Childcare

Applications for B.C.’s $10-a-day child care program opened June 20. (Black Press Media file photo)

Applications open for $10-a-day child care as B.C. doubles number of spaces available

Spaces to expand from 6,500 to 12,500 by December, province says

 

Like many infants, Carolyn Foggo’s son Cobe needs a hypallergenic formula. (Photo credit/Taylor Kizyma)

West Kelowna mom wrestles with baby formula shortage

Baby formula shortage in the U.S. being felt in the Okanagan

 

The Little Phoenix Daycare officially opened in Victoria Thursday. The centre is the first trauma-informed daycare in B.C. and only the second in Canada. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

B.C.’s first trauma-informed daycare opens in Victoria

Little Phoenix aims to inform policy and inspire similar approaches to childcare

 

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Kelowna airport to receive new YMCA childcare facility

Will be the YMCA’s 13th childcare facility in the Okanagan

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B.C. announces 240 new child care spaces coming to the Okanagan

The spaces will be spread over Kelowna, Penticton, and Vernon

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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, left, and Ontario Premier Doug Ford, right, watch Karina Gould, second left, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development of Canada and Stephen Lecce, second right, Ontario Minister of Education officially sign an agreement in $10-a-day child-care program deal in Brampton, Ont., on Monday, March 28, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

With daycare deals done, Liberals look to craft bill to enshrine child-care system

Deal with NDP gives government extra time to craft legislation

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, left, and Ontario Premier Doug Ford, right, watch Karina Gould, second left, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development of Canada and Stephen Lecce, second right, Ontario Minister of Education officially sign an agreement in $10-a-day child-care program deal in Brampton, Ont., on Monday, March 28, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
The District of Tofino is celebrating the successful hiring of three new staffers for its Community Children’s Centre. (file photo)

Staff-strapped B.C. town scores childcare workers with free tuition, housing

District of Tofino takes unique approach to address childcare resource crunch

The District of Tofino is celebrating the successful hiring of three new staffers for its Community Children’s Centre. (file photo)
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Province adds $10/day childcare spots in Thompson-Okanagan

Childcare centres in Kelowna, Penticton, Lumby, Kamloops, and Clearwater getting 309 new spaces

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Okanagan Landing Elementary School will be offering its Seamless Day Before and After School Child Care program in March 2022. (Contributed)

Child care program launching at Vernon elementary school

Before and after school day care to be offered at Okanagan Landing Elementary in March

Okanagan Landing Elementary School will be offering its Seamless Day Before and After School Child Care program in March 2022. (Contributed)
Work on a new childcare facility in Okanagan Landing at Lakers Clubhouse continues. The facility, along with one other near the Vernon Recreation Complex, expects to be open by end of summer. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)

Vernon childcare facilities on target

City of Vernon says projects near rec centre and Lakers Clubhouse are on time and budget

Work on a new childcare facility in Okanagan Landing at Lakers Clubhouse continues. The facility, along with one other near the Vernon Recreation Complex, expects to be open by end of summer. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)
Families, Children and Social Development Minister Karina Gould rises during question period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa in Ottawa on Thursday, December 16, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Patrick Doyle

Canada Child Benefit still needed alongside national daycare system, minister says

Even if child care dips to $10 a day, minister says some families may need more aid

Families, Children and Social Development Minister Karina Gould rises during question period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa in Ottawa on Thursday, December 16, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Patrick Doyle
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, right, meets with Alberta Premier Jason Kenney in Calgary, Alta., Wednesday, July 7, 2021. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Alberta Premier Jason Kenney will announce a deal they've reached on child care during an event in Edmonton today. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Alberta latest province to ink $10-a-day child-care deal with federal government

