Child care providers and parents can continue to count on funding from the Province to support the ongoing operations of child care centres throughout British Columbia.
The temporary emergency funding program (TEF) for licensed child care centres is being extended until Aug. 31, 2020. This funding is a key part of the Province’s COVID-19 response, as it helps to ensure essential-service workers have access to safe, reliable child care and parents can return to work as the economy restarts and more B.C. businesses open.
It also ensures that child care centres are holding spots, free of charge, for their existing families who may choose to stay home with their children through the summer. Communicating this timeline well in advance will allow child care providers, as well as parents, sufficient time to plan their next steps.
Child care centres receiving temporary emergency funding continue to be eligible for the Child Care Fee Reduction Initiative and the ECE Wage Enhancement.
The fee reduction helps parents by providing funding for licensed child care providers to reduce and stabilize their monthly child care fees.
The wage enhancement has provided nearly 12,000 ECEs with a $1-per-hour wage enhancement, which increased to $2 per hour on April 1, 2020, to better recognize the work they do.
Families accessing care from these providers may also be eligible for the Affordable Child Care Benefit. As of June 2020, more than 52,000 families have benefited from savings of up to $1,250 a month, per child.
For more information go to https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020CFD0033-001070