Early Childhood Care educators want best for families

Early Childhood Care educators want best for families

Kristi Dobson / Alberni Valley Times

May 14, 2015 12:00 AM 

Early childhood care workers are optimistic with the support that has been shown towards the $10/day Child Care Plan. Those in the field believe the initiative for more affordable child care would benefit not only families, but the quality of care their children receive. According to Ashley Salmon, program manager at Stepping Stones Alberni and co-chair of the Port Alberni branch of ECEBC, the Alberni Valley Childcare Society endorses the plan. "A big reason it is important is because it will make quality childcare universal and sustainable to families," Salmon said. Under the plan, child care fees would be capped at $10 per day for full-time programs and $7 for part-time. There would be no user frees for families with a total yearly income of $40,000 or less.

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Parents, educators rally for childhood support



by Kevin Campbell - The Northern View
posted May 13, 2015 at 7:00 AM

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How I became a $10aDay advocate


I’ve had the incredible opportunity to be involved with the $10 a Day Plan since the beginning, back when it was vision. And I’ve had the equally incredible opportunity to have worked with the visionaries that not only saw what could be, they refused to settle for anything less.

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Don Cayo: Better policies would get women to contribute more to the economy


By Don Cayo, Vancouver Sun columnist May 8, 2015


If women participated in the labour force at the same rate as men, the economy of a developed country such as Canada would experience a 12-per-cent jump in GDP, according to Dr. Doom, a.k.a. Nouriel Roubini, the economist who gained international prominence when he correctly predicted the U.S. housing crash and the ensuring financial crisis.

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Stroller brigade coming up Tuesday


posted May 7, 2015 at 3:00 PM

Williams Lake is encouraged to help raise awareness of the need for quality and affordable child care next Tuesday by participating in a stroller brigade, hosted by the Early Childhood Development Network.

Participants in the brigade will meet at the Boitanio Mall parking lot on Tuesday, May 12 at 11 a.m. and walk to Kiwanis Park.

The week of May 10-17 is the national week of action for child care with events planned across the country.

People are also encouraged to push for child care in the 2015 federal election to ensure every parent the opportunity to contribute to the workforce and strengthen the economy.

“Our federal government must come to the table with the provinces and territories, in B.C. to support implementation of the $10 a day childcare plan,” states Vote Child Care 2015 in its promotional materials for the week.

The Early Childhood Development Network is a group that meets monthly in Williams Lake, made up of agencies that serve children ages 0 to 6.


We’re paying for $7/day child care, so why is only one province getting it?


This blog was originally published by www.behindthenumbers.ca and reposted here with permission of the author.

Many Canadians don’t know that Quebec has the least expensive childcare in the country at $7/day (well actually $7.30 now). Meanwhile in Toronto parents pay $49/day, and in Vancouver it’s $41 a day for toddlers/preschoolers.

It’s no surprise that $7/day childcare is wildly popular in Quebec. It’s far cheaper than the national average, and allows for more parents, and far more women to enter (or re-enter) the workforce. It also creates more spaces in regulated centres.

In Canada, there are a million families with working parents who have young children. However, there are only half a million regulated child care spaces, leaving parents with long wait times and an increased reliance on the unregulated sector.

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This is how I advocate


It is said that a picture is worth a thousand words. I imagine that I’ll use about that many to tell the story of this particular picture and how the image of something in your mind can develop as it’s processed into a final picture.  

In my journey as an early care and learning advocate, there has been a wide range of emotions that either sparkle or sabotage each idea that I entertain. Linearly, the journey has been relatively short. I returned to school in September of 2013.

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Thoughts from the Progress Summit


This time a week ago I was in Ottawa waiting to go on stage and speak at the Broadbent Institute’s second annual Progress Summit. The whole experience of being in Ottawa for the event along with about 900 progressive thinkers and activists from across Canada was a stimulating and invigorating experience.

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New Polling Information



The results are in and they’re big newsA recent province-wide poll conducted by Insights West confirms that British Columbians overwhelmingly support the $10aDay Child Care Plan.

Here are 5 important findings from the Poll, confirming that a large majority of British Columbians:


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Welcome to 10aDay.ca!

BC families face a crisis in accessing quality, affordable child care. And, the BC government has no plan to meet the needs of working families. Together, we can change this reality!

Today, the Coalition of Child Care Advocates of BC is pleased to launch the $10aDay Child Care Campaign web site at 10aDay.ca.

The Campaign is led by a passionate, dedicated and skilled group of volunteers and very part-time consultants. Our leadership is collective – not individual. It honours the unique contribution each of us brings to the table. We are also proud to be part of, and inspired by, the child care movement in Canada – a movement whose value of sharing can and will change the world.

The Campaign also builds on our ongoing collaboration with the Early Childhood Educators of BC to raise public awareness about the child care crisis in BC – and about our solution, the $10aDay Child Care Plan.

Check out 10aDay.ca for information about the crisis, our Plan and the benefits for:

  • Children, women and families
  • Employers, communities and our economy

Then, join the thousands of British Columbians working to ensure that $10aDay Child Care becomes a reality. Sign our petition, share our new site, and spread the word! 

Thank you!



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