Victoria: The BC government has said partnership with public post-secondary institutions, it is accelerating the expansion of early childhood education programs. 

The Province says with this decision, more than 1,300 people will have the opportunity to access this education over the next three years, with public post-secondary spaces in B.C. expected to increase by approximately 50 per cent.

According to the press release issued by the Province, with additional $16 million in provincial funding, more than 400 student spaces will be created in each of the next three years for people to take early childhood education programs to help address staffing pressures and prepare for anticipated job openings in the coming decade.

“We’re increasing opportunities for people to access education in the rewarding and in-demand field of early childhood education,” said Grace Lore, Minister of State for Child Care. 

“In B.C.,18 of 25 public post-secondary institutions are recognized to deliver childhood educators education programs approved by B.C.’s early childhood education registry. Since 2018, the Province has created 1,713 new, additional student spaces in approved these programs at 16 B.C. public post-secondary institutions throughout the province,” the press release said. 

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