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$10 a day for three Coquitlam child care centres

$10 a day for three Coquitlam child care centres

The project is being funded by an investment of $60 million through the Early Learning and Child Care agreement with the federal government.

Thirty-five families with children enrolled in the two Coast daycares will benefit from the program with fees capped at $200 per month or eliminated altogether, a release from MLA Nicholas Simons said Friday.

"We have committed to bringing affordable, accessible and quality child care to B.C. parents", Katrine Conroy, Minister of Children and Family Development said in the release.

"Prototype sites give us a glimpse of what the future of universal child care in B.C. can be and are critical as we design and refine our program moving forward", said Chen.

The funding will allow the centre to offer 117 low-priced, licensed child care spaces to parents in the Kamloops area.

"More than 50 childcare facilities will be converted to universal childcare prototype sites. Our goal for this is finding out what universal, high-quality childcare may look like for B.C. families".

Sites were chosen by the Province after a call for applications this past June.

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The B.C. government is moving forward with 53 prototype projects around the province - including ones in the Comox Valley and Port Hardy - created to deliver child care that will cost families a maximum of $200 per month per child.

The prototype sites will operate until March 31, 2020. "When was the last time a parent in B.C. had full-time child care for $200 a month or less?"

The NDP campaigned on a promise of $10-a-day childcare and premier John Horgan says it's a major step towards universal child care in British Columbia. "We want to make life more affordable for families, and this investment will demonstrate the low-priced, high-quality care B.C. parents can look forward to as we fully implement ChildCare BC".

Each site will also receive a one-time quality improvement grant in 2019 to help enhance program quality.

The Kamloops Child Development Centre found out about the funding in September.

"For the families, it is like winning the lottery", says Lexie's Little Bears Child Care owner Lexie Biegun.

Families who are unable to access the subsidized spaces could still be eligible to receive support through the Affordable Child Care Benefit.