May is Child Care Month - 2024

Co-developed Statement for May is Child Care Month BC Aboriginal Child Care Society (BCACCS), Early Childhood Educators of BC (ECEBC), Métis Nation BC (MNBC), and the Coalition of Child Care Advocates of BC (CCCABC) - while different organizations with distinct mandates, we recognize our shared priorities and stand together, with...

ECE Compensation in BC: Spring 2024 Update

Fairly compensated and valued early childhood education professionals are key to providing a high-quality child care system that meets the needs of children and families in all their diversities — and essential to achieving BC’s goal of a child care system that families can rely on for $10aDay or less.... Read more

B.C. mother says lack of child care could leave her homeless

Jennifer Palma & Simon Little: Global News -  A single Surrey, B.C., mother who works in the trades says she’s facing homelessness if she can’t solve her child-care problems. Alisha Ludlow works as a plumber but had to take the day off Friday because it was a Pro-D day at her eight-year-old son Jacob’s school. She spent...

B.C. Premier Pressed on $10-a-day Child Care Promise

Chad Pawson: CBC News - Average cost of child care has dropped from around $50 per day to an average of $18 per day: Eby B.C.'s premier says the average cost per day for parents paying for child care has plummeted from what it was when his party took power in the provincial...

Province says it’s Committed to $10aDay Program

Amy Judd: Global News - B.C. falls behind on $10-a-day daycare funding but province says it’s committed to program B.C. Premier David Eby said the province remains committed to its $10-a-day childcare program as the latest numbers show it is falling short of its goal. In last week’s provincial budget, $1.9 billion...

Child Care Needs to be a Top Priority

CHEK News - ‘Needs to be a top priority’: Advocates urge province to increase $10-a-day child-care funding Advocates and families across B.C. are concerned the province is falling behind on its promise to implement universal $10-a-day child-care spots. This comes after the provincial budget contained a minimal increase to the...

Lag in B.C. Child Care Funding

Vaughn Palmer: Vancouver Sun - Premier ducks questions on lag in B.C. child-care funding Opinion: David Eby would rather media focus on the broader picture than asking about his broken promises VICTORIA — Premier David Eby ducked a question this week about why his government is lagging so far behind...

Millions in Federal Child Care Cash Underutilized

Rob Shaw: The Orca - B.C.'s troubled $10 child care rollout leaves millions in federal cash underutilized Despite cash-strapped parents desperate for new $10-a-day child care sites, the B.C. government’s roll-out of the system is so troubled that it can’t even spend hundreds of millions of dollars it’s already getting from Ottawa.... Read more

BC Budget 2024 Media Release

Budget 2024: What’s happening for $10aDay Child Care in B.C.? Thank goodness for federal $10aDay child care investments! The increasing federal dollars of approx. $250 million in Budget 2024 are sustaining progress made to date, with relatively minor growth forecast over the next two years. Meanwhile 75% of children in...

Playing Politics with $10-a-day Child Care

Paul Kershaw: Globe & Mail - Provinces harm family finances by playing politics with $10-a-day child care Two years into the rollout of federal funding for $10-a-day child care, the plan still isn’t firing on all cylinders. But it isn’t a sign that the plan is broken. It signals that provinces...

Waiting Lists in BC

Child-care costs are dropping across Canada. But some families are still waiting years for spaces. Some daycares are closing waitlists due to high demand, as advocates call for funds for more staff, and expansion. Read more

Co-developed Statement for Day of Action

We thank our colleagues at BC Aboriginal Child Care Society, Métis Nation BC, and Early Childhood Educators of BC for working with us to co-develop this joint statement for the 2023 Canada-wide Day of Action for Child Care:     Read more

New ECE wage supports are well-deserved, but not enough and not what was promised

Despite their indispensable role in nurturing the cognitive and social foundations of BC’s children, ECE professionals in our Province and across the country have long been undervalued and underpaid. Read more

Media Release: BC's new $2/hr top-up for ECEs is a step forward

Today we are pleased that Early Childhood Educators will be receiving another well-deserved and significant step towards fair wages in our province. Read more

Article from Brittany Hopkins

Your little one's educators need a raise Friend, I have a problem. Maybe you can relate. I joined every child care seeker’s forum I could find in hopes of finding the perfect spot for my youngest. And now, every time I open Facebook, I’m hit with desperate pleas from families...

An ECE Wage Grid of at Least $30-$40/hour

The BC government has committed to develop and implement an early childhood educator wage grid, both in its 2021 Canada-Wide Early Learning and Child Care Agreement with the federal government, and in the recent mandate letter of BC’s Minister of State for Child Care. With this commitment in mind, the... Read more

What should be in BC's 2024 Budget

Our formal submission to the BC government recommends three key actions in Budget 2024. Read more

$10aDay Update

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Child Care Facility Design Standards

THE COALITION OF CHILD CARE ADVOCATES AND EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATORS OF BC are very pleased that the government of British Columbia is currently undertaking a project to develop the first-ever province-wide child care facility design (and cost) standards. These forthcoming standards are an opportunity to create conditions for ethical care...

May is Child Care Month 2023

Joint Statement to Acknowledge May is Child Care Month 2023 BCACCS, ECEBC, MNBC, CCCABC Across British Columbia children are thriving, parents are able to be at work or school, and communities are prospering in a multitude of ways, all because of quality licensed child care programs. Recognizing May as Child Care... Read more

Letter from Minister Grace Lore

In February 2023 hundreds of $10aDay supporters wrote to government highlighting the urgent need for a fair wage grid for educators in the child care sector, and for publicly planned expansion of new programs. This letter from Minister Grace Lore was received in response in which she states BC has...

