Every day, as an Early Childhood Educator, I see the need for quality, affordable and flexible childcare. This hit home on a personal level when my grandson was born. My daughter's job in Outdoor Recreation is a seasonal auxillary position. She is unable to find childcare that is affordable and flexible for her schedule. So the care of my grandson is divided up amongst the grandmothers and great grandmother. When her mother-in-law is watching her other grandchildren, whose mother has no affordable childcare, I have taken vacation days to watch my grandson. I don't want my daughter to miss the opportunity to work. Even my 70 year old mother has watched her great-grandson on many occasions when neither grandmother is available. Unfortunately my daughter has had to turn down work as no one was available to help her out. The need for quality, affordable and flexible childcare has never been greater.
The Child Care Nightmare from a Grandparent’s Perspective
There is nothing more wonderful than watching your children parent and nothing more difficult than watching them suffer for the lack of something that should be as basic to the infrastructure of our neighbourhoods as the local public school: I am talking about the need for quality, accessible, affordable child care services to support working and studying families.Read more
As a grandmother I think I am very very lucky. My daughter, her husband and their two children live in my community. What more could you ask for? Many of my “Nana” friends travel long distances to visit their grandkids, so I know how fortunate I am. I also know how fortunate my daughter is. I didn’t have the daily support of my parents when I was raising my kids. I spent three years a single parent. I went it alone, piecing together part time work, school and child care, which was tricky as I had preschool and school age children. There were some “less than optimum” risky arrangements that we lived through and I carry a huge amount of guilt about that.Read more
Working Mothers and the Child Care Dilemma
The must-read book of summer 2015 for all child care advocates.
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by Lisa Pasolli
Are you interested to know more about the $10aDay Child Care Plan for BC? How it will be funded, who pays, how much it will cost and how much it will benefit families and our economy - watch here...
A great interview with economist Iglika Ivanova explaining the $10aDay Child Care Plan for BC.
Starting Early: If it takes a community to raise a child, this might be the place to start.
By Kathy Booth in the Maple Ridge & Pitt Meadows TimesRead more
Support from Canadian Federation of University Women of Victoria
Moms go to work — and pay more taxes — when child care is affordable: report
Much of B.C.’s proposed $10-a-day program would pay for itself through increased taxes and reduced need for welfare, argues think tank
For families with school-aged children, summer is one of the most stressful and expensive times of the year, as they scramble to find and pay for child care. But for parents of younger children, that’s a year-round struggle.