While BC takes the first steps towards implementing the $10aDay Plan, BC families still face the child care crisis. Here's Kasari's story about dealing with BC's child care chaos.
Kasari and her partner found out their son existed in the world when he was four days old. They adopted him when he was six days old. Unlike birth parents, they didn’t have time to get him on childcare waitlists the minute his due date was confirmed because they didn’t know then that he would be in their lives.Read more
Implementation of the $10aDay Plan will result in more women in the workforce. Here’s Susan’s take on why it matters.
What if we talked about women choosing to do paid work – and that was ok? A lot of us talk about the economic argument that we need child care because families need a two-parent income now so women are working outside the home.
And this is true. There’s an obvious and strong economic argument.
But I am afraid that what might get lost in this language is that women are making important contributions to their communities and that we want women in the workforce.Read more
It’s still early days of the new provincial government, yet already we’re seeing the first signs of a new approach to child care.Read more
A Mandate Letter from Premier John Horgan to the new Minister of State for Child Care, Katrina Chen.
Noteworthy and very important that the three main elements of the $10aDay Plan are provided as direction for the new Minister:
- Work with all levels of government, child-care providers, the private and not-for-profit sectors to implement a universal child-care plan that provides affordable, accessible and high-quality care and early learning to every child whose family wants or needs it, starting with infant/toddler programs before gradually expanding.
- Provide additional investments in the Early Childhood Educator workforce through training, education and fair wages to enhance and ensure quality.
- Accelerate the creation of new child-care spaces in communities across the province as part of building a Better BC.
After almost two months of uncertainty about BC’s political future, the Lieutenant Governor asked BC NDP leader John Horgan to form government. With the BC NDP’s commitment to implement the $10aDay Child Care Plan, the BC Green Party’s alignment on key aspects of the Plan, and the BC Liberals support for substantial investment in child care, the upcoming change in government marks a huge win for child care in BC. And, the historic Agreement between the BC New Democratic Party and the BC Green Party signals that we can expect to see immediate positive changes for child care in our province.Read more
Families have been Waiting for 16 Years
Throughout 16 years in government, the BC Liberals could have chosen to make quality child care available and affordable across the province. Instead, they allowed the crisis to grow, particularly over the last four years. While parent fees skyrocketed, the BC Liberal Government consistently underspent their child care budget.
Christy Clark and the BC Liberals now say they will commit $1 billion towards child care in their Throne Speech, creating 60,000 new spaces over four years.
This would have been wonderful news at any time over the last 16 years. Families with young children have struggled through a crippling shortage of licensed child care spaces and sky high parent fees, too often resorting to unregulated care with no monitoring or safety standards. And BC’s Early Childhood Educators have been undervalued, earning poverty-level wages.Read more
Many years ago I worked for a child care society that ran multiple child care programs in Northern BC and learned firsthand about the struggles small communities face in developing and maintaining trained Early Childhood Educators.Read more
Federal government releases first National Early Learning and Child Care Framework in over a decade: SMALL STEP FORWARD – MUCH MORE TO DO!
After a decade with no federal leadership on child care, the release of a federal-provincial-territorial Agreement is welcome news but the political flux in BC means our province is not yet a signatory to the Agreement. All other provinces, with the exception of Quebec which already has a system, have signed.
The Agreement recognizes that provinces and territories have the primary responsibility for the design and delivery of early learning and child care systems, such as the popular $10aDay Child Care Plan for BC. While the Agreement and related federal funding commitments fall far short of the federal Liberal government’s promise ‘to deliver affordable, high-quality, flexible and fully inclusive child care for Canadian families’, families in BC don’t want a political delay in any new federal child care funding.Read more
My husband and I had been told that care would be difficult to secure so I started looking when I was pregnant. I was on contract work and when our daughter was 6 weeks old I had to start working again, for 12 hours a week. We were on every waitlist around the city. We kept waiting and waiting and nothing came up.Read more
BCACCS renews the From Seed to Cedar campaign
The From Seed to Cedar Campaign is a chance for leadership and communities to support the creation of the IELCC framework, and especially the Child Care Providers who work so hard both to help children thrive and communities to re-establish Indigenous cultures. This is challenging, important and underappreciated work. Communities, families, and children have much to benefit from expanded, integrated, and culturally affirming Indigenous early childhood development programs, based on Indigenous-led, planned, and shared approaches. Find out how you can support the campaign here.