Childcare

Carol O’Connor, Bill Preston and Karen Charlesworth of Into The Woods Childcare Society, express the need for start-up funds for the Into the Woods Early Learning Studio (background) that is nearing completion. (Michael Briones photo)

Qualicum Beach council approves more funding for daycare centre project

Into the Woods Society denied request for startup loan

 

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

 

James and Jodie Dobby and baby Jacob receive a book bag at the Roots to Read launch event at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital on June 1. The program promotes reading to newborn babies. (Karl Yu/News Bulletin)

New Island program encourages reading right away to newborn babies

Roots to Read launched last month at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital

 

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

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

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)
Parksville Qualicum MLA Adam Walker and Minister of Children and Family Development Mitzi Dean interact with the children at the Arrowview Kids Club during a visit on April 20. (Michael Briones photo)

Parksville Qualicum Beach families benefit from new child care spaces

Minister Dean, MLA Walker visit daycare centres

Parksville Qualicum MLA Adam Walker and Minister of Children and Family Development Mitzi Dean interact with the children at the Arrowview Kids Club during a visit on April 20. (Michael Briones photo)
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)
Duane Round (left), president of the Parksville Community Centre Society, was onsite with volunteers cleaning and preparing the new community centre facility at 223 Mills St. in Parksville on March 12, 2022. (Michael Briones photo)
Duane Round (left), president of the Parksville Community Centre Society, was onsite with volunteers cleaning and preparing the new community centre facility at 223 Mills St. in Parksville on March 12, 2022. (Michael Briones photo)
The Parksville Community Centre, at 132 Jensen Ave., where BGC Central Vancouver Island will open and operate the BGC Parksville Child and Family Centre. (PQB News photo)

Update on Parksville Child and Family Centre programs provided by city

Full-time facility to be opened at 132 Jensen Ave.

The Parksville Community Centre, at 132 Jensen Ave., where BGC Central Vancouver Island will open and operate the BGC Parksville Child and Family Centre. (PQB News photo)
The former Parksville Community Centre, 132 Jensen Ave., will have 91 childcare spaces as the BGC Parksville Child and Family Centre, with programs available in the summer and fall of 2022. (PQB News file photo)

Renovations underway for BGCCVI Parksville Child and Family Centre

Centre will have spaces for community use and remain primary location for government voting

The former Parksville Community Centre, 132 Jensen Ave., will have 91 childcare spaces as the BGC Parksville Child and Family Centre, with programs available in the summer and fall of 2022. (PQB News file photo)
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
An image depicting renovation plans for the Parksville Community Centre so it can accommodate childcare spaces, as presented by the manager of special projects for the city during the Dec. 20, 2021, city council meeting. (Submitted photo)
An image depicting renovation plans for the Parksville Community Centre so it can accommodate childcare spaces, as presented by the manager of special projects for the city during the Dec. 20, 2021, city council meeting. (Submitted photo)
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
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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
More child care spaces will soon be available in School District 69 (Qualicum), as the Town of Qualicum Beach has officially begun construction on ‘Into the Woods Early Learning Studio,’ which will be located in the town-owned community park. Construction is expected to be complete by early 2022. (Black Press Media file photo)

Qualicum Beach begins construction for daycare in town-owned community park

Construction expected to be completed in early 2022

More child care spaces will soon be available in School District 69 (Qualicum), as the Town of Qualicum Beach has officially begun construction on ‘Into the Woods Early Learning Studio,’ which will be located in the town-owned community park. Construction is expected to be complete by early 2022. (Black Press Media file photo)
Six fir tree stumps, an arbutus branch and two doormats were stolen from the Oceanside Building Learning Together’s Munchkinland Exploration Centre in Parksville between Aug. 27 and Aug. 30, 2021. The stumps and branch had been earmarked as decoration for a new childcare program in Errington. (Mandy Moraes photo)
Six fir tree stumps, an arbutus branch and two doormats were stolen from the Oceanside Building Learning Together’s Munchkinland Exploration Centre in Parksville between Aug. 27 and Aug. 30, 2021. The stumps and branch had been earmarked as decoration for a new childcare program in Errington. (Mandy Moraes photo)
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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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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
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