Frequently Asked Questions for Child Care Providers

General information

Becoming a $10 a Day ChildCareBC Centre helps child care providers by offering enhanced, stable operating funding while ensuring families in your community have access to child care for no more than $10-a-day for full-time care. Participation in the $10 a Day program helps many families and communities throughout B.C. achieve access to child care as a core service that families can depend on when they need it and at a price they can afford.

Applying for the $10 a Day Program is not mandatory for any child care provider. The $10 a Day program is only one initiative under the ChildCareBC plan to deliver quality and affordable child care.

Licensed child care providers who do not apply may continue to be eligible for Child Care Operating Funding and the Child Care Fee Reduction Initiative, and parents at your centre will continue to be eligible for the Affordable Child Care Benefit if they meet the criteria. For more information on the $10 a Day Program, please see the $10 a Day ChildCareBC Centres website.

Providers are not required to sign over ownership of their business, lease or mortgage; or provide any form of collateral or money to participate in the $10 a Day ChildCareBC program.

At this time, only licensed child care providers who offer spaces to children 0-5 years old or multi-age programs are eligible to apply. If you are interested in becoming licensed, please contact your local health authority for additional information.

Start-Up Grants are available to assist with the costs associated with obtaining a licence for a facility in your personal residence.

If you are interested in expanding or building a new group facility, check out the New Spaces Fund. An open intake for New Spaces Fund applications started May 31, 2022 and closes either when funding runs out or at the end of the 2022-23 funding cycle. Applicants are encouraged to apply by January 2023 to have their applications considered.

There is a variety of information related to ECE education and training, certification, and bursaries available on the Support for Early Childhood Educators web page. Educators who are specifically interested in working at a $10 a Day ChildCareBC Site must seek employment opportunities directly with approved centres.

The ChildCareBC website has a variety of resources available with a dedicated section for Child Care providers. We also encourage you to sign up for the ChildCareBC Bulletin to receive regular ChildCareBC updates to your inbox.

 

Application information

Please note the 2022 $10 a Day ChildCareBC Intake is now closed.

Please note the 2022 application deadline was August 18th, 2022 at 11:59 a.m. PST.

Applications submitted between June 20 and August 18, 2022, are currently being reviewed and child care providers are being invited to negotiate funding agreements on an ongoing basis.

All applicants will be notified of the status of their applications by January 2023.

Applications are evaluated according to the intake priorities listed in the 2022 Policy and Procedure Manual (PDF, 562KB). Successful applicants are invited to negotiate a funding agreement and candidates that successfully negotiate a funding agreement will be provided further information about onboarding into the program.

All applicants to the program who are not selected to become $10 a Day ChildCareBC Centre in this expansion intake will be notified by January 2023.

Selection priority criteria are established by the ministry and may differ for each intake period. They are important because the ministry uses them to guide evaluation of applications and help inform selection decisions.

Although not guaranteed for selection, applicants that best demonstrate how their facility meets the priority areas have a greater chance of being selected to negotiate a funding agreement.

Funding for the 2022 expansion of the $10 a Day program comes from the Government of Canada under the Canada-Wide Early Learning and Child Care Agreement. Under this agreement, the Province is required to ensure operating funds are focused towards supporting public, not-for-profit, and Indigenous-led child care providers.

 

Information for unsuccessful applicants

As eligibility criteria and priority selection criteria may change for each intake period, and the costs of providing child care may fluctuate over time, providers must submit a new application for each intake period.

Due to the large volume of applications received, the program is not able to provide feedback on individual applications.

We recognize the time and effort it takes to apply to the $10 a Day ChildCareBC program. The ministry’s selection and negotiation process is based on the need to balance several key factors, including alignment with the program’s key priorities, the quality of the information received, and the capacity of both the applicant and the Ministry to complete negotiations. Some centres are not selected to move forward, not due to any deficiency in their application, but rather according to the framework of eligible expenses, budget availability, and the overall space target.

The ChildCareBC Stakeholder Engagement Team is happy to answer any additional questions that you may have related to child care in general at the email address listed below.

If you have specific questions about the $10 a Day program, please call or write to the phone number and mailing address listed below. Child care providers who are already enrolled in the $10 a Day ChildCareBC program can contact their ministry co-ordinator directly.

Contact Information:

For questions specific to the $10 a Day ChildCareBC Centre program, please call 1 888 338-6622 (Option 7) or email MCF.Prototype@gov.bc.ca

For general ChildCareBC inquiries, please contact ChildCareBC.Engagement@gov.bc.ca

PO Box 9788 Stn Prov Gov, Victoria, B.C., V8W 9S5