Story by BCNDP Caucus
LANGLEY– New Democrat MLA Megan Dykeman says families in Langley will save money on child care as a local child care site becomes a $10 a Day ChildCareBC site where fees are capped at a maximum of $200 a month per child.
“Affordable child care benefits everyone in British Columbia, and more $10-a-day spaces will make a huge difference in the lives of families,” said Megan Dykeman, MLA for Langley-East. “By working to bring down child care costs, we’re giving parents the opportunity to return to work or further their education, while providing children a nurturing start to their educational journey.”
Fort Langley Childcare Society is becoming a $10 a Day ChildCareBC site, which means 54 child care spaces will have fees dramatically reduced for parents. The society will convert 20 spaces for ages three years old to kindergarten, and 34 school-aged spaces, located on school grounds.
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.
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