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Posted: May 16, 2019, 2:18 pm

Design Services for the Design and Construction of a Child Care Facility

District of Squamish

Design Services for the Design and
Construction of a Child Care Facility

The District is accepting proposals from qualified firms to provide Design Services for the design and construction of a child care facility in south Squamish.

Project funding is being provided under Community Child Care Space Creation Program by the BC Ministry of Children and Family Development under the Canada-British Columbia Early Learning and Child Care (ELCC) Agreement. The project will provide 36 new licensed child care spaces for infants and toddlers. The child care centre will be co-located at Valleycliffe Elementary School, and operated by Sea to Sky Community Services Society.

The lack of available child care space and the high cost of child care in the community are critical issues. Quality, accessible child care is integral to healthy childhood development and the ability of families to participate in the local workforce. The Squamish Child Care Needs Assessment and Strategy 2018-2023 prepared by SPARC BC identified core child care needs and targets within the community, as well as child care priorities and actions for quality, accessible and affordable child care.

The child care situation is critical as Squamish continues to experience strong growth, yet the local child care supply has not kept pace with demand. The community saw almost 14% overall growth between 2011 and 2016. Children aged 0-14 make up almost 20% of the town's population. This age cohort grew by 8% between 2006 and 2011, and by 16% between 2011-2016. The child care access rate was just under 20 spaces per 100 kids in 2016.

The 2018 needs assessment parent and caregiver survey showed that over 2 in 3 parents felt there was an inadequate supply of spaces in Squamish, and more than a quarter of respondents had a child on a waitlist. Further, less than half of parents/caregivers said that child care fees were sustainable for their family. To improve child care access (per the strategy's identified target access rates), an estimated 80-100 new child care spaces per year are needed to meet existing and projected future demand throughout the community.

While child care is primarily a provincial responsibility, to accelerate local child care space creation in Squamish, the District has leveraged available funding accessible to local governments, while continuing provincial advocacy for more spaces and affordable child care options in the community.

This project involves a partnership between the District of Squamish, Sea to Sky School District 48, and Sea to Sky Community Services Society to build and co-locate a municipally-owned child care facility located at Valleycliffe Elementary School site in Squamish South. The facility will provide 36 new full-time spaces (12 Infant/Toddler) plus 24 group care spaces (30 mo. to school age) in a new, stand-alone building. The proposed school site is centrally located in the Valleycliffe neighbourhood, in close proximity to John Hunter Park.

The site is zoned P2 (Assembly District) and permits child care facility use. The child care centre will be supported by a long-term land lease agreement between the School District and District of Squamish, and a long-term partner and operating agreement with Sea to Sky Community Services Society to operate the child care facility for a minimum of 15 years.

Request for Proposals No.: R19-04

Issued: May 15th 2019

Submission Deadline: June 6th 2019 @ 2 p.m. local time

Proposals must be submitted at:

Location: Squamish
Region: Lower Mainland
Business Categories: Construction,Engineering & Applied Science
Expires: June 6, 2019, 2:00 pm