NORTH VANCOUVER – Fifty licensed child-care providers on the North Shore will share $55,154.90 in bonus funding this Spring, thanks to a one-time boost for licensed group child-care (30 months to school-age) providers that receive funding under the Child Care Operating Funding program.

Quotes:

“One million dollars in bonus funding for B.C. child-care providers, shows this government is serious about putting families first.” – West Vancouver-Sea to Sky MLA Joan McIntyre

“This funding will do a lot of good for families, from buying things like books and toys, right up to extra training for child care providers as they transition to full-time kindergarten.” – West Vancouver-Capilano MLA Ralph Sultan

“As a proud mom, I know just how essential proper and quality child care is – and how hard these people work. This is the right way to invest bonus funding.” – North Vancouver-Seymour MLA Jane Thornthwaite

“Access to safe and professional child care is important to North Shore families and I would like to thank all of the providers for taking care of our children.” – North Vancouver-Lonsdale MLA Naomi Yamamoto

Additional information:

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 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

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