BC Budget 2019 focus on Child Care

Meet daycare ‘lottery’ winners — will there be more in budget?

Katie DeRosa / Times Colonist

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Michael Robinson with his children, 22-month-old Sullivan and five-year-old Clementine. The family’s monthly cost for the kids’ care program has fallen from $1,850 to $350 under a government pilot project. Read more here...

Photograph By DARREN STONE, TIMES COLONIST

 

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$10aDay in the Media Again

Tackling poverty in B.C.—celebrating how far we’ve come and looking ahead

Now parents of 2,000 children throughout B.C. are experiencing the joy of $10-a-day childcare through the recently launched prototype program - from the Georgia Straight read more here

Interior cities wading carefully into child care studies

With wait lists for daycare spaces stretching to a year or more, some parents are starting their search even before their child is born - from InfoNews.ca in Kelowna read more here

West Shore childcare centres struggling to find educators

Provincial benefits increasing childcare demand that can’t be met, local centres say in the Sooke News Mirror - read more here

Report: Vancouver still among most expensive cities for child care but new policies offer hope

Vancouver remains among the most expensive cities for child care, but a newly released report suggests B.C.’s recent set-fee policies are a step in the right direction. In the Vancouver Sun - read more here

Child care costs just $10 a day for these B.C. families — and it’s changed their lives

Parents getting the reduced rate as part of the province’s pilot project say they’re less stressed, eating healthier and climbing out of debt. In the Star Vancouver - read more here

Child-care costs 'astronomical' in most of Canada, despite progress in some provinces

In Squamish, B.C., mom of two Laura Merriam says her four-year-old daughter's daycare was selected as one of the prototype sites for that $10 per day program. From CBC.ca - read more here

'Heading in the right direction': Advocates optimistic B.C.'s high childcare costs will decline

Report finds Vancouver has second most expensive childcare in Canada — but doesn't include new initiatives. From CBC.ca - read more here

Early childhood care act could bring B.C. in line with UN, advocate says

Affordable child-care advocate Sharon Gregson said B.C. could soon fall in line with the United Nations’ convention on the rights of children by creating an early care and learning act. From the Star Vancouver - read more here

B.C. Budget 2019: What we got last year, and what we want this year

“There has been more positive action on child care in the last 10 months than in the preceding 16 years,” in the Vancouver Sun - read more here

 

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January 2019 Update

2019 is an exciting and historic time for child care in BC. For the first time in a generation, we are on the road to a quality, affordable, public child care system.

Key elements of the $10aDay Plan are leading the way. One year into a three year budget of over $1 billion in new federal and provincial child care funding, parent fees are lower, educators’ wages are going up and new licensed spaces are underway. Here’s just some of what is already working.

Lower Parent Fees
Families of more than 50,000 children in licensed child care across BC are saving up to $350 per month under the Child Care Fee Reduction Initiative and an exciting 18 month initiative is funding 53 diverse licensed child care sites across BC caring for more than 2000 children to become Universal Child Care Prototypes. The prototypes receive public funds to bring fees down to a maximum $10/day ($200/month) for all families – as recommended in the $10aDay Plan. They will inform the future implementation of universal child care.

In addition, the new Affordable Child Care Benefit is providing further affordability relief for low and middle income families throughout BC.

Higher Educator Wages & Education
Under the new Recruitment and Retention Strategy, BC’s Early Childhood Education (ECE) professionals will receive 2 wage lifts over the next 2 years (each $1 per hour, or approximately $2,000 annually) plus a range of enhanced education supports.

More Licensed Spaces that Meet Diverse Family Needs
Capital funds will create 24,000 new licensed spaces over the next 3 years – with a priority on spaces created with public partners like school boards and local governments. Funds are also going to local planning, maintaining existing facilities, moving unlicensed spaces into the licensed sector, expanding options for families who work non-standard hours, young parent programs, and services for children with additional support needs.

