Access to safe and affordable child care that enables Basin residents to work and Basin businesses to retain employees is identified in the Columbia Basin Management Plan (2020-2022) as a desired outcome of the strategic priority, Support for Business Renewal.
Since 2017, the Trust’s Child Care Support Program has helped maintain and create new child care spaces in the Basin, train more Early Childhood Educators, and provide advisory services to child care providers.
To date, the Trust’s Child Care Support Program helped:
- create 922 new child care spaces
- improve over 2,500 existing child care spaces
- certify and train more than 180 Early Childhood Educators
- enhance the wages of 234 Early Childhood Educators
- support four Basin-wide professional development conferences for Early Childhood Educators
- support more than 100 child care providers through its Child Care Advisor
Child Care Support Advisor
As part of the Child Care Support Program, Columbia Basin Trust has partnered with Kootenay Kids Society to provide advisory services to registered child care providers in the Basin. These advisory services will support, enhance and increase quality licensed child care spaces.
To learn more about these services and connect with the Child Care Advisor, click here.
Child Care Capital Grants
The Child Care Capital Grants program focuses on strengthening the quality of child care in the Basin.
If you are looking to create new child care spaces, we invite you to contact us to discuss your project. We support projects that have broad community support, a building location, an experienced operator, and possible funding from other sources. Support may include:
- Proposal development support
- Capital grant funding
- Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Early Childhood Educator Wage Subsidy Program
The Early Childhood Educator Wage Subsidy Program helps strengthen the Early Childhood Educator (ECE) workforce by providing a $2 per hour wage subsidy to enhance the wages of eligible ECEs employed by licensed child care facilities in the Columbia Basin Trust region.
This program is open. Click here to learn more.
Early Childhood Educator Training Wage Program
The Early Childhood Educator Training Wage Program helps strengthen the Early Childhood Educator (ECE) workforce by providing a training wage to ECE Assistants (ECEAs) and certified ECEs, employed by licensed child care facilities in the Basin, to support them to complete and/or upgrade their ECE qualifications.
Applications are open. Click here to learn more.
Other Support for Early Childhood Educators
The Trust also offers support for Early Childhood Educators through its Training Fee Support Program.
To learn about other supports available for Early Childhood Educators, visit www.ecebc.ca. The Early Childhood Educators of BC (ECEBC), in partnership with the Province of British Columbia, delivers the ECE Education Support Fund.