Deal is for $3.8 billion in federal funding over the next five years

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, right, meets with Alberta Premier Jason Kenney in Calgary, Alta., Wednesday, July 7, 2021. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Alberta Premier Jason Kenney will announce a deal they've reached on child care during an event in Edmonton today. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Local dignitaries visit the construction site of the Lakers child care facility in Vernon. Above L-R: Coun. Kelly Fehr, Coun. Akbal Mund, Kirstie Blanleil (Boys & Girls Club), Arnie Wiebe (ANR Construction Ltd.), Jeremy Welder (Boys & Girls Club), MLA Harwinder Sandhu, Shayne Wright (Manager, Recreation Programs), Coun. Kari Gares, Brian Christianson (Stantec), Mayor Victor Cumming, Jordan Peterson (Stantec). (City of Vernon photo)

Construction begins on 2 child care centres in Vernon

The pair of facilities will create nearly 200 new child care spaces for young children

Local dignitaries visit the construction site of the Lakers child care facility in Vernon. Above L-R: Coun. Kelly Fehr, Coun. Akbal Mund, Kirstie Blanleil (Boys & Girls Club), Arnie Wiebe (ANR Construction Ltd.), Jeremy Welder (Boys & Girls Club), MLA Harwinder Sandhu, Shayne Wright (Manager, Recreation Programs), Coun. Kari Gares, Brian Christianson (Stantec), Mayor Victor Cumming, Jordan Peterson (Stantec). (City of Vernon photo)
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Alberta NDP Opposition wants immediate funding for daycare operators during COVID-19

NDP critic: ‘I’ve heard from countless child-care programs that are on the brink of closure’

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Orange shirts, shoes, flowers and messages are on display on the steps outside the legislature in Victoria, B.C., on Saturday, June 12, 2021 in honour of the 215 children whose remains have been discovered buried near the former Kamloops Indian Residential School. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

COVID recovery and child care are Opposition targets as B.C. legislature returns

Most politicians will be back in-person, following strict pandemic protocols

Orange shirts, shoes, flowers and messages are on display on the steps outside the legislature in Victoria, B.C., on Saturday, June 12, 2021 in honour of the 215 children whose remains have been discovered buried near the former Kamloops Indian Residential School. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
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Woman who hid 26 kids behind false wall at Colorado daycare guilty

Many of the children had soiled or wet diapers and were sweaty and thirsty

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An 86-space child care facility will be built on Cummins Road, across from the existing Lakers Clubhouse. (City of Vernon map)

Ground to break on 210 new child care spaces in Vernon

One facility across from Lakers Clubhouse, second at rec centre, planned for 2022 opening

An 86-space child care facility will be built on Cummins Road, across from the existing Lakers Clubhouse. (City of Vernon map)
A classroom is shown at Hunter’s Glen Junior Public School in Scarborough, Ont., on Monday, September 14, 2020. An advocacy group is calling for Canada to fully integrate child-care and early childhood education into its school systems THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Group calls for integration of early childhood education and school systems

People for Education says there are clear benefits to early childhood education

A classroom is shown at Hunter’s Glen Junior Public School in Scarborough, Ont., on Monday, September 14, 2020. An advocacy group is calling for Canada to fully integrate child-care and early childhood education into its school systems THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
A return to normalcy after 15 months of non-medical masks and social distancing is a battle every child in B.C. must now face. (Unsplash)

How B.C. parents can help anxious kids adjust to life as COVID dwindles

Vancouver pediatrician Anamaria Richardson advises parents to express their emotions, create daily routines for their children

A return to normalcy after 15 months of non-medical masks and social distancing is a battle every child in B.C. must now face. (Unsplash)
The province is granting Anxiety Canada $555,000 to develop a series of mental health literacy videos, called Behind The Mask. (Unsplash)

B.C. to fund ‘Behind the Mask’ mental health video series for children, teens

The province is spending $555,000 on the digital awareness initiative in partnership with Anxiety Canada

The province is granting Anxiety Canada $555,000 to develop a series of mental health literacy videos, called Behind The Mask. (Unsplash)