Uni­ver­sal child care starts with $10-a-day project

Vancouver Sun - - CITY -

VIC­TO­RIA Child care in B.C. will soon cost as lit­tle as $200 a month for some par­ents.

Chil­dren’s Min­is­ter Ka­trine Con­roy said the $10-a-day plan is a pro­to­type and will start at 53 day­cares in B.C.

She said in a state­ment the project looks to be­come a model for the New Demo­crat gov­ern­ment’s 10-year plan for af­ford­able, qual­ity child care.

The $60-mil­lion project is part of the Early Learn­ing and Child Care Agree­ment the prov­ince has with the fed­eral gov­ern­ment and will ben­e­fit about 2,500 chil­dren.

B.C.’s min­is­ter of state for child care, Ka­t­rina Chen, says th­ese pro­to­types are crit­i­cal as the gov­ern­ment de­signs and re­fines its pro­gram.

She says B.C.’s child care plan al­ready of­fers fam­i­lies with in­comes of $111,000 or less ben­e­fits of up to $1,250 a month and other fee re­duc­tions for fam­i­lies us­ing li­censed child care.

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