A small Victoria family daycare provider says she’s conflicted about whether or not to opt-in to the province’s new child care fee reduction program.
Kim Monterey says she wants to help families she cares for save money. But she’s not sure signing a provincial contract for her family child care (FCC) facility would be worth it.
She said choosing to sign up in the program would give the government too much control over her business.
The B.C. government introduced a child care strategy in February as an attempt to reduce child care costs to parents by an average of $60 to $350 a month beginning April.
To date, more than 1,500 providers signed up to the program with 1,100 receiving approval.
Monterey said the contract also states that FCCs have to help with provincial advertising of the program if the government asks.
What’s more, if a child care provider has opted-in, they have to remain loyal to the contract until it expires.
Monterey said she hasn’t raised her rates since opening her daycare in 2013. She’s concerned opting-in would leave the province in control of her fee structure.
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