Universal Child Care Prototype Sites

Through the Province’s Early Learning and Child Care Agreement (ELCC) with the Government of Canada, the Province is investing $60 million to convert around 2,500 licensed child care spaces – with a priority on infant and toddler spaces – into low-cost spaces at existing child care facilities across B.C.

Approved sites are on the leading edge of one of the largest social policy changes in B.C.’s history. The positive financial impact on parents with children in these prototype sites is significant, with families paying no more than $200 a month per child for full-time enrolment during regular business hours, regardless of the care type. For some low-income families, child care could be free.

Ultimately, over 50 prototype sites will be operational from November 1, 2018 to March 31, 2020. These sites will help test funding and operational models required to move British Columbia towards a universal child care system.

As a component of the prototype sites, the ministry is also launching an Inclusion Pilot Project to explore new approaches to including children with extra support needs in child care programs. The learning will assist with identifying the benefits and challenges of supporting inclusive child care.

Over 300 applications for prototypes sites were reviewed to ensure factors like the diversity of British Columbia’s geography, population, program types and operational models were considered in the selection of sites. The range of sites will provide the ministry with a deeper understanding of what contributes to quality care, a sustainable and engaged workforce, a viable funding model and effective organizational structures.

Being selected as a prototype site is an opportunity for providers of licensed child care – including not-for-profit and private organizations in all parts of the province – to help build the future of child care in B.C.

