Provincial Office for the Early Years Launched

The new Provincial Office for the Early Years will focus on the needs of families with children up to age six and help ensure they have easy access to a range of early-years services no matter where they live in B.C., announced Minister of Children and Family Development Stephanie Cadieux at the UBC Early Years Conference in Vancouver.

The office, housed within the ministry, will:

  • Ensure that services across government and across B.C. are co-ordinated and effective.
  • Focus on consulting with parents and service providers throughout the province to determine how best to meet the needs of families.
  • Oversee early-years programs and services, including leading inter-ministry partnerships and co-ordinating cross-ministry service improvements.
  • Lead the implementation of a network of early-years centres, which will offer parents and families one-stop convenient access to a range of practical advice, supports and services.

The Early Years Strategy is an eight-year government commitment to improve the accessibility, affordability and quality of early-years programs and services for families with young children. Government has committed $76 million to support the first three years of the strategy, including $32 million to support the creation of up to 2,000 new licensed child-care spaces. Read more.


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