New Beginnings is more than just a daycare to Carly. It is a support system that allowed her to go back to work and provide for her family without worrying about the high costs of childcare or the quality of care.
Since becoming Abbotsford’s first $10 a Day ChildCareBC Program site for children under the age of three in April 2022, New Beginnings daycare has helped reduce the financial strain on families.
Carly needed to go back to work after her maternity leave, but as a mom with three young children childcare seemed too expensive to become a reality. That was until she heard about the New Beginnings childcare facility.
“Archway’s New Beginning $10 a day program has helped us make the decision for me to go back to work after maternity leave. It saves us time and money due to the fact that food is provided, and the activities and care they provide to the children is exceptional,” said Carly.
“Archway’s New Beginning $10 a day program has helped us make the decision for me to go back to work after maternity leave. It saves us time and money due to the fact that food is provided, and the activities and care they provide to the children is exceptional.”
Carly formed a bond with the staff, who she felt truly cared about her children and their well-being. She loved hearing about the activities they did each day, from arts and crafts to outdoor adventures. New Beginnings wasn’t just a daycare; it was a place where her children could learn and grow.
“We highly recommend New Beginnings and have loved our experience with the amazing staff since day one,” said Carly.
“At New Beginnings, our open-door policy warmly welcomes parents and grants them unrestricted access to the program,” said Maria Cargnelli, Archway’s Manager of Early Years & Family Supports.
“This caring and supportive approach encourages meaningful interactions between our staff and parents, allowing us to work closely together in supporting each child’s development.”
Since 1990, Abbotsford’s New Beginnings has been known as a leader in working with parents of young children. It provides part-time and full-time programs for parents to complete or upgrade their education. It also offers childcare for parents who are not enrolled in the New Beginnings Young Parent program.
“I was home for almost three years in a row. Going back to work after such a long time and needing childcare for two children was financially and emotionally stressful.”
Anita is another parent whose transition back to work has been made easier by the $10 A Day ChildCareBC Program.
After their second child, Anita needed to get back into the workforce to supplement her husband’s income. But with two children needing full-time care, she and her husband were worried about the financial strain that childcare would put on their family, especially after an already tough financial period.
“A few months before our first was due, the pandemic started and my husband was laid off so for the next six months we relied only on my Employment Insurance. Then we had our second child sooner than expected, so I was home for almost three years in a row. Going back to work after such a long time and needing childcare for two children was financially and emotionally stressful,” said Anita.
When they heard about New Beginnings, it was a huge relief to know that they wouldn’t have to sacrifice one of their salaries just to pay for childcare. The program gave them the freedom to pursue and grow in their careers.
“The $10/day program is a huge help and made the transition back to work so much easier. We don’t have to worry about having two large bills coming in at the end of each month,” said Anita.
“We just finished our first year as a $10 A Day ChildCareBC Program site and it’s been amazing to see how transformative it has been in making childcare more accessible for families,” said Cargnelli. “It’s so important for families to have access to high-quality, inclusive and affordable childcare for the wellbeing of the children and their parents.”
Anita knew her children were in good hands and that their children were getting the care and attention they deserved. Anita cannot say enough good things about the New Beginnings program.
“We value the care that the staff provide, the health-forward meal planning, and the focus on play and outdoor activities. So, thank you for making my first year back to work so awesome!”
$10 A Day ChildCareBC Programs are made possible by funding from the Province of British Columbia, specifically the Ministry of Education and Child Care. This story is not intended to speak on behalf of the Province.
“We just finished our first year as a $10 A Day ChildCareBC Program site and it’s been amazing to see how transformative it has been in making childcare more accessible for families.”