Quality – Studies in early childhood education have shown that quality child care through qualified ITE can bring positive results for all children, with special benefits for the most vulnerable. Footnote 4 To support the development of high-quality child care rooms in C.A., it is essential to increase the supply of qualified ITA. Currently, a lack of certified EEG has resulted in the closure of some centres due to a lack of staff. The Child Care Licensing Regulations specify the minimum number of educators who must work in licensed child care facilities and, without these human resources, the premises may not be operational. The BC government is working closely with other governments, child care, parents and communities to strengthen early childhood development, early learning and child care and to develop a comprehensive implementation plan. BC will take steps to ensure that the number of Francophone educators under the UN-EEC scholarship program is broadly in line with the proportion of French-speaking families/children in the province (1.5%). BC intends to produce baseline data on the number of Francophone educators that will be funded by the UN-EEC scholarship program in 2018 and to begin reporting on results in 2019. Child care costs are highest for infants and young children (up to the age of three), reflecting increased care for younger children. In 2016/2017, the average monthly child care fee for infants and young children (up to 35 months of age) in licensed group facilities receiving CCFFs was more than $1,000 across the province.
3.2.3 In the event that the bilateral agreement is extended pursuant to Section 3.2.1, British Columbia may continue to use the funds allocated under this agreement, subject to the terms of the renewed agreement, to cover the same eligible investment areas covered by the funds received for the period 2017-2018-2019-2020. To support recruitment and engagement efforts, the Francophone Francophone School District of British Columbia has explored credit courses alternating with the Educacentre College to encourage students to pursue ECE careers by offering high school courses, which will be credited for further post-secondary education. GATINEAU, QC, September 18, 2020 /CNW/ – The Canadian government has worked closely with the Government of British Columbia to ensure that all families have access to affordable, quality child care. The COVID 19 pandemic has created new challenges, including temporary closures and the loss of critical revenue from intermediation costs that have put the sector at risk. Availability – Currently, there is a significant lack of licensed child care facilities in .C. In 2016/17, only about 22% of children aged 0 to 5 in the province had a licensed child care room, which received funding for child care (CCOF). In 2016, 65% of mothers with children under the age of three were working, reflecting an insufficient supply of quality care to meet demand. In addition, many parts of the province are severely lacking in authorized spaces for infants and young children. The lack of skilled labour (particularly educators and young children) exacerbates the problem of availability.