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Daycare Plans: Child Care and Executive Director

daycare plans: David Lau, executive director of VIRCS, told All Points West host Jason D'Souza the need for child care, especially for infants, is so acute that the centre started receiving wait-list requests even before daycare plans were formally announced for the building it purchased in June, according to CBC. Province announces 33M to create 3,800 new child-care spaces B.C. NDP say universal child care won't come until after February budget announcement With help from the 371,173 in provincial funding, Lau said, we're hoping to build a trauma-informed daycare service. The Victoria Immigrant and Refugee Centre Society's planned daycare for 28 infants and children, in partnership with Family Services of Victoria, is among the projects eligible for provincial funding to create 948 new child-care spaces in Victoria and Vancouver Island communities stretching from Ucluelet to Campbell River. He said it is a model that was developed in Australia, although he is not aware of a similar daycare in Canada. VIRCS already operates programs for older children and youth including an adjustment support group for ages six to 11 to help immigrant and refugee children overcome challenges such as grief, separation from family members, isolation and traumatic experiences. With the sorts of kids that go through our centre and also Family Services of Greater Victoria, we do have some kids who go through and they could definitely use some help, he said. ( As reported in the news.