BC’s government has also confirmed its commitment to Indigenous-led child care through support for the Indigenous Early Learning and Child Care Framework.

With these first steps from $10aDay in place, we are on the way to quality affordable child care in BC!

The $10aDay Plan Charts the Course Ahead
But, BC’s child care chaos can’t be solved overnight. It will take 10 years of sustained system building and increased funding to achieve high quality, affordable child care for all families who choose it. 

We are recommending to government that they:
• expand the $10 a day prototype sites so that more families have access to the life-changing benefits of affordable child care,
• continue to enhance the wages of early childhood educators, and
• initiate a quality child care modular prototype to speed up the creation of new licensed spaces with public partners.

BC needs continued momentum of the $10aDay campaign. This will ensure government continues to prioritize child care so that all families with young children and all early childhood educators in BC see the benefits of a quality universal child care system.

Make sure you’ve signed the $10aCay petition by clicking www.10aday.ca – and share with your friends, family and co-workers.

Together let’s keep the momentum going!

Sharon Gregson and the $10aDay team
http://www.10aday.ca/

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$10aDay in the Media

Duncan’s Parkside Academy chosen for universal day-care pilot project

Kelly Hall and Xituluq Hwitsum are delighted that Parkside Academy’s Somenos School site, a not-for-profit child-care centre in Duncan, has been chosen as a Universal Child Care Prototype Site. Read more here...

Letter: Time for City of Richmond to hike child care spaces

Earlier this month I was happy to hear the $10-a-Day prototype sites were launched. Read more here...

Victoria mayor, councillor call for city-wide daycare action plan

Victoria should create and implement a city-wide child-care action plan to increase access to child care in neighbourhoods across the city, say Coun. Jeremy Loveday and Mayor Lisa Helps. Read more here...

LETTERS Peace Arch News: Proper child care awaits

Editor: Access to quality child care is still an issue due to lack of licensed spaces. Read more here...

 

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Times Colonist - Letter to the Editor

Daycare plan allows more women to work

Re: “Do homework on all the costs of daycare plan,” editorial, Nov. 25.

I was disappointed to read Sunday’s poorly reasoned editorial chastising the government for “raising hopes” with its “reckless” $10-a-day daycare pilot project. The editorial claims that program’s cost will “force taxpayers and companies to tighten their belts.” Did the editor forget that parents are taxpayers, too?

I’m a new mother who has decided not to return to work full-time. For my family, it’s an economic sacrifice, but a choice we’re privileged enough to make. Daycare would consume 40 per cent of my net pay, so it didn’t seem worth it. But if we had $10-a-day daycare, I’d be incentivized to return.

With my full salary, we could save more, spend more, donate more and buy a house sooner. My household would contribute almost $12,000 more a year in provincial income tax, not to mention our increased spending power and the value I would generate for my employer. My lifelong earning potential would also be higher, as I wouldn’t be taking time away to raise my children.

Ten-dollar-a-day daycare would put thousands of women like me back in the workforce, generate economic growth and create financial stability for families. In this way, the costs of the program would balance out over time.

Even if $10-a-day doesn’t end up being feasible, this pilot project wouldn’t be “an embarrassment.” It would have given the participating families a two-year reprieve, a winning lottery ticket. Let’s hope the rest of B.C.’s families will be so lucky.

Danielle Leduc McQueen

Victoria

Read the Times Colonist Letters to the Editor here...

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Times Colonist - Letter to the Editor

Evidence supports daycare plan

Re: “Do homework on all the costs of daycare plan,” editorial, Nov. 25.

Years of “homework,” including a large and growing number of research studies, consistently find that public investment in high-quality, affordable child care results in large social and economic benefits. These benefits include increased female labour-force participation and economic growth (i.e. more jobs) and lower child and family poverty.

Years of “homework” also show that, among wealthy countries, Canada invests the least in child care, with provinces such as B.C. historically spending less than one-third of the international benchmark of one per cent of GDP. That’s why there are only enough licensed spaces for 18 per cent of young children in B.C. and, before B.C. Budget 2018, parent fees were too high and early childhood educator wages too low.

