LANGLEY – Twenty-five licensed child-care providers in Langley and Aldergrove will share a bonus of $36,235.75 this Spring thanks to a one-time funding boost for licensed group child-care (30 months to school-age) providers that receive money under the Child Care Operating Funding program.
“This investment will help create a strong foundation for early childhood development, and is proof our government is committed to putting families first,” says Fort Langley-Aldergrove MLA Rich Coleman.
“Many families in Langley will see a direct benefit from this funding boost. These extra funds will go a long way in easing our community’s transition to full-day kindergarten,” says Langley MLA Mary Polak.
The Ministry of Children and Family Development has allocated $1 million in one-time funding for approximately 900 licensed group child-care (30 months to school-age) providers that receive funding under the Child Care Operating Funding program.
Payments are based on the number of funded licensed group child-care spaces – at the rate of approximately $45 per licensed space. In this category, the number of licensed spaces per facility ranges from two spaces to 80 spaces. This funding is being applied to nearly 23,000 child-care spaces across B.C. with an average payment of more than $1,000 to each provider.
To be eligible to receive this payment, child-care providers must have an active 2010-11 funding agreement under the Child Care Operating Funding program as of December 1, 2010. Eligible child-care providers will receive the one-time payment by the end of March 2011.
The B.C. government provides more than $65 million for providers annually in child-care operating funding. More facilities are eligible for funding than ever before – with over 4,800 licensed child-care facilities across the province receiving funding.
For more information on the Child Care Operating Funding program, please visit:http://www.mcf.gov.bc.ca/childcare/operating.htm