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Boost for child care providers

Twenty-five licensed child-care providers in Langley and Aldergrove will share a bonus of $36,235 this spring, thanks to a one-time funding boost for licensed group child-care providers who receive money under the Child Care Operating Funding program.

This funding is to help providers during the transition period associated with the implementation of full-day Kindergarten. It is anticipated that this licence category may be impacted by a lower enrolment in their child-care facilities as a result of more five-year-olds attending full-day Kindergarten in September.

The children in these facilities are aged 30 months to school age.

Providers can use this funding to assist with the cost of providing quality child-care services. They can purchase items that enhance developmental opportunities for younger learners. This may include books, toys, arts and crafts supplies, and other educational items, as well as minor capital enhancements to improve the quality of the facility. The funds may also be used for professional development and training.

“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,” said 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 providers. The 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.

For more information on the Child Care Operating Funding program, please visit: http://www.mcf.gov.bc.ca/childcare/operating.htm

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