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City of Vancouver exceeds target for new childcare

May 22 2014

“The City is committed to investing in childcare as a way to improve early childhood education and make Vancouver more affordable for young families,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson.

Children at a playground

At today’s Childcare Month celebration, Mayor Gregor Robertson announced that the City of Vancouver has surpassed its three-year target for creating new childcare spaces.

Surpassed target for new childcare spaces

With seven months remaining, the City has already surpassed its three-year target for creating 500 new childcare spaces in Vancouver, with a total of 599 City-facilitated spaces built or committed since 2012.

Since 2009, the City has invested $62 million into childcare, facilitating the creation of 975 new childcare spaces, with 751 built, and an additional 224 committed.

Committed to investing in childcare

“The City is committed to investing in childcare as a way to improve early childhood education and make Vancouver more affordable for young families,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “Too many Vancouver families struggle every day to find affordable childcare, which puts a strain on hard-working parents and grandparents in our city.”

“By investing in childcare, we’re expanding opportunities for our kids and making Vancouver a more inclusive city to live in. We are pleased to be making a significant contribution to creating new childcare spaces, and by continuing to work with our partners, we’ll keep building on this progress,” added Mayor Robertson.

A $5 million surplus in the City’s 2012 budget was invested into the Childcare Reserve to support the affordability of infant and toddler care, as they are the most in need on the childcare spectrum. This was the largest one-time investment in childcare in the City’s history.

Investing in childcare leads to a healthy city and economy

Research has shown that early learning is critical for brain, social, physical, and emotional development in children. Investing in early learning and childcare leads to a healthy city and economy and brings a $2 return on every $1 invested, in benefits to the child, family, and society. The Vancouver Economic Action Strategy identified the need for enhanced affordability and availability of childcare to attract, retain, and support talent. Childcare is also a priority investment area in the City’s four-year Capital Plan.

The City’s Healthy City Strategy, now under development, considers A Good Start as one of the key building blocks of a healthy city for all. The strategy has a target for 85% of Vancouver’s children to be ready for school when they enter kindergarten by 2025.

Community partnership

The Mayor was joined by representatives from Collingwood Neighbourhood House, Vancouver Coastal Health, childcare advocates, and members of the Joint Childcare Council at the event, which included a tour of the recently opened 37-space Terry Tayler Early Learning Centre. The Centre is just one of many facilities in Vancouver with strong demand for childcare, with 71 children currently on the waiting list for the 37-space centre.

Mayor Robertson and community partners praised the work of thousands of caring and committed childcare operators and early childhood educators throughout the city.

Joint Childcare Council

In 2004, the Joint Childcare Council (JCC) was created, bringing together the City, Vancouver School Board, Park Board, Vancouver Coastal Health Authority, and the childcare community to coordinate planning efforts, provide leadership, and set targets for new childcare spaces. From 2009-2011, the JCC exceeded its benchmark of 300 new spaces by an additional 153, making this the second consecutive term in which the JCC has exceeded its target for new childcare spaces.

How we are committed to childcare in Vancouver

Children in a group

Children and childcare

Council is committed to making sure that all children get the support and care they need to grow and develop physically and mentally. Learn more about childcare and child development programs.

How we are creating a healthy city for all

The Healthy City Strategy is a long-term, integrated plan for healthier people, healthier places, and a healthier planet.

Healthy City Strategy

The Healthy City Strategy a long-term, integrated plan for healthier people, places, and planet. Learn more about our goals and actions.