As the NDP government begins implementing its new approach to child care, private facility owners are worried they could be left behind.
Reaghan Gasparre has two child care centres in Maple Ridge, and is concerned the province is moving to favour non-profits over private owners.
“We’re asking about this, and where do you see us, and they are not answering.”
She fears cutting off their eligibility for major capital funding grants is where the government will start.
“‘Major capital funding’ means that they will give either $500,000 if you’re non-profit or $250,000 if you’re private. If you apply to them and get approved, you’re eligible for this money to open a centre.”
At this point, everyone in good standing is eligible for such grants.
“Many private daycares have done that and they were able to get money from the government, and it helps off set the costs of operating a daycare because you don’t start off with a massive debt.”
So far, Gasparre says her questions to the province about if they will be included in the next program have gone unanswered.
The Ministry only told CKNW the program rules are being written and will be out in a few months.
About the overall child care plan, Minister responsible — Katrina Chen — has stated all forms of child care are important.
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