The CVRD has created a plan for child care in the region over the next 10 years. (Black Press file photo)

CVRD creates plan to fill child care chasm in Cowichan over next decade

Spaces and costs are main concerns for area families

A recently completed plan will help the Cowichan Valley Regional District determine the direction for child care services over the next 10 years.

The Cowichan Region Child Care Plan found that the area currently has a 22 per cent coverage rate for children ages 0-12, meaning there are 22 child care spaces available for every 100 children in that age group. Space in schools was not factored in.

Cost and the availability of child care spaces are the main concerns for families in the Cowichan Valley, and approximately one half of the families reported those to be barriers to them receiving their preferred choice of child care.

“We now anticipate that one in five families in the Cowichan region have unmet needs and aggressive increases in coverage rates are required to respond to existing demand,” said CVRD general manager of community services John Elzinga. “With the child care space-creation targets recommended in this plan, we now have a solid understanding how and where our local and regional governments can support the creation of new child care programs and centres to meet the current and future shortfall.”

The plan has several recommendations, including increasing coverage rates and creating new child care sites, improving access to child care by public transit, extended and non-traditional hours to accommodate shift work, promotion of child care as a career and improved access to training, greater cultural diversity in child care centres, and increased resources for children with extra support needs.

The Cowichan Region Child Care Plan was created by the CVRD along with the Municipality of North Cowichan and the City of Duncan, and the towns of Ladysmith and Lake Cowichan.

ChildcareCowichan Valley Regional District

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Drivesmart column: Are slow drivers breaking the law?

When I am behind a driver that is going slower it bothers me.

WildWings Festival pandemic edition coming to Cowichan in October

Three outdoor events, two reception-free art shows, and one small indoor workshop.

Jr. B season could start Oct. 1, says VIJHL president

League awaiting final approval from local health authorities and viaSport

Flashback: Trips around the lake, to Japan, and on a dangerous highway

Welcome to Lake Flashback. Reporter Sarah Simpson has been combing through old… Continue reading

Cowichan’s 49ers just miss fourth Grover Cup

Since the 49ers were founded, the team had never lost a Tony Grover Cup final

QUIZ: Do you know what’s on TV?

Fall is normally the time when new television shows are released

Canadian ski resorts wrestle with pandemic-vs.-profit dilemma as COVID-19 persists

Few are actually restricting the total number of skiers they allow on the hill

Victoria-area RCMP locate high-risk sex offender thanks to help of taxi cab driver

Scott Jones wanted on a Canada-wide warrant, ‘a risk to women and girls,’ police say

Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

A (virtual) walk around the world by 88-year-old B.C. man

George Doi says it’s simple: ‘I like walking’

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

End of CERB means uncertainty for some, new system for others

As of a week ago, the CERB had paid out $79.3 billion to 8.8 million people

Horgan, Wilkinson trade barbs over MSP premiums, health care at campaign stops

Horgan called a snap election for Oct. 24 earlier this week

Most Read