The YMCA centres in Chetwynd and Fort St. John have joined B.C.’s $10 a day child care program, the province announced Thursday.

The Chetwynd YMCA Centre offers 25 spaces for children aged three to five years old, while the YMCA centre at Ma Murray in Fort St. John offers 61 spaces ranging from infant to school age.

The cost per child for full-time enrolment at one of these sites will cost a family no more than $200, according to the province.

“The $10 a Day ChildCareBC funding is not only greatly affecting my family but others as well,” said Kristan, parent of a child at the YMCA Chetwynd Care and Learning Centre, in a release.

“Many moms stay at home because the cost of daycare outweighed the wages made and this allows so many of us to be able to actually afford to work. It gives more children the opportunity to socialize and get the experience they need to be successful in kindergarten. We get the best of both worlds with this grant, and it has been something needed for so long in many communities.”

Thursday’s announcement is a part of the province’s commitment in the 2021 budget to expand $10 a day spaces by converting existing licensed child care spaces into low-cost spaces.

Since 2018, the $10 a day child care program has grown from offering 2,500 spaces to over 6,500 in 2022, the province said in a release.

Through the Canada-Wide Early Learning and Child Care Agreement with the federal government, the province expects to have 12,500 low-cost spaces by the end of this year.

The province says Northeast B.C. has opened seven low-cost care sites since 2018, offering a total of 390 spaces.

Other northeast sites now offering low-cost child care spaces as part of the province’s Thursday announcement include Vanderhoof, Prince Goerge, and Valemount.