Minister of Children and Family Development Stephanie Cadieux released the following statement to celebrate the start of Child Care Month in B.C.:
“Every day, B.C. parents trust child-care providers with the most important thing in their lives – their children.
“Many parents depend on child care so they can go back to work or upgrade their skills – knowing their children are safe and well cared for offers a peace of mind that is immeasurable.
“Child-care providers become part of the family. They spend quality time with children every day and introduce young and busy minds to music, art, reading and the power of imagination. They teach our children new skills and care for them when they’re hurt or sad.
“During Child Care Month, and throughout the year, it’s important to celebrate the thousands of dedicated and nurturing individuals throughout the province who play a critical role in shaping who our children become.
“As part of our Child Care Month celebrations, we will honour this year’s winners of the Child Care Awards of Excellence throughout B.C., including child-care facilities who will receive Legacy Awards for dedicating 40 or more years of service to B.C. children and families.
“We will also make announcements about other early years programs and services, including Child Care Major Capital, the Early Childhood Education Bursary and other new and enhanced online services that help support families to find child care.
“Child-care providers serve an integral and invaluable role in our communities. Please join me in thanking these amazing individuals for their hard work and dedication to B.C. kids.”