Canada-wide Day of Action for Child Care

November 30th, 2022

Celebrating and Supporting Educators

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We’re at a historic moment for child care. Promises by the BC and federal governments to build a quality $10aDay Child Care system are becoming reality. The number of life-changing $10aDay spaces is steadily increasing, as are fee reductions for families not yet in a $10aDay program. There is more to do! The next urgent step is to compensate professionals in the sector with a fair provincial WAGE GRID recognizing credentials and years of experience!

BC needs to recognize educators in child care programs as professionals with a fair, provincial, publicly funded wage grid NOW!

For the November 30 Day of Action, we’re calling on government to ensure all educators in child care programs:

  • Are paid professional wages and benefits, based on a provincially funded wage grid, in line with their qualifications, experience and crucial role in society - just like K-12 teachers - to help solve the recruitment and retention problem.
  • Have paid time dedicated to professional development and advancement of BC’s Early Learning Framework and Indigenous Early Learning and Child Care Framework.
  • Are supported to enter the profession through tuition-free access to public post-secondary programs, student loan waivers and ongoing bursaries.

On November 30 across BC and Canada there will be many ways to celebrate educators and push for a fair wage grid. We encourage you to add your voice: create signs and post them on social media and tag #childcaredayofaction, hold an open house at your program and invite local politicians, give the educators in your program a special treat … lots of ideas, and we can provide t-shirts, buttons, stickers!

Download the Day of Action Information Sheet here...

Contact [email protected] or [email protected] for swag and more ideas

The Canada-wide Day of Action is supported by Child Care Now (Child Care Advocacy Association of Canada) www.childcarenow.ca sign the petition now.

 

 

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Results of our 2022 Supporter Survey

The $10aDay campaign strives to advance our goal of an inclusive, equitable and accessible child care system in ways that reflect the values and culture of the system we are advocating for. This means we are committed to reconciliation, diversity, equity, and inclusion.

As the BC and federal governments are now — finally! — beginning to implement their significant child care commitments, it is important that our advocacy works to include the diversity of BC families, children, and educators. We are committed to centring voices that have historically been excluded from our work and the broader BC women’s movement. We are taking concrete steps to include the lived experiences of families, children, and educators who identify as Black, Indigenous, People of Colour, 2SLGBTQIA+ and persons with disabilities.

As part of this commitment, we conducted a $10aDay Supporter Survey to better understand the extent to which $10aDay supporters reflect the diversity of BC families, children, and educators, and to identify supporters' priorities for making BC's child care system more inclusive.

Download the full survey results here.

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Twitter Comments

Tamara Herman
Thanks to the tireless work of @10aDayPlan & childcare advocates over decades, our childcare fees just dropped by $1100/month. This is life-changing for us & millions of other parents
Maria Dobrinskaya
This was a meaningful public policy announcement that will make real difference for so many families/women. Adding my voice to the chorus of appreciation for the tenacity & focus of @10aDayPlan campaign, @sharongregson & the countless other women over several decades. #bcpoli
Kristen KW
I cried today listening to this announcement. These investments have been so hard fought for, and they are relieving so much pressure for those of us with young ones. History making changes that leave a legacy of hope and greater equality. #SingleMomLife #WorkingMom #10aDay
Chantelle Krish
My child care fees have dropped by close to 50%. In one day. Thank you for the tireless work to get us closer to affordable, high quality childcare in BC. What a day @10aDayPlan @CCCA_BC @sharongregson @LynellAnderson @MornaBallantyne @jjhorgan @NikiSharma2 @YWCAVA 
Katie DeRosa
Here's the story: https://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/parents-to-save-up-to-550-a-month-on-child-care-fees-starting-dec-1 Very few questions at the announcement because the news is so positive, there's not much to be critical about. I have two kids in daycare and will save about $1,000 a month.
Bryan McCann
I am happy to pay this as a taxpayer that already paid $1000s for my own children's daycare. I am glad that the young families of today will get some relief.
Sarah Marriott
The new childcare savings for BC parents are kind of mind-blowing. Very excited for all my parent friends whose monthly budgeting just got a lot less stressful! Big global inflation fighter #bcpoli #childcarebc
Rob Gillezeau
I'm surprised to see this child care announcement out of BC getting so little attention. It's a big, broad-based reduction in child care costs that is going to impact far more families than the pilot site approach. #bcpoli
Meena Mann
Our first born is in daycare, so this news hits home in a big way. We are beyond excited about the Childcare Fee Reduction. I'M -pleasantly- shocked 
Rachel Haz Tweets
Incredible! Just heard from my daycare that we're going down to $505/month. That's $20/day. It's unbelievable. Will save our family $12,000 compared to last year.
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Media Release September 2022

MEDIA RELEASE September 23, 2022

Child Care gets More Affordable in BC — Great News for Families

Promise made, promise kept. One year ago, BC signed the Canada-wide child care agreement promising to significantly reduce fees by December 2022. Today, the BC government delivered on that promise. 

For families with young children, child care fees are often their second biggest expense after housing. The announcement today is a major step toward ensuring all families who choose child care pay no more than $10aDay. “This is a welcome investment in BC families and BC’s economy,” said Researcher Lynell Anderson.

