The BC Government is providing a financial injection to expand the Early Childhood Education program at College of the Rockies.
Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Training Melanie Mark was in Cranbrook to make the announcement Friday.
The $130,000 investment will add 30 new seats to the ECE program.
Mark says this is part of the province’s push towards laying the foundation for a universal child care system. “We’re committed to creating a universal childcare plan. The quality is really essential to my ministry because we invest in E-C seats, we invest in early childhood educators that are going to come to places like College of the Rockies.”
Mark says its an investment into BC’s future and spoke to her personal experience dealing with our province’s childcare system. “Childcare is not an urban issue, it’s a provincial issue, affordability is not an urban issue, it’s a provincial issue. I’m proud to be part of a government that’s investing to make peoples lives easier. I have two children, running around scrambling to try to finish my degree, find childcare, work and volunteer was not easy.”
Projections show a total of 9,100 early childhood educators will be required to serve BC by 2027.
The government’s 2018 budget includes a pledge to invest 1-billion dollars towards laying the foundation for a universal childcare program.
– Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Training Melanie Mark