Working Together to Deliver Child Care and Early Learning

The ChildCareBC Vision is for providers and partners of all kinds to work together with government to deliver early learning and child care opportunities in every part of the province, much like they do today.

The following information provides the known answers to questions submitted before and after the December 1, 2021 webinar including decisions that government has made or commited to and the most frequently asked questions. New information will be added as it becomes available.


Decisions government has made

Government will:

  • transition the child care program into the Ministry of Education and Child Care by the end of April 2022
  • introduce six regional centres located in the six K-12 regions to better respond to local needs
    • these centres, staffed by the Ministry of Education and Child Care, will serve as a single point of contact for child care providers, community organizations, First Nations, school districts and government – without impeding Indigenous jurisdiction
  • retain existing child care centres; no programs will be replaced
  • support a separate distinctions-based approach to early learning and child care that will be determined by working with Indigenous leadership and Indigenous Rights Holders
  • engage with School Districts, Independent Schools and Child Care and Resource Centres to inform the design of services and supports to the child care sector

Additionally, please note:

  • with the changes to the School Act made in 2020, school boards are enabled to directly operate child care, but are not required to
  • providers will not be governed by school boards, nor will they be responsible for delivering provincial curriculum
  • neither the Ministry of Education and Child Care nor school districts have any jurisdiction over early learning and child care delivered on-reserve

Engagements

Please visit the Early Learning and Child Care Engagement homepage for information about past engagements and where you can subscribe to be notified of future opportunities.

Frequently asked questions

  • Some information is known about the plan for regional centres
    • The regional structure will be developed as a division or branch of the Ministry of Education to support an integrated approach to early learning and child care
    • Focus of regional structure will be partner engagement, planning, capacity strengthening
    • Geographic regions are aligned with those of the BC School Superintendents Association chapters
    • Each Regional ELCC Centre will be staffed by a Ministry of Education team focused on newly established responsibilities
  • There are some things yet to be determined
    • The specific roles and responsibilities of regional centres in relation to government, schools and districts, Child Care Resource and Referral Centres, all types of child care operators, and local communities are yet to be established and will be informed by the engagement process
    • The roles and responsibilities of the regional centres are expected to change over time as the system evolves.
  • To develop the details of how the regional centres will operate, we need to leverage the experience of all providers through engagement
  • Please join us in these discussions through the opportunities posted with the current engagement process.
  • No, child care workers will not be employees of the Ministry of Education and Child Care
  • Educators and child care professionals employed by individual child care providers, as well as child care providers, will continue to connect with the province as they currently do related to funding, educator requirements, or professional learning
  • There is no impact to child care providers’ relationships with the ministry – contractual obligations remain the same, as do program contacts
  • The transition of responsibility for child care from MCFD to the Ministry of Education and Child Care is about establishing a single provincial lead for child care policy and program development
  • Government’s role is to support the child care sector, which is made up of individual child care providers, of various types and sizes. Child care providers are responsible for employing the educators that provide child care supports for children and families
  • The responsibility for child care will move into the Ministry of Education and Child Care on April 1, 2022
  • This transition reflects and responds to advice the ministry has been hearing from the child care sector since the launch of ChildCareBC in 2018, and it aligns with approaches taken in other provinces and territories
  • Recent changes to the School Act recognize that school boards can directly operate child care – but do not mean they are required to
  • In some cases the school may hold the license but in others, a community provider may be the licensee
  • Government is taking a flexible approach and no existing programs will be replaced
  • School districts are enabled to directly operate child care but are not required to
  • Neither the Ministry or school districts will have any jurisdiction over early learning and child care delivered on-reserve
  • Child care providers will not be governed by school boards, nor will they be responsible for delivering provincial curriculum
  • Government aims to maintain existing programs and no current programs will be replaced