Temporary CCFRI Approval
Facilities may receive an email with temporary approval to participate in the Child Care Fee Reduction Initiative (CCFRI) at their previous contract rate. This is to ensure stable monthly fees for parents, and payments for providers, while the Ministry continues its assessment of applications from child care providers who wish to opt-in to the program.
With this temporary approval, providers can continue to participate in CCFRI as long as they continue to charge the fees at their facility that were last approved by the Ministry.
Temporary approval is being applied under Section 5.3 (a) of the 2019/20 Funding Agreement, which states that your eligibility to be enrolled in and receive CCFRI payments is conditional upon you not increasing Parent Fees beyond any increases the Ministry has approved.
Your ECE Wage Enhancement application is contingent on the outcome of your CCFRI application. If your facility meets the eligibility criteria to participate in the program, and you are approved for CCFRI, you will also be approved for the Wage Enhancement.
If you have received temporary approval to participate in the CCFRI, or accepted a temporary approval on the condition that you postpone a proposed fee increase, and your facility meets all other eligibility criteria to participate in the ECE-WE, your facility will be approved to participate in the Wage Enhancement for the duration of your temporary approval for the CCFRI.
If you receive a final confirmation from the Ministry of approval for CCFRI, your ECE-WE benefits will continue for the duration of the contract term (up to March 31, 2020). In the event that your facility implements a fee increase that is not approved under the CCFRI and/or you receive a non-approval letter for the CCFRI, your facility will no longer be enrolled in the CCFRI and so will no longer be eligible to receive funding under the ECE Wage Enhancement.
If you were asked to reply that you agree to postpone your fee increase until after the assessment process is complete, we will approve your payment once we receive your reply. If you were not asked to reply, then your payment has already been approved.
Once your payment is approved, it is sent to you the same way your other CCOF and CCFRI payments are sent. Direct Deposit payments require approximately 3-5 business days to appear in your bank account.
Applications will continue to be processed in date order received and prioritized by the date of the proposed fee increase. Due to the complexity of an application, some may take longer to finalize than others.
Please notify your parents (in writing) that you have been temporarily approved for CCFRI and that there will be no changes to their fees until the Ministry completes its assessment. Please feel free to share with them that your application is currently in process and that you expect to receive notification shortly regarding your ongoing participation in the program.
If parents have further questions, they can contact the CCOF program. The Ministry is now able to provide parents and staff with high-level information about a provider’s CCFRI application and approval status, including the status and date of a facility’s application; the high-level reason why a provider was approved or not approved for the CCFRI; and the amount of any fee increase the provider was approved for, and if a fee increase was approved to increase direct-care staff wages.
Under the CCFRI policy, providers are required to exhaust all other sources of Ministry funding before proposing an exceptional fee increase. As such, providers must apply to the Childcare BC Maintenance Fund for any relevant eligible expenses, if applicable, before being approved for an exceptional fee increase under the CCFRI.
Apply for CCFRI: Submit a Program Confirmation Form for the CCFRI for the 2019/20 contract term. You must do so to be eligible for funding under the Childcare BC Maintenance Fund.
- If your CCFRI application includes a proposed exceptional fee increase to cover an expense eligible under the Maintenance Fund, you must apply to the Maintenance Fund to show you have exhausted all other sources of Ministry funding before increasing fees by a non-standard amount.
Apply for Maintenance Fund: Submit an application for the Childcare BC Maintenance Fund. These are processed on a first come, first served basis.
Processing and outcome: The Ministry will process your application(s) and contact you with any questions and/or about the outcome of your application(s). For example:
- If approved for Maintenance Funding, the Child Care Operating Funding program will contact you about any adjustments needed to your CCFRI Program Confirmation Form to reflect how the approved Maintenance Funding may eliminate or reduce your proposed exceptional fee increase(s). The Ministry would then continue assessing your facility’s CCFRI application, providing an outcome as soon as possible.
- The Ministry may grant you temporary CCFRI approval while it completes the assessment of your CCFRI Program Confirmation Form. If your facility received temporary approval for CCFRI for 2019/20, that approval will continue as long as your fees remain at the levels previously approved by the Ministry.
- If it is determined your facility is not approved for CCFRI but has received Maintenance Funding, the Ministry will work with you to determine next steps.