 
Location Facility Spaces
Bowen
Island
Bowen Island Kinderhaus
(Sole Proprietor)
7 (Family)
Burnaby Fairhaven Children’s Centre
(Non-Profit)
12 (Under 36 Months)
25 (Age 3-5 years)
Burnaby Burnaby South Childcare
(Non-Profit)
24 (Under 36 Months)
Burnaby Bee Daycare
(Sole Proprietor)
8 (In-Home Multi-Age)
Burnaby Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers Child Care
(Corporate/Limited Company)
34 (Under 36 Months)
25 (Age 3-5 years)
8 (Group Multi-Age)
Burns Lake Little Angels Daycare
(First Nations Government)
12 (Under 36 Months)
18 (Age 3-5 years)
16 (Group Multi-Age)
Castlegar Selkirk College Children’s Centre
(Non-Profit)
22 (Under 36 Months)
25 (Age 3-5 years)
Chilliwack Elm Drive YMCA Child Care
(Non-Profit)
12 (Under 36 Months)
25 (Age 3-5 years)
Comox Tigger Too Early Learning Centre
(Non-Profit)
12 (Under 36 Months)
23 (Age 3-5 years)
20 (Preschool)
Coquitlam Hami’s Playhouse Infant & Toddler
(Sole Proprietor)
10 (Under 36 Months)
Coquitlam Kid’s Cottage Daycare Society
(Non-Profit)
8 (Under 36 Months)
25 (Age 3-5 years)
30 (School-Age)
Coquitlam Little Scholars YMCA Child Care
(Non-Profit)
16 (Under 36 Months)
Duncan Parkside Academy Somenos
(Non-Profit)
12 (Under 36 Months)
42 (Age 3-5 years)
20 (Preschool)
50 (School-Age)
Gibsons Esprit Daycare
(Non-Profit)
12 (Under 36 Months)
16 (Age 3-5 years)
Grand Forks Play School Platoon
(Sole Proprietor)
8 (In-Home Multi-Age)
Hornby Island Hornby Island Daycare Society
(Non-Profit)
4 (Under 36 Months)
15 (Age 3-5 years)
15 (Preschool)
12 (Group Multi-Age)
Houston The Beanstalk Childcare Centre
(Non-Profit)
8 (Under 36 Months)
16 (Age 3-5 years)
14 (Preschool)
14 (School-Age)
8 (Group Multi-Age)
Kamloops Kamloops Child Development Centre
(Non-Profit)
36 (Under 36 Months)
48 (Age 3-5 years)
33 (School-Age)
Kelowna Little Scholars YMCA Playing to Learn Child Care and Preschool
(Non-Profit)
8 (Under 36 Months)
35 (Age 3-5 years)
10 (Preschool)
Lytton Nzen’man’ Child Care Programs
(Non-Profit)
12 (Under 36 Months)
16 (Age 3-5 years)
34 (School-Age)
Maple Ridge Albion Good Beginnings Daycare
(Sole Proprietor)
7 (Family)
Mission Heritage Park Childcare Centre
(Non-Profit)
12 (Under 36 Months)
25 (Age 3-5 years)
Nelson The School House Early Care and Learning Centre
(Sole Proprietor)
12 (Under 36 Months)
32 (Age 3-5 years)
10 (School-Age)
North Vancouver North Shore Neighbourhood House Novaco Daycare
(Non-Profit)
12 (Under 36 Months)
Penticton Kinderplace OSNS Child and Youth Development Centre
(Non-Profit)
20 (Under 36 Months)
24 (Age 3-5 years)
20 (Preschool)
Port Alberni Baby Steps
(Non-Profit)
20 (Under 36 Months)
Port Hardy Rainbow Country Daycare
(Non-Profit)
8 (Under 36 Months)
20 (Age 3-5 years)
25 (School-Age)
8 (Group Multi-Age)
Prince George YMCA Highland Development Centre
(Non-Profit)
12 (Under 36 Months)
25 (Age 3-5 years)
47 (School-Age)
Quesnel Ruby’s Place Family Daycare
(Sole Proprietor)
7 (Family)
Revelstoke Stepping Stones Child Care Centre
(Non-Profit)
16 (Under 36 Months)
16 (Age 3-5 years)
Richmond Alderwood House School
(Corporate/Limited Company)
12 (Under 36 Months)
23 (Age 3-5 years)
Sechelt West Sechelt Tiny Tots Daycare
(Sole Proprietor)
7 (Family)
Squamish Discovery Kids Childcare
(Corporate/Limited Company)
12 (Under 36 Months)
25 (Age 3-5 years)
Surrey Alexandra Neighbourhood House Children’s Centres – Kensington Prairie
(Non-Profit)
12 (Under 36 Months)
18 (Age 3-5 years)
20 (School-Age)
8 (Group Multi-Age)
Surrey First Step Daycare Centre
(Corporate/Limited Company)
12 (Under 36 Months)
25 (Age 3-5 years)
Surrey Maxxine Wright Early Care & Learning Centre
(Non-Profit)
24 (Under 36 Months)
25 (Age 3-5 years)
Surrey Goldstone Learning Centres
(Partnership)
8 (Group Multi-Age)
Surrey The Centre for Child Development Preschool and Child Care
(Non-Profit)
12 (Under 36 Months)
25 (Age 3-5 years)
20 (Preschool)
Tofino Grandma Marg’s Clubhouse
(Sole Proprietor)
8 (In-Home Multi-Age)
Vancouver Frog Hollow Neighbourhood House’s Satellite Daycare
(Non-Profit)
12 (Under 36 Months)
25 (Age 3-5 years)
Vancouver Collingwood Neighbourhood House
(Non-Profit)
24 (Under 36 Months)
25 (Age 3-5 yrs)
Vancouver Hastings Park Child Care Centre
(Non-Profit)
12 (Under 36 Months)
16 (Age 3-5 years)
16 (Group Multi-Age)
Vancouver Langara Child Development Centre
(Public Institution)
12 (Under 36 Months)
50 (Age 3-5 yrs)
Vancouver Bob and Kay Ackles YMCA Nanook House
(Non-Profit)
12 (Under 36 Months)
25 (Age 3-5 yrs)
Vancouver Woodwards YMCA Child Care
(Non-Profit)
12 (Under 36 Months)
25 (Age 3-5 years)
Vancouver Hummingbird Under Three
(Public Institution)
24 (Under 36 Months)
Vancouver Emma’s Early Learning and Care Centre
(Non-Profit)
28 (Under 36 Months)
Vernon Maven Lane
(Non-Profit)
60 (Under 36 Months)
82 (Age 3-5 years)
20 (Preschool)
103 (School-Age)
Vernon Snc’c’amala?tn Early Childhood Education Centre
(Band/Tribal Council)
12 (Under 36 Months)
20 (Age 3-5 years)
20 (Preschool)
50 (School-Age)
Victoria Fernwood Infant and Toddler Care & Fernwood Neighbourhood Childcare
(Non-Profit)
20 (Under 36 Months)
25 (Age 3-5 years)
54 (School-Age)
Victoria Lexie’s Little Bears Child Care
(Corporate/Limited Company)
28 (Under 36 Months)
29 (Age 3-5 years)

 

Questions?

For answers to frequently asked questions, review the Universal Child Care Prototype Sites Frequently Asked Questions (PDF).

For further information, please contact:

Phone: 1 888 338-6622 (option 5)
Email: MCF.Prototype@gov.bc.ca