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$10 A Day Child Care FAQs

Sea to Sky Community Services (SSCS) is proud to participate in the Province of B.C.’s $10 a Day ChildCareBC Program offering families in Pemberton and Squamish affordable, quality childcare.

Learn more about the program below.

What is a $10 a Day ChildCareBC Centre?

The Province of B.C. has undertaken to reduce child care fees and expand child care access for all families in B.C. As part of that plan, they are funding a limited number of existing licensed child care providers as part of a $10 a Day ChildCare BC Program.

Partnering with existing child care providers, and the federal government, to offer deep fee reductions to families is part of the Province’s ten-year ChildCareBC plan to ensure inclusive, affordable child care is a core service that families can rely on.

SSCS applied, and was approved to operate eight $10 a Day ChildCareBC Centres – which will continue to offer quality child care for only $10 a day to a maximum of $200 per month.

You can read more about $10 a Day ChildCareBC Centres here.

Why is SSCS participating in this program?

SSCS values working creatively and collaboratively with our government partners and stakeholders to enhance the lives of local residents. When the Province of B.C. expanded their $10 a Day ChildCareBC Program, we saw this as the perfect opportunity to support the growth of universal, affordable child care in the Sea to Sky Corridor, and beyond.

Which SSCS child care programs are now $10 a Day ChildCareBC Centres?

A total of 180 SSCS child care spaces (12 in Pemberton and 168 in Squamish) will now operate as $10 a Day ChildCareBC Centres.
They are:

  • Brackendale Childcare Program
  • Dandelions and Dragonflies
  • Valleycliffe Out of School Care
  • Mamquam Out of School Care
  • Brackendale Out of School Care
  • Pemberton Out of School Care
  • Squamish Out of School Care (also applies to full day daycare during school breaks)
  • Garibaldi Highlands Out of School Care (also applies to full day daycare during school breaks)
Are any SSCS child care programs not participating in the $10 a Day ChildCareBC Program?

Yes – there is one SSCS child care program that were not eligible to participate. The Garibaldi Highlands Preschool is not participating at this time. Parents in that program will be notified directly if this changes.

When will SSCS be making the change to the $10 a Day ChildCareBC Program?

The $10 a Day ChildCareBC Program will operate between April 2023 and March 31, 2025. The province will communicate in advance of March 2025 with participating sites, regarding continuation of this funding opportunity.

My child's daycare will transition to the $10 a Day ChildCareBC Program. What do I need to do?

As a currently enrolled family, you should receive a letter from us and the province outlining next steps.

Your child will be automatically enrolled in the $10 a Day ChildCareBC Program and your child care fees will be automatically capped at $200/month (excluding any additional fees for extended hours, late fees, or optional services such as a meal plan or extra-curricular lessons or programming.)

How do families register for the $10 a Day ChildCareBC Program?

Families who are currently enrolled in one of our eight participating child care programs – Dandelions and Dragonflies, Valleycliffe Out of School Care, Mamquam Out of School Care, Brackendale Out of School Care, Brackendale Childcare Program, Pemberton Out of School Care, Squamish Out of School Care, and Garibaldi Highlands Out of School Care (not the Preschool-Aged Program) – will be automatically registered for the $10 a Day ChildCareBC Program.

Families who are currently registered in a non-participating SSCS child care program and those currently on our waitlist, will be advised should a spot in the $10 a Day ChildCareBC Program come available.

Please register here for our waitlists:

Will I still be able to use my Affordable Child Care Benefit if I participate in this program?

Yes. Families that are eligible for the Affordable Child Care Benefit will continue to have the benefit applied to their child care.  For some families, the combined savings from the benefit and the $10 a Day ChildCareBC Program will mean they can access child care at no cost.

You can learn more about the Affordable Child Care Benefit and whether your family qualifies here.

How long is the $10 a Day ChildCareBC Program in place and will families have to go back to current fees once it ends?

Our $10 a Day ChildCareBC Program will operate between April 2023 and March 31, 2025. The province will communicate in advance of March 2025 with participating sites, regarding continuation of this funding opportunity.

The province has made a commitment to make inclusive, affordable child care a core service every family can rely on by year 10 of the ChildCareBC plan. Additionally, the Government of Canada has committed to supporting the province to achieve an average fee of $10 a day for children 0-5 under the terms of the Canada-wide Early Learning and Child Care Agreement.

The province is committed to ensuring parents will continue to have access to affordable child care as we move towards an inclusive, child care system. Information regarding funding past March 2025 will be shared in advance with your child care provider.

Please note, the $10 a Day ChildCareBC Program is voluntary, and if a $10 a Day site chooses at any time not to continue participation in the current or future funding model, they will revert to their previous operational funding, including market-based parent fees.

Will late fees be covered?

No. The current policy for late fees will remain in effect and additional charges will be applied.

Will there be program closures?

Programs that operate year-round will be closed for a yearly maximum of two weeks. One week at the end of summer to prepare for the new school year and they may also close during the winter break.  Programs that run from September-June will be closed during all school closures (winter, spring, and summer breaks, as well as Pro D days).

Where is the money coming from to pay for the expansion of $10 a Day ChildCareBC Program?

Sites that are part of the 2023 expansion are being funded by the Province of B.C., as announced in Budget 2023, through enhanced operational grants to approved licensed child care providers.