A new child care facility to be built in Sooke is receiving provincial funding as a part of a recent government initiative. Almosthome Childcare/Preschool will receive $235,000 to create 37 spaces – 12 spaces for infants and toddlers and 25 spaces for children aged three to five years.
This organization recently received the go-ahead nod from Sooke and BC Highways, and will be building their new facilities at 5229 Sooke Road.
Almosthome Childcare/Preschool is one of 52 communities throughout British Columbia that will benefit from 103 projects underway to create more than 3,800 child-care spaces. This $33-million investment is focusing on areas of greatest need, including:
- infant and toddler spaces;
- spaces on school grounds or co-located in a community hub;
- inclusive spaces in child-development centres;
- Indigenous child-care spaces; and employer-based spaces.
More than half of these spaces are being delivered by non-profit organizations, and 20% are from Indigenous child-care providers.
The Province is working with successful proponents to establish funding agreements. Construction and renovations for the majority of the approved projects are expected to begin shortly. However, each site’s timelines for completion will differ, depending on their individual proposal requirements.
Almosthome Childcare/Preschool will accommodate a maximum of 42 children from two separate age groups (including special needs care). According to their application to the District of Sooke, the facility would offer part time and half days and special needs programs; as a result of these varied times, the pickup and drop-off times for families will be staggered. Their opening date has not yet been announced.
If you are a child-care operator and would like more information about funding, visit ChildCareOperatingFunding.
- Child-care major capital funding supports non-profit and private child-care organizations 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 new build or renovation.
- The projects include 61 new builds and 42 renovations to create:
- 847 infant and toddler spaces.
- 535 spaces in Indigenous communities.
- 1,153 spaces on school grounds.
- Budget 2017-18 committed $352.5 million for child care.
- As part of that commitment, the ministry provides $92 million in child-care operating funding directly to child-care providers to help them keep costs down, so fewer costs are passed on to parents.
- For more information about child care in B.C., visit: www.gov.bc.ca/childcare