The British Columbia government is extending the deadline for child-care providers to opt into the new child-care fee reduction, to allow more providers to pass on savings to parents for their April child-care fees.
The British Columbia government introduced its child-care strategy in February’s budget, including a $1-billion investment over the next three years. As part of this strategy, many parents of kids in licensed care will have their fees reduced through direct payments from government to providers.
The initial response from child-care providers to the fee reduction program has been overwhelmingly positive, with an 85% opt-in rate from the 765 providers whose contracts have been processed, as of March 24, 2018. The deadline for opting in has been extended to April 20, 2018, to give providers more time, particularly because the startup is occurring over spring break when many providers are away.
Effective April 1, 2018, parents at participating facilities will see savings of up to:
- $350 per month for group infant and toddler care.
- $200 per month for family infant and toddler care.
- $100 per month for group care for children aged three years to kindergarten.
- $60 per month for family care for children aged three years to kindergarten.
All licensed child-care providers, who pass along fee reductions to parents, will also receive a 10% funding boost for any spaces that government funds through the new initiative.
- Under Budget 2018, the Province is investing more than $1 billion into child care over the next three years to help lay the foundation for a universal child-care system that will provide access to affordable, quality child care for anyone in B.C. who wants or needs it.
- The provincial investment in early care and learning is supplemented by approximately $153 million in federal funding over three years, beginning in 2017-18, through a bilateral early-learning and child-care (ELCC) framework agreement.
- In 2018-19, the Province will focus on creating more infant and toddler child-care spaces throughout the province, as well as reducing monthly child-care costs for B.C. families.
- In addition to the child-care fee reduction initiative, another affordability measure will be introduced in September 2018. The new affordable child-care benefit will help reduce child-care costs for lower-income families by up to $1,250 per month, and will support 86,000 B.C. families a year by 2020-21.
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