Publicly funded fee reductions for the families of infants and toddlers in centre-based care are increasing from $350 to $900 per month — and the fee reduction for 3–5-year-olds in centre-based care is increasing from $100 to $545 per month. There are similar reductions for families using family and multi-age care. “This fee reduction is meaningful for our family” confirms mother of two young children, Sara Langlois. “It will significantly reduce the pressure on our family’s finances.”

Today’s announcement of increased affordability for families is in addition to the expansion of $10aDay to 12,500 spaces across the province.

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But too many families are still struggling to find a child care space — affordable or not.  So, it’s more good news that capital funding is available to expand non-profit, public, and Indigenous child care programs. “We recommend a planned approach, with child care included in all schools and public buildings” confirms $10aDay spokesperson Sharon Gregson.

However, the biggest child care challenge right now is the recruitment and retention of qualified early childhood educators. “The $4/hour publicly funded wage enhancement is certainly helpful but needs to transition to a fair, province-wide wage grid, with benefits, as part of improved compensation for early childhood care and education professionals,” said Emily Mlieczko of ECEBC.

We applaud today’s announcement and look forward to ongoing progress toward full implementation of the $10aDay child care system BC wants and needs.

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Child Care in Every Elementary School Campaign

Send a message to BC’s Minister of Education and Child Care @JM_Whiteside telling her we need school-age child care in every elementary school, for every family who chooses it.

Go here to add your voice

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Canada-wide Early Learning & Child Care Agreements

This week, federal, provincial and territorial first ministers, with primary responsibility for early learning and child care, gathered in British Columbia to discuss progress made in the first year since the signing of the first Canada-Wide Early Learning and Child Care agreement. Open letters from Child Care Now and the Canadian Child Care Federation urge ministers responsible for early learning and child care to make the child care workforce crisis a top priority in the coming year by developing a comprehensive workforce strategy that addresses compensation and working conditions of the Canada-wide child care workforce.

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Letter from Child Care Now

An open letter to Federal/Provincial/Territorial Ministers with primary responsibility for early learning and child care from Child Care Now.

(sent in advance of the Ministers’ meeting in Burnaby, BC on July 12, 2022) 

 

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Supporter Survey

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As government makes good on its child care commitments, we want to advance the $10aDay child care system in ways that reflect the values, needs and priorities of our supporters.

Now more than ever, we need your help to keep the government on the right track by ensuring our advocacy is informed by the diverse perspectives of BC children, families and educators, including those who identify as Black, Indigenous, People of Colour, 2SLGBTQIA+ and persons with disabilities.

For the first time we are conducting a short survey of our supporters. This survey asks demographic questions while an upcoming second survey will help us better understand your lived experiences. Together, they will help us ensure all families are included in BC’s new child care system. You can learn why we're asking specific demographic questions here.

Take the survey and enter a raffle for one of five $100 cash e-transfers. You'll be helping to:

  • Share the priorities of children, families, and educators
  • Identify current systemic inequities in BC’s child care system
  • Make recommendations to inform our advocacy strategy
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Child Care and the Environment

child_play.pngBC is at a moment of intense disruption and change, from the pandemic to the climate emergency, to the affordability and opioid crises. In response to this moment, we must seek out intersections between child care and other issues and movements, and look for actions that can simultaneously advance multiple goals.

In that spirit, we've written a policy note that identifies five key intersections between the issues of child care, the environment, and climate change, and provides 10 recommendations for concrete action by the BC government. 

Our aim is to help hasten BC’s transition to both universal child care and a clean economy in ways that improve the health and well-being of children, families, educators, and communities.

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BC Budget 2022 Response

BC Budget 2022 puts $10aDay Child Care Back on Track!

New Federal Funding cuts parent fees in half and expands $10aDay spaces – but more action needed on educator wages to solve recruitment and retention crisis and ensure growth of high-quality programs.

In a turnaround from last year’s “lacklustre” budget, BC Budget 2022 adds $419 million in new child care funding next year – a 50% increase in BC’s annual base funding of $800 million, mainly thanks to new federal funds. Families across the province will benefit from lower parent fees and more licensed spaces, including an expansion of $10aDay spaces.

Budget 2022 also extends the $4/hour Wage Enhancement to cover more early childhood educators (ECEs), and expands access to ECE post-secondary education. “These funds are welcome” confirms Emily Gawlick, Executive Director of Early Childhood Educators of BC “but to solve the serious recruitment and retention crisis in the sector the province must develop and implement a competitive provincial wage grid for early childhood educators.”

“BC Budget 2022 includes action on affordability and access that families are desperate for” observes Sharon Gregson, Spokesperson for BC’s $10aDay Child Care Campaign. “It’s also good news that child care is moving into the Ministry of Education – but more must be done to fairly compensate educators for their important work”.

With the new federal funding in place, BC Budget 2022 child care highlights include:

  • Affordability - 50% reduction in parent fees for children under age six, resulting in average fees of approximately $20 per day by the end of 2022. Fee reductions for preschool and school-age care by the beginning of the 2023/24 school year. Expansion of $10aDay spaces, reaching a total of 12,500 by the end of 2022.
  • Access – 30,000 new spaces within 5 years, 40,000 within 7 years, plus more school-age spaces.
  • Indigenous-led child care - funding to support Aboriginal Head Start and engagement, community planning, and capacity building with Indigenous stakeholders.

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