Child Care Successes Can't Stop Here

Other provinces are catching up and surpassing B.C. as leaders in affordable child care Read the article at The Orca... There’s been amazing progress on child care in B.C. over the last few years, so why are child care advocates concerned now?Our province led the country by being first to... Read more

Response to BC Budget 2023

Media release from the Coalition of Child Care Advocates of BC and the Early Childhood Educators of BC February 28, 2023 BC Budget 2023 & Child Care: Lack of Profile or Next Steps to $10aDay….. but Commitments Remain Child care progress highlighted for contribution to family affordability and growth in...

Chinazor's Message

Chinazor is an Early Childhood Educator in Victoria, British Columbia and a member of the CCCABC Wage Grid Committee. She has a message about the importance of a fair province-wide wage grid for educators. Please watch...  

Recruitment & Retention Report

Evaluation of Early Care and Learning Recruitment and Retention Strategy EXECUTIVE SUMMARY November 2022 In 2018, British Columbia launched the Early Care and Learning Recruitment and Retention Strategy (ECL R&R Strategy). It is part of a larger ten‐year (“Childcare BC”) plan, to increase the quality, affordability, and availability of child...

New Federal Child Care Legislation

Media Release December 9, 2022 New Federal Legislation for Child Care: It’s been a long time coming! 52 years after the Royal Commission on the Status of Women in Canada first recommended a national day care act, we are now on the brink of seeing that vision set out in...

Focus on Rights and Reconciliation

  November 2022 The need for a province-wide fair wage grid with a focus on Indigenous rights and reconciliation. In British Columbia we are celebrating the measurable progress achieved in our province since 2018 towards creating a $10aDay child care system to meet the needs of children, families, communities, and...

Canada-wide Day of Action for Child Care

November 30th, 2022 Celebrating and Supporting Educators Download the Day of Action Information Sheet here... 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,...

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... Read more

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 @sharongregson #babymac https://nwmd.io/s/twitter/ZxQ-BTXEHPPvRWqnK7U=/r… @10aDayPlan #10aDay Maria Dobrinskaya This was a meaningful public policy announcement that will make real difference for so many families/women....

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...

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

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...

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)   

Supporter Survey

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...

Child Care and the Environment

BC 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...

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,...

ROADMAP for Child Care in BC

This Roadmap offers a service delivery framework aligned with the $10aDay Child Care Plan. It provides a level of policy detail required to create a universally accessible, quality system for families who choose child care for their infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and school-age children — a public system in which early...

My Business and $10aDay

The purpose of this blog post is to share information about how the $10aDay system can be achieved - with public accountability for the increase in taxpayer funding - while acknowledging the hard work and investment of current child care owners, who are asking: “How does my business fit into... Read more

50% Reduction

How to Reduce Parent Fees by an Average of 50% by December 2022 In July 2021 BC signed a $3.2 billion Bilateral Early Learning and Child Care Agreement with the federal government. In the Agreement the province promises to reduce average parent fees by 50% for regulated and funded child...

BC Budget 2022

Submission to Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services $10aDay Child Care Recommendations for BC Budget 2022 September 30, 2021 The Coalition of Child Care Advocates of BC recommendations for BC Budget 2022 are to ensure the Bilateral Agreement is implemented quickly and effectively, with additional provincial investments to...

Orange Shirt Day

The Coalition of Child Care Advocates of BC recognizes today is the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. A sombre day reflecting on re-discovered unmarked graves of Indigenous children, and ongoing injustices, violence and racism against First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples. We lift-up the good work of the...

Vancouver Economic Commission

$10aDay: Affordable Childcare is Coming to BC After decades of advocacy by communities across BC, the Province of BC and Government of Canada have announced an investment of $3.2 billion over five years in quality, affordable and universal childcare. Motivated by the $10aDay campaign – a community response to BC’s childcare crisis developed by The...

Media Release Election 2021

For Immediate release - August 31, 2021 $10aDay or Tax Credit? BC voters have a clear choice on child care in Federal Election 2021 British Columbians Expect Governments to deliver $10aDay Child Care  BC is so close to seeing $10aDay child care become a life-changing reality for more families. The...

Election Reality Check

Are you wondering which will help your family most - $10aDay child care or a tax credit? Download this clear comparison...

Life Changing Impacts of $10aday

$10aDay Child Care: Life-Changing Impacts for BC Families Download the document here... August, 2021 Late in 2018, when families of over 2,000 in BC children learned that their program would become a $10/day prototype site, they described the impact of having their fees reduced to a maximum of $10/day as...

Big Win for BC

July 8, 2021 For Immediate release: Child Care News Delivers Big Win for BC Families and Economy Download media release here... Today’s announcement confirms an Agreement between the Province of British Columbia and the Government of Canada for substantial new federal funding for child care. This $3.2 billion investment over...

Recruitment and Retention Report

Evaluation of Early Care and Learning Recruitment and Retention Strategy Final Evaluation Report May 2020 British Columbia has made a $136m investment in an Early Care and Learning Recruitment and Retention Strategy (ECL R&R Strategy) for the province’s Early Care and Learning sector. The ECL R&R Strategy is part of...

Bilateral Negotiations

June 2021 Bilateral Child Care Negotiations BC is expected to be the first province/territory to reach an Agreement with the Federal government for new child care funds committed in the 2021 Federal Budget. The Federal Government has adopted the goal of providing $10aDay child care across Canada and has allocated...

$10aDay Op-Ed

Sharon Gregson and Lynell Anderson: Here’s the roadmap to $10-a-day child care in B.C. Opinion: The for-profit business model doesn’t work for child care. It is not the way to grow a system. The way forward is to invest taxpayers’ funds in new public and non-profit facilities that will be... Read more