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B.C. launches program to bring more child-care spaces into schools

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Coyne, Todd
Publication Date: 
14 May 2024


British Columbia is launching a two-year pilot program to integrate before- and after-school child care into classrooms and other school spaces.

The province says the program will spare parents and guardians the time, money and stress of shuttling children between school and daycare facilities.


The province says school support staff and early childhood educators will provide the before- and after-school care for students at their schools.

The Ministry of Education and Child Care is funding the pilot with more than $2 million over two years, creating an estimated 180 new, affordable child-care spaces, according to the province.


According to provincial data, more than 900 facilities in B.C. already provide licensed child care on school grounds, with more than 70 already operated by local school districts.