Childcare

Minister of Families, Children and Social Development Ahmed Hussen takes part in a press conference in Ottawa on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. His department would likely take the lead in creating a federally funded child-care system. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

VIDEO: Liberals to unveil first step on child-care plan in economic update, sources say

Liberals have privately described plan as major new spending being considered behind closed doors

 

Children’s backpacks and shoes are seen at a daycare in Langley, B.C., on Tuesday May 29, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

National child-care system would boost women’s job numbers and economy, report says

Liberals have promised to make a long-term spending commitment to create a national child-care system

 

The Greater Victoria School District is in the midst of creating 316 new child care spaces. (The Canadian Press/Darryl Dyck)

Nine new child care studios coming to Greater Victoria in 2021

Three should be ready in January and the remaining six in September

 

National child-care plan could help Canada rebound from COVID-induced economic crisis: prof

National child-care plan could help Canada rebound from COVID-induced economic crisis: prof

A $2 billion investment this year could help parents during second wave of pandemic

National child-care plan could help Canada rebound from COVID-induced economic crisis: prof
Virtual babysitting helps parents juggle double responsibilities during pandemic

Virtual babysitting helps parents juggle double responsibilities during pandemic

For 40 minutes at a time, parents can be free of the kids for whatever they need

Virtual babysitting helps parents juggle double responsibilities during pandemic
Lavington resident Dave Pope chained himself to a tree in the park across from the local elementary school Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in protest against use of park space for the construction of a child care facility. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)                                Lavington resident Dave Pope chained himself to a tree in the park across from the local elementary school Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in protest against use of park space for the construction of a child care facility. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)

North Okanagan man chains himself to tree in protest of construction

Crews began work clearing space for a new facility Thursday, Aug. 6

Lavington resident Dave Pope chained himself to a tree in the park across from the local elementary school Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in protest against use of park space for the construction of a child care facility. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)                                Lavington resident Dave Pope chained himself to a tree in the park across from the local elementary school Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in protest against use of park space for the construction of a child care facility. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)
Andrea MacDonald with her daughters Rose, 5, and Grace, 9, take part online with Twitter’s “virtual camp” at their summer residence in Harcourt, Ont., Sunday, August 2, 2020. When MacDonald begins working from home each morning, keeping her two daughters busy is rarely a worry. Grace and Rose have spent the last two months being read Dr. Seuss books by Twitter Inc. founder Jack Dorsey and learning about literary terms through Harry Potter. Both are part of Camp Twitter, a virtual program for kids of the tech company’s employees. The offering is one of several dreamed up by companies to help Canadian employees juggle their professional and parenting duties, while working from home and having limited camps, daycare, school or child care options to lean on during the COVID-19 pandemic. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Thornhill

Companies get creative to help parents juggle work and kids during pandemic

Experts say child care solutions are key to keeping women in the workforce

Andrea MacDonald with her daughters Rose, 5, and Grace, 9, take part online with Twitter’s “virtual camp” at their summer residence in Harcourt, Ont., Sunday, August 2, 2020. When MacDonald begins working from home each morning, keeping her two daughters busy is rarely a worry. Grace and Rose have spent the last two months being read Dr. Seuss books by Twitter Inc. founder Jack Dorsey and learning about literary terms through Harry Potter. Both are part of Camp Twitter, a virtual program for kids of the tech company’s employees. The offering is one of several dreamed up by companies to help Canadian employees juggle their professional and parenting duties, while working from home and having limited camps, daycare, school or child care options to lean on during the COVID-19 pandemic. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Thornhill
Minister of Employment, Workforce Development Carla Qualtrough announced $625 million in federal funding to support child care for parents returning to work post-pandemic at the Richmond Olympic Oval on Friday, July 24, 2020. (Submitted photo)

Federal government commits $625 million in child care funding

Funds to help ensure enough child care spaces to support parents’ gradual return to work post-COVID

Minister of Employment, Workforce Development Carla Qualtrough announced $625 million in federal funding to support child care for parents returning to work post-pandemic at the Richmond Olympic Oval on Friday, July 24, 2020. (Submitted photo)
Lana Popham, Minister of Agriculture and MLA for Saanich South (left); Katrine Conroy, Minister of Children and Family Development; and Rob Fleming, Minister of Education and MLA for Victoria-Swan Lake announced that 462 new childcare spaces will be coming to the CRD. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)

Province invests in more than 400 more childcare spaces in Greater Victoria

‘These extra spaces will provide relief for many families,’ says Cordova Bay Elementary PAC president

