Early Years (EY)

Case Data and Trends1

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.

1 Fiscal Year 2020/21 is as at August 2021. Small revisions are expected with subsequent data updates.

Child Care Programs and Services
Fiscal Year 2020/21
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1 $10 a Day ChildCareBC Centres information is as of March 2021.
2 In 2020/21 fiscal year, 175,586 families received referrals to local child care services. Child Care Resource & Referral programs (CCRR) also assisted 8,344 parents with completing the Affordable Child Care Benefit (ACCB) application forms; registered 69 new license-not-required child care providers, maintained registration for 231 license-not-required child care providers; assisted 21 license-not-required child care providers become licensed, and provided 3,471 drop-in community development activities.
3 Number for bursaries from Summer 2018-April 2021.
4 Information reported are funding commitments. A portion of these facilities and spaces may not yet be operational.

Child Care Operating Funding (CCOF) and $10 a Day ChildCareBC Centres

Child Care Operating Funding (CCOF) and $10 a Day ChildCareBC Centres Spaces by SDA
Monthly Average
FY 2020/21
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1 Service Delivery Area (SDA) boundaries are determined using facility postal codes. In a small number of cases there are postal codes where the SDA cannot be determined; in these cases, the facility information is presented in the overall figure, but not in the SDA figures. Because of this, SDA figures may not sum to the B.C. figure.
Monthly CCOF and $10 a Day ChildCareBC Centres Spaces by Provider Type
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CCOF & $10 a Day ChildCareBC Centres Child Care Spaces to Child Population
Monthly Average CCOF and $10 a Day ChildCareBC Centres Spaces for Ages 0-12
FY 2020/21
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1 Service Delivery Area (SDA) boundaries are determined using facility postal codes. In a small number of cases there are postal codes where the SDA cannot be determined; in these cases, the facility information is presented in the overall figure, but not in the SDA figures. Because of this, SDA figures may not sum to the BC figure.
2 The above table compares the average monthly CCOF and $10 a Day ChildCareBC Centres contracted child care spaces with the child population. While there are CCOF & $10 a Day ChildCareBC Centres Child Care Spaces for 20.3% 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).
3 Data source for child population: P.E.O.P.L.E. 2020.
Parent Fees, CCOF Group Facilities1
Median Monthly Parent Fees by Care Type
Fiscal Year 2020/21
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1 Parent Fees refer to “net fees ”paid by a parent. If a parent had been approved to receive the Child Care Fee Reduction Initiative (CCFRI), the fee would be the net fees after the reduction. For example, if the monthly fee before the CCFRI payment for Infants (0-18 months) is $1,000 and the parent fee reduction is $350, then the net fee was the reduced amount of $650.
2 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.
Source: 2020/21 Provider Profile
Parent Fees, CCOF Family Facilities1
Median Monthly Parent Fees by Care Type
Fiscal Year 2020/21
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1 Parent Fees refer to “net fees ”paid by a parent. If a parent had been approved to receive the Child Care Fee Reduction Initiative (CCFRI), the fee entered by the parent would be the net fees after the reduction. For example, if the monthly fee before the CCFRI payment for Infants (0-18 months) is $1,000 and the parent fee reduction is $200, then the net fee entered by the parent was the reduced amount of $800.
2 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.
Source: 2020/21 Provider Profile

Child Care Fee Reduction Initiative (CCFRI)

Group and Family Child Care Spaces Approved for CCFRI
Monthly Average
Fiscal Year 2020/21
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1 Service Delivery Area (SDA) boundaries are determined using facility postal codes. In a small number of cases there are postal codes where the SDA cannot be determined; in these cases, the facility information is presented in the overall figure, but not in the SDA figures. Because of this, SDA figures may not sum to the BC figure.
2 Organizations that have facilities in several SDAs are counted in each SDA figure but only once in the overall BC figure.
3 Includes In-Home Multi-Age or Multi-Age Child Care License for eight or fewer children in the licensee's personal residence.
4 This table does not include School Age spaces as only children aged 5 years or under are eligible for the CCFRI and most School Age spaces are filled by children over age 5. However, a School Age space that is filled by a child 5 years or under is eligible for the CCFRI but it is not counted in these totals.

Affordable Child Care Benefit (ACCB)

The Affordable Child Care Benefit helps families with the cost of child care, depending on factors like family size, type of care and household income.

Children Who Received ACCB
Monthly Average
FY 2020/21
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1 Service Delivery Area (SDA) boundaries are determined using a child s family address. In a small number of cases there are families where the SDA cannot be determined; these families and children 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.
ACCB Caseload
Monthly Children and Families
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1 Monthly children and families receiving CCS or ACCB by claim date.
2 The increase after September 2018 coincides with the start of the ACCB program.
3 The decrease after March 2020 is related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Early Childhood Educator Wage Enhancement (ECE WE)

ECE WE by SDA (CCOF Facilities)
Total
Fiscal Year 2020/21
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1 Service Delivery Area (SDA) boundaries are determined using facility postal codes. In a small number of cases there are postal codes where the SDA cannot be determined; in these cases, the facility information is presented in the overall figure, but not in the SDA figures. Because of this, SDA figures may not sum to the BC figure.
2 Organizations that have facilities in several SDAs are counted in each SDA figure but only once in the overall BC figure.
3 An ECE that worked in more than one SDA during the fiscal year will be counted in each SDA figure but only once in the overall BC figure.
4 Includes ECEs working at CCOF facilities only. There are over 400 additional ECEs receiving the ECE WE at $10 a Day ChildCareBC Centres.