Daycare funding boost eases transition to full-day kindergarten

In all, 29 licensed child-care providers in Kelowna, Westbank and Lake Country will share $39,400 in bonus funding this spring provided by the provincial government.

In all, 29 licensed child-care providers in Kelowna, Westbank and Lake Country will share a total of $39,400 in bonus funding this spring provided by the provincial government.

This one-time funding boost for licensed group child-care (30 months to school-age) providers is to help day cares during the transition period associated with the implementation of full-day kindergarten this fall.

It is anticipated that this license 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 come September.

Child care providers can use this funding to assist with the cost of providing quality child care services to purchase items that enhance developmental opportunities for younger learners.

This may include purchasing books, toys, arts and crafts supplies and other educational items, as well as minor capital enhancements to improve the quality of the facility (e.g., equipment or furniture).

The funds may also be used for professional development and training.

“Child-care providers do some of the most important work in our communities, so I’m glad to see them receiving this extra boost during the transition period to full-day kindergarten. Above all, this is an investment in the quality of our local child-care,” said Westside-Kelowna MLA Ben Stewart.

“Every parent knows early child care is vitally important. This extra funding recognizes that and will help our child care providers to become even better than they are already,” added Kelowna-Mission MLA Steve Thomson

For his part, Kelowna-Lake Country MLA Norm Letnick said the additional funding is proof that proof that Premier Christy Clark is serious about her government putting families first.

“A million dollars to give extra support for child care providers around the province is a great way to help families,” Letnick noted.