The Director of Programs at the Parkside Academy, where a prototype site for universal childcare is located, says parents are feeling relieved.

Since November 1st, parents with children up to 12 years old in the child care facility have been paying 200 dollars per month per child, down from 975 dollars.

Adriana Soler said parents are reporting they can focus their attention on other expenses because their cost for child care went from 975 dollars a month per child to 200.

Parkside Academy is the only not-for-profit group child care centre in North Cowichan, they provide care to over 100 children and it was one of only 52 sites in the province chosen to participate in the pilot project.

In exchange for their participation, Soler says they have to provide feedback to the Ministry of Children and Family Development about the impact of the reduced fees for families as well as the impact on the Early Childhood Education centre and what may, or may not, be working.