The cost and benefit analyses developed for the $10-a-day child-care plan are grounded in solid research. The child-care prototype sites across B.C. provide an excellent opportunity to learn even more about the actual costs of quality, affordable child care as the new system unfolds — a true example of evidence-based public policy that merits support, not unsubstantiated criticism.

Lynell Anderson

Family policy/$10-a-day researcher

Coquitlam

 

Read the Letters to the Editor in the Times Colonist newspaper here...

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$10aDay Progress Summary

BC’s new provincial government has taken first steps to begin implementing universal child care. BC Budget 2018 committed $1 billion over three years to improve access to quality, affordable child care, complemented by additional federal funding of $153 million. Building on its election commitment to the $10aDay Child Care Plan, government’s significant actions to date are in three key areas — lower parent fees, more licensed spaces, and higher ECE wages.

See the financial commitments here...

 

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Letter to the Editor in Coquitlam

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$10 a day Prototypes a Huge Success

1. Bowen's Kinderhaus selected for $10 a day daycare

Parents said it was like winning the lottery on Bowen. Click here for article...

2. Houston parents to pay $10 a day for daycare

Beanstalk coordinator says this will make a "huge difference" to local families. Click here for article...

3. Penticton childcare facility lands provincial funding; $10-a-day costs for parents

Parents of more than 100 children in Penticton will have their childcare costs drastically reduced. Click here for story...

4. FOULDS: Spend lots now, save much more later.

The announcement last week was life-changing for families of 117 kids in Kamloops... Click here for article...

5. Universal childcare in Kelowna off to a good start

Kelowna’s Little Scholars seeing positive results from B.C government’s $10-a-day project. Click here for article...

6. 'Like winning the lottery': $10-a-day child care to be tested at 8 Vancouver Island locations

Parents on Vancouver Island are ecstatic after the B.C. government announced it will begin testing out $10-a-day child care at more than 50 facilities around the province. Click here for the article...

7. West Shore parents relieved as Highlands daycare joins $10-a-day pilot

Lexie’s Little Bears’ Child Care Inc. is one of two Victoria daycares selected for this provincial pilot. Read more here...

8. B.C. announces new $10/day child care at 53 daycare facilities

The B.C. NDP government is taking steps to make good on its election promise of affordable, universal child care. Read more here...

9. Two North Okanagan daycares move to $10-a-day pilot

Roughly 2,500 parents who are existing clients will now pay a maximum of $200 per month. Read more here...

10. Revelstoke’s Stepping Stones child care selected to deliver universal, low-cost child care

Caregivers will pay no more than $200 a month per child. Read more here...

11. B.C. starts testing $10-a-day child-care program for 1,800 children across the province

The B.C. government is testing a program that will provide families across the province with $10 per day child care. Read more...

12. Families welcome $200 monthly child care fees in ‘life-changing’ pilot project

“I’ve had families, parents contact me who are in tears. They are so happy about the difference it’s going to make for their families,” Read more...

13. Updated: $10 a day for three Coquitlam child care centres

Parents to get subsidies to reduce the cost of care in provincial pilot. Read more here...

14. Low-cost child care pilot expanded in North Vancouver

Families of all 37 kids at Novaco daycare in Norgate will pay a maximum of $200 per month. Read more...

15. Comox child care centre among $10 a day prototypes

Government rolls out universal child care project, using 53 centres in pilot project. Read more...

16. Squamish's Discovery Kids Childcare selected for $10-a-day pilot project

B.C. launches $10-a-day daycare project at 53 sites across the province. Read more...

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Policy Brief: Child Care Access in BC — What’s Working (and What’s Worrying)

PART 2 OF 4 POLICY BRIEFING NOTES • FALL 2018

Click here to download a PDF version of this policy brief.

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