Over 600 new Indigenous Early Learning & Child Care Spaces

Indigenous families in over 30 communities throughout the province will benefit from more than 600 new, free licensed child care spaces and expanded Aboriginal Head Start (AHS) programs. These programs support Indigenous families in becoming stronger and keep children connected to their culture. The announcement was made by Katrine Conroy,...

New Spaces Fund increasing to $3 million per project

Maximum funding amount available from Childcare BC New Spaces Fund increasing to $3 million per project THE maximum funding amount available from the Childcare BC New Spaces Fund to public-sector organizations, such as local governments, school districts, tribal councils and First Nations governments, is increasing to $3 million per project, up...

Surrey Board of Trade Pleased

Surrey Board of Trade Pleased with BC Government’s Funding Increases for Childcare Spaces SURREY – On July 15, the BC Government announced funding increases for childcare spaces. A significant increase in funding will help public-sector and non-profit organizations create more publicly owned and operated child care spaces in BC communities. The...

Three New Child Care Centres coming to Burnaby by 2020

Cornelia Naylor/Burnaby Now APRIL 16, 2019 Burnaby should have three new child-care centres with a total of 124 new licensed spaces by January 2020, thanks in part to $2.25 million from the provincial government. The City of Burnaby is getting $2 million to help build two of the centres with...

$1 Million for Maple Ridge Child care

Maple Ridge - Pitt Meadows News PHIL MELNYCHUK Jul. 2, 2019  Maple Ridge is getting a $1-million boost for child care services at the new Albion Community Centre, thanks to the senior governments. Federal and provincial politicians stopped into Maple Ridge on Tuesday to announce the award that will allow the city to...

Kamloops assessment

Child-care assessment continues in Kamloops Jessica Wallace / July 11, 2019 After receiving provincial funding to assess child-care spaces, city staff will be engaging this summer with child-care providers. The city issued a survey and now plans to follow up in person. Anecdotally, the city and KTW have heard of a shortage... Read more

Katrina Chen visits local child care

Cabinet minister pops into local daycare Oliver Chronicle / July 9, 2019 Minister of State for Child Care Katrina Chen paid a visit to Inkameep Preschool and Daycare last week. “This is a real example of culturally inclusive childcare and we definitely need more examples like this to make sure... Read more

Rethinking how to pay for new spaces

Iglika Ivanova and Lynell Anderson: Building B.C. a universal child-care system means rethinking how to pay for new spaces The Province News / July 8, 2019 OPINION: To quickly meet the needs of B.C. families we need to rethink how we fund new spaces and invest in publicly owned child... Read more

Whistler staffing crisis

Who's minding the baby? Clare Ogilvie / July 4, 2019  Staffing and housing issues are old friends on the list of challenges when it comes to offering sustainable solutions for any number of things in Whistler. Most recently, they have come to the fore in the discussion around child care and... Read more

Child care needs study

Nanaimo, Lantzville, Parksville, Qualicum partner on studying child care needs Nanaimo News Staff / June 25, 2019 Five local governments will look collectively at child care in the region. The City of Nanaimo, District of Lantzville, City of Parksville, Town of Qualicum Beach and the Regional District of Nanaimo announced... Read more

City of Penticton supports $10aDay Child Care

City of Penticton supports $10aDay Child Care program Jordyn Thomson / June 19, 2019 The City of Penticton has endorsed the provincial $10aDay Child Care initiative. At the regular council meeting on June 18, council voted unanimously to send a letter of support to the provincial NDP government in relation... Read more

Kamloops parent letter

Letter: Healthy kids become healthy adults Kamloops This Week / June 13, 2019 Editor: Re: Fred Bugden’s letter of June 12, in which he decries the idea of $10-a-day day care, subsidized by taxpayers (‘I should not be forced to pay for your kids’): I don’t want to live in a... Read more

Increased support for B.C. child care

Poll: Support for B.C. child care moves, but parents still struggling Zak Vescera / June 13, 2019 British Columbians support recent government investments in child care but are still in serious need of affordable public spaces, according to a new poll. An online survey of 800 adults, including 400 parents, conducted by... Read more

