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Province announces more $10 per day child care in Maple Ridge

Albion YMCA Child Care has 24 more affordable spaces for ages 2.5 years to kindergarten
Parents can take advantage of more $10 per day per child daycare in Maple Ridge. (Special to The News)

The provincial government has announced 24 new child care spaces in Maple Ridge are being offered for $10 per day.

More than 930 child care spaces in B.C. will move into the $10 a Day ChildCareBC program in March and April, including the Albion YMCA Child Care which has 24 spaces for those aged 2.5 years to kindergarten.

“I’m thrilled to share the news that 24 more families will benefit from $10 a day child care spaces at the Albion YMCA in Maple Ridge,” said Bob D’Eith, MLA for Maple Ridge-Mission. “Affordable child care is a key part of our government’s plan to support British Columbians in being able to pursue education and work, and to put money back into people’s pockets.”

The government says the additions bring the total number of $10-a-day spaces in B.C. to more than 15,000. These spaces will help reduce costs for families from $1,120 a month for full-time, centre-based care, to $200 a month for the same service, saving families an average of approximately $920 a month per child.

“The families of over 15,000 children throughout B.C. have more money in their pockets as their child care bills are cut by more than $10,000 on average per child, per year,” said Mitzi Dean, B.C.’s Minister of State for Child Care.

With these newly converted spaces offered at 27 additional child care centres throughout the province, Victoria says it’s on track to achieve the next goal of 20,000 spaces by spring 2026.

The expansion of the program represents progress in a partnership with the federal government under the Canada-wide Early Learning and Child Care Agreement to support the goal of ensuring families can access high-quality, affordable and inclusive early learning and child care.

For this intake, the government said it prioritized new $10 a Day ChildCareBC centres in communities that do not yet have any, or have a low number compared to the region’s population density.

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