare in B.C., visit www.mcf.gov.bc.ca/childcare.