Survey indicates B.C. residents need change

British Columbians want change when it comes to child care: survey Mario Canseco / June 13, 2019 After Quebec began the implementation of a nearly universal child care system in 1997, many other jurisdictions in Canada have attempted to emulate the policy. Proud Quebecers who have benefitted are quick to... Read more

Demand for $10 a day in Kimberley

Budget consultation committee visits Kimberley Carolyn Grant / June 13th, 2019 Columbia River Revelstoke MLA Doug Clovechok is on a whirlwind tour across the province with the Budget Consultation Committee. He was in Kimberley on Tuesday, June 11 with the committee, which is made up of MLAs of all parties,... Read more

Penticton family may have to move

Penticton family may have to move back to Ontario due to lack of affordable child care Global News / July 1, 2019 A Penticton, B.C., family says they may be forced to move back to Ontario due to the lack of affordable, quality child care options in the South Okanagan.... Read more

Increased demand for universal child care

Get going on universal child care: B.C. premier to provinces, territories, feds The Canadian Press / July 5, 2019 VANCOUVER - Stressed-out Vancouver parents will get some relief knowing 2,300 child care spots will be available in about three years but the city currently has a shortfall of 17,000 spaces, the mayor... Read more

Vancouver to get 2,300 more daycare spots

Vancouver to get 2,300 more daycare spots, but 17,000 spaces needed The Canadian Press / Jul. 4, 2019  The governments of B.C. and Vancouver have teamed up to provide 2,300 child care spots in the city, but they won’t be available for three years and the mayor says there’s still... Read more

Budget 2020 Recommendations

Submission to Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services $10aDay Child Care Recommendations for BC Budget 2020 June 26, 2019 Written Submission from the Coalition of Child Care Advocates of BC The BC government has taken bold initial steps towards its commitment to universal child care by reducing parent... Read more

Submission to Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services $10aDay Child Care Recommendations for BC Budget 2020

Click here to view a PDF version of this post. The BC government has taken bold initial steps towards its commitment to universal child care by reducing parent fees, raising educator wages and education, affirming its support for Indigenous-led child care and introducing $10aDay Prototype Sites across the province. These... Read more

Results of New Poll on Child Care in BC

Province-wide poll finds strong support for new government investments in child care with much more required to deliver the popular $10aDay Plan. Almost two-thirds of parents who have a child enrolled in child care say current government investments are having a positive impact on their child care situation – but... Read more

EDITORIAL: A good start to childcare

$10-a-day care is still a long way off Sooke News Mirror / Editorial May 8, 2019  Make no mistake about it, after 16 years of neglect under B.C’s Liberal government, the child care landscape in B.C. has begun to claw it’s way back to a level that might give parents a... Read more

Kamloops council gives unanimous support to $10aday Child Care Plan

by: Brendan Kergin The City of Kamloops has joined with dozens of other B.C. municipal governments in supporting the $10aDay Child Care Plan to help make child care more affordable and accessible across the province. Council voted to write a letter of support for the plan after Sharon Gregson, the plan's spokesperson, made... Read more

Kamloops council endorses $10-a-day child care

Kamloops is the 56th local/regional government to endorse the plan, in addition to more than 30 school districts Jessica Wallace /Kamloops This Week  MAY 8, 2019 Kamloops council has endorsed what the province says is one of the largest social policy shifts in B.C.’s history — $10-a-day child care. However, it... Read more

Tri-Cities Parents Scrambling

Tri-City parents scrambling after Port Coquitlam daycare closes suddenly By Tanya Beja Reporter  Global News May 1, 2019 Parents in the Tri-Cities are scrambling to find child care after a Port Coquitlam daycare closed suddenly. Kendra Riley paid a $250 deposit in April to secure an after-school spot for her daughter at... Read more

Putting people first

Launching first phases of universal child care policy through a $10-a-day pilot program John Horgan / Apr. 18, 2019 Wherever I go, I meet people who have had to make difficult choices to help their family get ahead and thrive. Over the past decade British Columbians have struggled with rising costs... Read more

$10-a-day child care not in 2019 budget

$10-a-day child care not in 2019 budget, but advocate not irked Ashley Wadhwani / Feb. 20, 2019 The NDP’s $10-a-day child care may not have been directly mentioned in the government’s provincial budget, despite it being one of the party’s key election promises, but one advocate says the government is... Read more

