The BC Greens will create a comprehensive program for childcare and increase funding for child care programs from $674 million in 2020/21 to $897 million in 2023/24. This is in addition to the $300 million funding for preschool for 3 and 4 year olds that is included in the Education budget.

Funding would cover the phase-in of the various elements of this plan for a comprehensive program that would include:
  • The expansion of available physical spaces, prioritizing partnerships with public schools, community non-profits, and First Nations;
  • Free childcare for working parents with children under 3;
  • Professional development opportunities to increase qualifications of existing child care workers, and the training of more early childhood educators in certified programs;
  • Establishment of professional wages for early childhood educators.

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