Early Years (EY)

Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) provides several programs and services to support parents with a variety of quality child care options and to assist parents and caregivers with the costs associated with child care.


Child Care Programs and Services 1,2
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1 As at March 31, 2018, 66,008 families received referrals to local child care services. Child Care Resource & Referral programs (CCRR) also assisted 18,220 parents with completing the Child Care Subsidy (CCS) application forms; registered 122 new license-not-required child care providers, maintaining 379; assisted 26 license-not-required child care providers become licensed, and provided 6,668 drop-in community development activities.
2 Three facilities withdrew from the Major Capital Funding program in 2017/18.
Children Whose Child Care is Subsidized
Monthly Average
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1 Service Deliver Area (SDA) boundaries are determined using child care facility postal codes. In a small number of cases there are facilities where the SDA cannot be determined; these facilities’ child care spaces are presented in the British Columbia (BC) average count, but not the SDA average counts. Because of this, SDA average counts may not sum to the BC average count.
Child Care Subsidy Caseload
Distinct Children and Families Receiving Subsidy
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Contracted Group & Family Child Care Spaces
Monthly Average
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1 SDA boundaries are determined using child care facility postal codes. In a small number of cases there are facilities where the SDA cannot be determined; these facilities’ child care spaces are presented in the BC average count, but not the SDA average counts. Because of this, SDA average counts may not sum to the BC average count.
Child Care Operating Funding Program (CCOF)
Monthly CCOF Spaces
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CCOF Child Care Spaces to Child Population
Monthly Average CCOF for Ages 0 to 12
Fiscal Year 2017/18
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The above table compares the average monthly CCOF contracted child care spaces with the child population. While there are CCOF contracted child care spaces for 18.4% of the 0 to 12 population, not all children may need a child care space. Some families may choose to use unlicensed child care or family options to provide care for their children. A child care space may also be utilized by more than one child (at different times of the day).

Parent Fees, CCOF Group Facilities
Median Monthly Parent Fees by Care Type
Fiscal Year 2017/18
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1 School Age Care Kindergarten (Full-day K) – for children in full-day kindergarten, reflects the parent fees for child care surrounding a full-day of kindergarten.
2 School Age Care (Grade 1+) reflects fees for out of school care including before school, after school and before & after school child care.
Parent Fees, CCOF Family Facilities
Median Monthly Parent Fees by Care Type
Fiscal Year 2017/18
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1 School Age Care Kindergarten (Full-day K) – for children in full-day kindergarten, reflects the parent fees for child care surrounding a full-day of kindergarten.