BC Child Care Dilemma

B.C. family wins child care lottery, another 'stuck in the middle' David Molko / February 27, 2019 Susan Tran from Vancouver and Edith MacHattie from Port Moody are like many Metro Vancouver middle class parents. Both are married with multiple children, and both they and their spouses are juggling full-time jobs.... Read more

City of Kamloops receives $25K grant

City of Kamloops receives $25K grant for use in child-care space inventory Jessica Wallace / March 22, 2019  A Kamloops councillor who has been pushing the issue of a lack of child-care spaces in the city is delighted with news the city has received a $25,000 provincial grant to create an inventory of child-care... Read more

Canadian provinces taking on child care

How Canadian provinces are taking on affordable child care — and how it compares to the world Maham Abedi / March 26, 2019 Alberta’s New Democrats have unveiled an election pledge that would expand its $25-a-day child care plan. The province’s NDP Leader Rachel Notley said the price cap would apply no matter what a... Read more

Child care study

Child care study money a step towards $10 a day care — advocate Diane Strandberg / March 22, 2019 Grants totaling $75,000 for child care planning in Port Moody, Coquitlam and Port Coquitlam won’t solve the daycare crisis today but will go a long way towards the implementation of a $10-a-day plan,... Read more

Vancouver Women's Movement

Federal funding aims to help women’s movement in Metro Vancouver Jessica Kerr / March 28, 2019 Fourteen women’s organizations in the Lower Mainland are among more than 250 from across Canada receiving a financial shot in the arm from Ottawa. Back on March 8, which is International Women’s Day, Minister for... Read more

King County’s child care woes

Clues for fixing King County’s child care woes may be found in British Columbia Ashley Hiruko and Aaron Kunkler / March 30, 2019 Vancouver, British Columbia’s child care issues look painfully similar to those experienced by parents in King County and across Washington state. British Columbia, Canada saw 16 years of worsening... Read more

Millennials need more government support

COLUMN: Millennials need more government support Wayne Stetski / Apr. 3, 2019 As a Member of Parliament, I represent people in all stages of life and think it’s important to consider the impact of government policies and investments across age brackets. As a parent and grandparent, I hope my children... Read more

50-year Anniversary

Early child care educators celebrate 50-year anniversary BRITTANY GERVAIS / Apr. 9, 2019 Approximately 250 people, including early childhood educators in Terrace and across the province, gathered at the Sportsplex April 6 to mark the 50-year anniversary of the Early Childhood Educators of BC (ECEBC) organization. There were many activities... Read more

Squamish Child Care

EDITORIAL: Light at the end of the Squamish child care tunnel The Chief staff / Squamish Chief APRIL 10, 2019 A Squamish new dad says the final straw forcing his family to sell their home and move from Squamish is the lack of accessible and affordable childcare. This is an extreme real-life example... Read more

Check out the 2019 edition of the $10aDay Plan

We are so pleased to share with you the UPDATED 2019 edition of the popular $10aDay Child Care Plan. This plan for a public system of integrated early care and learning was first launched in 2011. Developed through wide consultation across BC and based on research and evidence, the Plan is the... Read more

Budget 2019 Continues to Prioritize Child Care - Benefiting Families, Educators & the Economy

Popular $10aDay Plan is the template for building quality, universal child care across BC over 10 years. Click here to access this press release in PDF format. Read more

BC Budget 2019 focus on Child Care

Meet daycare ‘lottery’ winners — will there be more in budget? Katie DeRosa / Times Colonist 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,...

$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...

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...

$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...

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...

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...

$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,...

Letter to the Editor in Coquitlam

Read letters from Lynell Anderson and Tara King in the Tri-City News

$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...

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.

$10aDay Child Care Recommendations for BC Budget 2019

Our submission to the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services

The Lengths Some Parents Must Go To...

The lengths some Kamloops parents must go just to secure daycare Karen Edwards KAMLOOPS - Emily Anderson didn’t need day care for her son until he was a year old, but she knew she had to start early. She started looking when he was two months old and got on...