Lana Popham, Minister of Agriculture and MLA for Saanich South (left); Katrine Conroy, Minister of Children and Family Development; and Rob Fleming, Minister of Education and MLA for Victoria-Swan Lake announced that 462 new childcare spaces will be coming to the CRD. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
Rachel Hess of Discovery Playhouse Children’s Society of Pitt Meadows with Ethan, Marcus and Madeleine. (Black Press Media file photo)

Six Greater Victoria municipalities partner for childcare analysis

A new study will help tally what’s available and what’s needed

Rachel Hess of Discovery Playhouse Children’s Society of Pitt Meadows with Ethan, Marcus and Madeleine. (Black Press Media file photo)
Daniel Church (left) and Andy Lee have been paired as a little and big brother through the Big Brothers, Big Sisters Victoria branch for more than four years. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)

100 Greater Victoria kids on waitlist for Big Brothers and Big Sisters

The Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Victoria is in desparate need of more mentors

Daniel Church (left) and Andy Lee have been paired as a little and big brother through the Big Brothers, Big Sisters Victoria branch for more than four years. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)
VIU early childhood education student Sabrina Limas, left, speaks to B.C. minister of state for child care Katrina Chen on Monday morning at the university’s Nanaimo campus. (Greg Sakaki/News Bulletin)

B.C. launches $2-million childcare professional development network

Minister of state announced program Monday on Vancouver Island

VIU early childhood education student Sabrina Limas, left, speaks to B.C. minister of state for child care Katrina Chen on Monday morning at the university’s Nanaimo campus. (Greg Sakaki/News Bulletin)
B.C. Education Minister Rob Fleming colours with some kids at the recently opened Arbutus Grove Children’s Studio. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff).

Province adds 260 more childcare spaces in Greater Victoria

144 spaces will be located at elementary schools

B.C. Education Minister Rob Fleming colours with some kids at the recently opened Arbutus Grove Children’s Studio. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff).
Several winter break camp options are available from the West Shore Parks and Recreation Society. (Pxhere)
Several winter break camp options are available from the West Shore Parks and Recreation Society. (Pxhere)
New licensed child care spaces in the CRD announced Tuesday by Katrine Conroy, Minister of Children and Family Development. (Keri Coles/Black Press Media)

439 new licensed child care spaces for Greater Victoria

$4.6 million in funding for Victoria spaces comes through Childcare BC New Spaces Fund

New licensed child care spaces in the CRD announced Tuesday by Katrine Conroy, Minister of Children and Family Development. (Keri Coles/Black Press Media)
The Fernwood Neighbourhood Resource Group was one of 53 childcare spaces selected in BC for the $10/day childcare pilot project. (Google Maps)

Fernwood daycare selected for $10 per day childcare pilot project

53 daycares were selected out of 300 applicants across the province

The Fernwood Neighbourhood Resource Group was one of 53 childcare spaces selected in BC for the $10/day childcare pilot project. (Google Maps)
Rachel Hess of Discovery Playhouse Children’s Society of Pitt Meadows with Ethan, Marcus and Madeleine. The daycare has just two years left in its lease with the city. (Neil Corbett/The News)

Victoria mayor planning for 300 new affordable childcare spaces

The childcare spaces would be located on SD61 properties throughout Victoria

Rachel Hess of Discovery Playhouse Children’s Society of Pitt Meadows with Ethan, Marcus and Madeleine. The daycare has just two years left in its lease with the city. (Neil Corbett/The News)
The Vic West Community Centre will be the site of a new childcare pilot project supported by the City of Victora. Nicole Crescenzi/VICTORIA NEWS

Vic West to host childcare expansion pilot project

New spaces at Vic West Community Centre initially will be housed in portable

The Vic West Community Centre will be the site of a new childcare pilot project supported by the City of Victora. Nicole Crescenzi/VICTORIA NEWS
A new website from the Victoria Early Years Centre is designed to help parents find resources for their young children. (File photo)

New regional website designed to help parents find childcare support

The Victoria Early Years Centre is connecting families with over 200 centres

A new website from the Victoria Early Years Centre is designed to help parents find resources for their young children. (File photo)
Babies to Big Kids daycare, which serviced over 70 families, has given a one-month notice about their closure (File photo)

Impending closure of Vic West daycare has over 70 families scrambling

Babies to Big Kids Daycare shutting its doors end of June, ahead of its lease ending

Babies to Big Kids daycare, which serviced over 70 families, has given a one-month notice about their closure (File photo)